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Enjoying Architecture in Siouxland, University of South Dakota, Vermillion

20 Oct

Working with B&W on a grey day on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

As I explain to students who take some of the photo courses I teach through the Lifelong Learning program at Western Iowa Tech in Siouxland, sometimes the weather, time of year, and other factors will nudge my shooting style on a particular day. On a trip to Vermillion, SD it was an overcast day. No bright blue skies, the leaves not yet turning and apparently more rain on the way. But it didn’t deter me from shooting a few images.

Working with B&W on a grey day on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Working with B&W on a grey day on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I photographed in B&W, working with tonality and lines and form. Not all images are competition winners, most in fact are not. But still they achieve the effect I was looking to create and help tell their own story. Color isn’t everything, and at times can detract from an image. So one must rely on other ways to relaying to the viewer what they the photographer is trying to share. Light and shadow, form and shape, etc.

Working in B&W on a grey day on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Working with B&W on a grey day on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Working with B&W on a grey day on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

When I visited it had been after a rather contentious fight in the U.S. Senate about the newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice. Some remnants of students’ thoughts remained, although many were fading from the sidewalks they were expressed on. And here again, I felt B&W was a better way of expressing the students’ written thoughts rather than color and the colorful chalk used. It provided a more stark presentation of a tough topic that is only now gaining mainstream attention.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The #MeToo movement seen on the campus in the form of sidewalk chalk writing about sexual assault at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The #MeToo movement seen on the campus in the form of sidewalk chalk writing about sexual assault at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The #MeToo movement seen on the campus in the form of sidewalk chalk writing about sexual assault at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The Day the Music Went Quiet in Siouxland, National Music Museum, Vermillion, SD

10 Oct

I found out recently that the National Music Museum located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD will be closing for two years for an expansion project of the museum that will add 16,000 square feet of additional space, which includes two floors and an underground level.

The National Music Museum ot the campus of the University of South Dakota, will be closing for a couple of years for expansion and renovation, seen at Vermillion, SD Tuesday, Oct. 2 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

From reading a press release and a current newsletter I found out that the 1910 former Carnegie Library expansion will include extra display area and a new performing space. The museum currently houses 15,000 instruments plus other material associated with them. It will be expanding its restoration area and be adding a dedicated research area.

I have visited the museum a few times taking advantage of free lunch time concerts that are presented there. A real treat to hear accomplished musicians perform their stuff. I especially like the Christmas concerts which gets a person into the mood for the season.

 

 

I will be sad not to hear a Christmas concert this year or next in the museum’s current performance space. It is small and intimate like a group of friends arriving at someone’s parlor to hear a performance. Performances will continue though at other venues on campus with a scheduled Christmas performance on the books. The expansion will benefit the museum though, and its continued service to the world of music and make a living art a little easier to ensure its future and enjoyment of music lovers.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Winter in Siouxland, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

13 Jan

While visiting a farm show held in a sporting venue of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, I took a little walk around campus. It was a cold, cold day with the temperature hovering around 10 degrees. And of course there was a breeze. Which made the cold feel even colder.

Tracks through the snow frozen in place on an extremely cold day at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Even with the sun shining it was cold and very deceiving. It might have been a picture perfect day with a dazzling blue sky and some clouds, but I was chilled when I later ducked into the student center for some coffee and a warm up. Luckily it was open. The students would be returning that weekend to begin their spring semester. As I have gotten older I appreciate picture perfect days, but prefer them with temperatures in the 60’s.

A cold and crisp day prior to the start of spring classes at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

The towers of Old Main stand out against a blue sky on an extremely cold day at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

I ran into a couple of people I assumed were professors preparing for the next semester. Unlike some students I photographed a year or so ago, these two were dressed for the weather. Experience and age does teach a few things.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Braving the cold on a chilly day before classes for the spring semester start at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Learning what’s new Agriculturally in Siouxland, Dakota Farm Show, Vermillion, SD

7 Jan

The past week I took a trip to Vermillion, SD to see what is new in the world of agriculture at the Dakota Farm Show here in Siouxland. At least what is new to me since I don’t farm, but grew up on one. I always find the advances in technology for farming to be fascinating. But I guess I was more interested in the transformation of the Dakota Dome, the sporting athletic complex which the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and home to the Coyotes or “Yotes” for short. The school’s football games and basketball games as well as track meets are held in the Dome.

This particular day there weren’t many students to be found, although to be fair, the spring semester had not yet started, and so those folk making “tracks” on the track were a bit older.

Three attendees take off on the track but are not competing in any competition while attending the Dakota Farm Show in the Dakota Dome at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

And there was quite a bit of diversity of product for area farmers and those involved in the agricultural industry to check out. With many, many booths covering the entire floor area along some machinery.

The floor area of the Dakota Dome is filled with agriculture products or related items at the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Farm equipment and related items fill the floor area in the Dakota Dome at the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Very similar to what one might find at a home and garden show, the concept being the same, just that the wares here help feed a nation’s and world population which is kind of amazing.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Seeing in inches or feet in Siouxland, Vermillion, SD

30 Aug

Visually I can be a pretty darn opinionated individual, especially with myself. I see something and like it and then start photographing. When I worked for newspapers it became instinctual because moments changes scenes. What you saw 30 seconds or a minute or two ago is no longer there. I am trying to break that habit.

I no longer shoot for a newspaper on a daily basis. And the majority of my photographic interests are now more landscape, rural and urban, oriented. When I am concentrating on people I do just shoot and shoot when I see something. But with landscapes, I am trying to slow myself down and look and then photograph.

The campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, in Vermillion, South Dakota, August 19, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

When I saw the image of the tower at the far end of the campus at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion on a recent visit I liked the trees and the spatiality. I liked the framing with the trees and the shadows in the foreground and the barely visible white tower peeking in the background. I shot a few frames. Then a walked maybe 10 steps and I realized maybe I  shot too soon.

The campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, in Vermillion, South Dakota, August 19, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I liked this framing better, the use of more shadow in the foreground forcing the eye up to the bright gleaming towers, now that one can see more than one. To me it seems a stronger photograph. I have gotten better at turning 360 though when I am out walking. See a scene behind me as well as the one I walking toward. Sometimes it is easy to miss an opportunity depending on how shadows fall and what is around you.

But I still struggle with placing my subjects, whatever they may be, within my frame. I like the various placement treatment I might give a building or person or whatever. They may all be a nice image, but that is part of the process of seeing and then defining what you see and distilling it down to what you what your viewer to see.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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