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
"If you don't have it in writing, then it isn't real. And if it isn't real, then it isn't going ...Read More
Exciting day today! Crawling out of bed and checking the weather in Red Wing, it was already above freezing and ...Read More
When it comes down to it, the tripod is a simple and effective piece of technology. Self-stabilizing with its three ...Read More
6:21 and up the stairs we go. Been doing this now for a month and a half - who would ...Read More
It's an uncomfortable truth. In a swirling world of conflicting needs, wants, desires, we have to prioritize. We focus on ...Read More
Phenomenal color prior to the sunrise this morning. Walking up while the skies are developing fierce golds, reds, light purples and ...Read More
It was a fine morning, with a giant red ball of a sun peeking through a thin gap in the ...Read More
A word or two about resolution. Those who have been reading this blog for a while have no doubt taken ...Read More
What a glorious morning. Though it didn't start out that way. It started groggy and painful, with a ragged cough ...Read More
"Sunshine, sunshine, ladybugs awake!" (Points if you can tell me what show that's a quote from; extra-special BONUS points if ...Read More
It was a gloomy day - not surprising, it's late October. Which means it's almost November. And I don't know ...Read More
The rain started last night, thrumming on the roof, gentle and rhythmic, soothing the tired mind into sleep. It was ...Read More
I was at work until two this morning. I'm not doing that again. I can't keep that up and still ...Read More
So, how often does it happen to you? Those moments when what you expect changes what you actually see? 'Cause we're peculiar ...Read More
Woke up this morning with fierce stomach cramps that ranged from uncomfortable to painful. Wasn't quite sure why, either. Nothing ...Read More
Ran into an extraordinary number of folks up on the Bluff this morning. Sunrise Stats! First light: 7:06 AM Sunrise: 7:36 ...Read More
Another groggy morning, so it was fitting that the air was blurred with a fine drifting mist. (Mental fog, physical ...Read More
There was an NSP energy truck parked in the regular parking area for the Bluff this morning when I arrived ...Read More
There was color developing right along as I was driving in. Down low on the horizon, a rich vivid red ...Read More
Tired groggy puppy today. Got about three hours of sleep overnight. It was raining all last night - I think ...Read More
What a gorgeous morning! The temperature dropped overnight to the high 60s, so I grabbed the lightest of my jackets ...Read More
Some nice patterns in the clouds today. Didn't see any color or glimpses of the sun, but it was still ...Read More
Ahhh, lovely sunshine! Bask in the reddish-orange glow and delight in the radiance! Play with the ight and color and ...Read More
I'd like to take a moment to talk to the fledgling photographers out there; you know who you are. You're ...Read More