Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-02-14 – Filtering the clouds

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6:21 and up the stairs we go.  Been doing this now for a month and a half – who would have thought I’d stick it out this long?  In spite of the determination displayed on these posts, for years I’ve inadvertently cultivated a habit of never finishing what I start. And that, more than my dislike of mornings and cold or my poor state of fitness or the mornings when I wake up with a headache, is what I’m battling from behind the scenes.

Sunrise Stats!
First light: 6:43 AM
Sunrise: 7:13 AM
Daylight: 11 hrs, 23 min

A grey day today, though there was a hint of pink about ten minutes before the calculated time of sunrise.  In playing with the polarizing filter this morning, I discovered that

  1. When conducting specific experiments, always jot down in a notebook or something what each photograph is supposed to depict, and
  2. Pre-sunrise, and without much sky for contrast with the clouds, it’s really hard to tell where the outer glass of the filter is positioned… which is critical to how it works.
  3. Also, there didn’t seem to be much added definition to the clouds, which was just disappointing.

Nevertheless, here’s some examples of the use of the polarizer.  Each of these is untouched, exactly as they are right out of the camera.

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Entertaining, the way the world works, isn’t it?  After days and days of clouds that would have reacted very well indeed to a polarizing filter, suddenly it’s been nothing but sunny, which doesn’t show off the effects of the filter anywhere near as well.

Of course, all that’s needed is a bit of patience.  If one thing’s sure during a Minnesota winter, it’s that the clouds will always return.  And if another facet of a Minnesota winter is true, it’s that so too will the sun.  All things forever and always in balance.

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