Midwestern Wanderlog


Hello there, and welcome to the Midwestern Wanderlog!

If you’ve arrived here from Midwestern Wanderer, then you know that my introduction to photography was initially a supplement to collecting and relating stories stories from the Midwest.  It’s grown into a great deal more than a supplement, and even a hobby!  Truly, how better to record the contents of memory as they happen? And how better to have them in a form that you can put in a book and page through, recalling the events themselves and how you felt as you experienced them?

This site is about exactly that:  Collecting and recording memories; learning how to take good photos with whatever equipment you have to hand; developing a style and discovering ways to help the photography habit pay for itself.

So, a little bit about the organization here!  Down below is a listing of the most recent articles, sorted into the categories called out by the headers.  Up above, “The Basics” has (or will have) articles about creating a good exposure – aperture, shutter speed, ISO – and also posts you might be interested in if you’re thinking about taking up photography yourself, like choosing a camera or discovering what kind of a photographer you are.  “Projects!” covers ongoing activities – like 366 Sunrises, or Capturing the Northern Lights.

Read on, have fun, and feel free to share your own experiences and ideas!

 The basics  Ongoing projects  Supporting your habit

2016-03-10 – The importance of scheduling

"If you don't have it in writing, then it isn't real. And if it isn't real, then it isn't going ...
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2016-03-06 – Above freezing? Wind chill isn’t a factor… is it?

Exciting day today! Crawling out of bed and checking the weather in Red Wing, it was already above freezing and ...
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2016-02-28 – Cause and effect

When it comes down to it, the tripod is a simple and effective piece of technology. Self-stabilizing with its three ...
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2016-02-14 – Filtering the clouds

6:21 and up the stairs we go. Been doing this now for a month and a half - who would ...
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2016-02-05 – Sacrifice

It's an uncomfortable truth. In a swirling world of conflicting needs, wants, desires, we have to prioritize. We focus on ...
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2016-01-29 – Searching for a place to stand

Phenomenal color prior to the sunrise this morning. Walking up while the skies are developing fierce golds, reds, light purples ...
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2016-01-23 – Picture day!

It was a fine morning, with a giant red ball of a sun peeking through a thin gap in the ...
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2016-01-22 – Resolve what?

A word or two about resolution. Those who have been reading this blog for a while have no doubt taken ...
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2016-01-19 – Photographing frost

What a glorious morning. Though it didn't start out that way. It started groggy and painful, with a ragged cough ...
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2016-01-16 – Learning new things

7:48 AM 1/10 seconds with f/22 at ISO 100 "Sunshine, sunshine, ladybugs awake!" (Points if you can tell me what ...
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2016-08-01 – Keeping the horizon straight

And so begins the eighth month of the year. Five months more to go! Sunrise Stats! First light: 5:25 AM ...
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2016-07-31 – Evening primrose (in the morning)

This morning was just a little bizarre. Got a good, though not-quite-solid, night's sleep, nearly a full eight hours. Had ...
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2016-07-30 – Dog and spiderweb don’t mix

Seriously, the reflections really were that almost-neon shade! A morning of fantastic color. Got out of the house a touch ...
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2016-07-29 – Sharing the path

Did not feel well last night at work, to the point of needing to go home because I just wasn't ...
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2016-07-28 – Coincidence, correlation or causation?

In spite of every resolve not to, I did it to myself again. Sunrise Stats! First light: 5:20 AM Sunrise: ...
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2016-07-27 – Encroaching autumn

There's a clump of sumac along the county road that I drive to get to Barn Bluff. Daily I've watched ...
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2016-07-26 – American Bellflower

Standing on the hill this morning, watching the skies change above while reflecting in the river below, listening to the ...
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2016-07-25 – Entrepreneur or wantrepreneur?

What a gorgeous morning! The temperature dropped overnight to the high 60s, so I grabbed the lightest of my jackets ...
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2016-07-24 – Being unprepared

Uffda. Talk about being unprepared. Today was a real morning behind the 8-ball! Sunrise Stats! First light: 5:15 AM Sunrise: ...
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2016-07-23 – What the body craves

Honestly, I'm surprised this hasn't happened already, given how often I short myself on sleep between this project and work ...
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2016-07-25 – Entrepreneur or wantrepreneur?

What a gorgeous morning! The temperature dropped overnight to the high 60s, so I grabbed the lightest of my jackets ...
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2016-03-16 – An idea for supporting the photography habit

Some nice patterns in the clouds today. Didn't see any color or glimpses of the sun, but it was still ...
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2016-01-27 – Take a deep breath, spread your wings, and jump

Ahhh, lovely sunshine! Bask in the reddish-orange glow and delight in the radiance! Play with the ight and color and ...
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2016-01-09 – You can find a way

7:47:32 AM1/6 seconds at f/6.7, ISO 100 I'd like to take a moment to talk to the fledgling photographers out ...
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