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

"Sunshine, sunshine, ladybugs awake!" (Points if you can tell me what show that's a quote from; extra-special BONUS points if ...
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2016-10-09 – Shrouded

It was a lovely grey morning. The fog was soft and muffling, though damp enough to make me cough. And ...
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2016-10-08 – Just a little touch…

There's a difference, isn't there, between knowing an event is approaching, and actually experiencing it. Sunrise Stats! First light: 6:49 ...
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2016-10-07 – You, too

Dedication and accomplishment are strange. Oh, not the qualities themselves. But the way we perceive them: Commonplace while we're in ...
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2016-10-06 – October views

So it shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone that I'm a bit of a skywatcher... though my preference is ...
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2016-10-05 – Hidden forces

Well, that there is a fine how-do-you-do! Sunrise Stats! First light: 6:45 AM Sunrise: 6:14 AM Daylight: 12 hrs, 28 ...
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2016-09-18 – Second-guessing

While growing up, the one part of school I always hated was the first day or so right after a ...
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2016-09-17 – Start of the season

It was a lovely fine morning during these, the Ides of September. The skies were clear, the breeze enough that ...
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2016-09-16 – Anticipation

Of all the human emotions, isn't anticipation just one of the most fun? Sunrise Stats! First light: 6:22 AM Sunrise: ...
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2016-09-15 – Tricky lighting

So walking up the path today was one of great anticipation. They were already shades and hints of protocolor in ...
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2016-09-13 – Living in Imagination

I accomplished something today that I had never done before. Sunrise Stats! First light: 6:19 AM Sunrise: 6:48 AM Daylight: ...
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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

I'd like to take a moment to talk to the fledgling photographers out there; you know who you are. You're ...
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