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 ...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 lovely grey morning. The fog was soft and muffling, though damp enough to make me cough. And ...Read More
There's a difference, isn't there, between knowing an event is approaching, and actually experiencing it. Sunrise Stats! First light: 6:49 ...Read More
Dedication and accomplishment are strange. Oh, not the qualities themselves. But the way we perceive them: Commonplace while we're in ...Read More
So it shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone that I'm a bit of a skywatcher... though my preference is ...Read More
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 ...Read More
While growing up, the one part of school I always hated was the first day or so right after a ...Read More
It was a lovely fine morning during these, the Ides of September. The skies were clear, the breeze enough that ...Read More
Of all the human emotions, isn't anticipation just one of the most fun? Sunrise Stats! First light: 6:22 AM Sunrise: ...Read More
So walking up the path today was one of great anticipation. They were already shades and hints of protocolor in ...Read More
I accomplished something today that I had never done before. Sunrise Stats! First light: 6:19 AM Sunrise: 6:48 AM Daylight: ...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