At best, I'm expecting to write one more story on the Iowa Caucuses this year. It's been almost a month, and the thing keeps rolling. First, we didn't have results, then we had partial results, then we got the results and two campaigns called for a recanvass. Now, we're looking at a potential recount of the recanvass so Mayor Pete and Bernie can figure out who won the caucus before the next president is elected. Trust me, I'm as tired of this subject as you are, but I'm not about to just let the subject slip before it's concluded.
So, once again, I made sure to put some local connections in our coverage of a statewide event, and I took a bit of time out of my schedule to make a graphic similar to the one we ran on the front of the Feb. 12 edition. It's the same process. I pulled a couple of my own photos that made for a nice juxtaposition and reduced them to posterized color before retracing the contrasted areas. That seems simple, but there's actually a lot of improvisation in that process. Realistically, I'm deciding when and how to turn thin lines into blocks of shadow in such a way that you the viewer don't immediately realize I did just that.
I'm a little more pleased with how Bernie turned out this time as opposed to the Feb. 12 cover and, with some luck, I'll be done covering the caucuses by March.
Thanks for reading.