Tag Archives: light and shade

Photographing in Siouxland, Durham Museum, Omaha, NE

1 Apr

Descending stairs at the Durham Museum, formerly a Union Station, in Omaha, NE Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes as one pursues his/hers photographic interests or various endeavors, clicking the shutter can be a leap of faith. Going somewhere while making images but not really certain where that somewhere will lead them.

I enjoy creating images with light and shade. The two work hand in hand to help create an image. To me at times the images can be intriguing and ambiguous, and at other times pretty straight forward.

But unless one clicks the shutter and captures a moment to share with others, one may never know. One foot in front of the other and one click of the shutter at a time. Following the light into the darkness and vice versa. And I guess it is as some folk say, it’s not the destination, but the journey.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Seeing Light and Shade in Siouxland, Sioux City

20 Mar

Light coming in through a window, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Something I do from time to time and am not always conscious of the fact is seeing light, and how it and objects interact with each other. Driving about Siouxland or visiting a particular place or destination I enjoy my surroundings but am always looking at the light. Most times it might not be exactly as I would prefer in photographing a particular subject matter, but after years of working for newspapers and making due with what one finds I can get beyond that.

Light coming in through a window, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

If I am in a place or revisiting a place I like to make an image to compare to an earlier version. I may be stopping by at a different time of day or time of year. The light is always changing and how it changes affects one’s subjects, even if buildings or landscapes remain the same. And it’s an exercise that I often pursue if for not other pleasure that to see if I can create a better image that previously. Some days are good, some are passable. It all comes down to how one sees and reacts to what is seen. Sometimes we can surprise ourselves and at other times feel disappointed. But at the end of the day, one should just enjoy being somewhere and appreciate the now.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Light coming in through a window, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Just Seeing in Siouxland, Sioux City

12 Mar

A doorway leading into or out of Eppley Auditorium where a student art of Morningside College students are on display in a gallery, Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes when I am out and about, I am just that. No defined destination or thought about what I might photograph. The other day I visited a student art show at a local college. Saw some nice work hanging on the walls, as well as of a permanent collection the college has. And so when I was leaving, I saw a couple things that intrigued me. Now they seem a bit obvious, but then, I guess they were thoughts manifesting into something more tangible that I could “see” and photograph. It’s just nice to be out and about even with winter hanging on. And it seems to be doing that well.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Interesting design found outside of Morningside College’s Eppley Auditorium where student art work ins on display in a gallery, Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Light and Shade in Siouxland, South Dakota and Nebraska

15 Jan

Shadows and lines in the Haymarket in Lincoln, NE Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Driving about Siouxland and parts near and farther, it’s not always the destination that I look to photograph or even the journey. Sometimes I am motivated simply because of the light, or lack thereof that draws my attention. Light and shade, it’s what makes images. Most times it’s the lighting of a subject or place or landscape a person is trying to share. But for me, it’s the interplay between the two and what transpires and the result.

Shadows and lines in the Haymarket in Lincoln, NE Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes it is not always as “clean” an image as I would like, but I still like the interplay that I see before me and try to capture and show what I saw at that moment in time.

Of course it helps to have objects that allow the interplay of light and shade to happen all around them, more easily done in urban settings, but sometimes it’s found more in nature, well, maybe where man had a hand in “shaping” nature.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Shadows and lines in the Haymarket in Lincoln, NE Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Light play through windows onto the floor of a former court room in the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls, SD Monday, Oct. 22 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Lights and shadows in a bird blind at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Friday Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Siouxland’s Tonality of Summer, Le Mars Bike Trail

17 Aug

Some days you feel like a nut, some days you don’t, to borrow a jingle from a candy bar commercial. Walking the Le Mars Bike Trail is always pleasant. More pleasant when the weather is cooler, but I like the route and depending on whether one is a nut one day or not, a person can see something numerous times and yet see it differently.

Light and shadow involving a highway bridge and supports along the Le Mars bike path in Le Mars, Iowa July 20, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I have traversed this route numerous times. And I always try to see it differently. This time I looked at it through tones, as in black and white tones. My first few photographic jobs as a newspaper photographer involved shooting B&W for these various publications. And it is through the tonal variety within an image as well as the subject matter that creates the photograph which people may remember. Color does not help here. And if one looks at color when shooting B&W it may even skew results because those bright reds will be surprisingly dark shades of grey. And to differentiate a person in similar color that seems apparent in the “real” world we live in, is not in B&W. One must be a little more deliberate in the execution of creating a photograph.

Light and shade along the Le Mars bike path in Le Mars, Iowa July 20, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

You want highlights to draw a viewer’s attention and lead them merrily through your photograph to a destination that can be mysterious or in plain sight. But in black and white it still must deliver a final effort or effect which is what hopes all photographs will do.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Light and shade along the Le Mars bike path in Le Mars, Iowa July 20, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Photographing scenes in Siouxland, Hillview Park in Hinton

15 Jul

I always find it interesting when visiting places in Siouxland or elsewhere how people interpret those visits. Especially doing so through photographs the viewer can take away a myriad of perceptions. And it all depends on what the photographer has in mind. Does he or she what people to see something in particular or take away a certain viewpoint of what they themselves encountered? One can only speculate. But a line from a Christmas movie kind of sums it up when the character said “Seeing is believing,” not believing is seeing.” And so too a photographer’s interpretation of what is seen.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A difference in exposure changes a scene in rural Woodbury County, Iowa Tuesday June 26, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A difference in exposure changes a scene in rural Woodbury County, Iowa Tuesday June 26, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sunshine in Siouxland, Bow Valley, NE

12 Apr

Like many parts of the country, Siouxland is experiencing an extended winter season with only a spritz of sunshine appearing now and again. It will be nice to see on a regular basis again along with warmer temps, but until then one can only be patient and have another cup of coffee.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Shapes and angles created by sun and shade in Bow Valley, Nebraska Thursday, March 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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