Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-09-06 – Of thunder and t-shirts


Got woken up about three this morning by a loud crack-and-crash of thunder.  Had some difficulty getting back to sleep after that – not surprising, really.  If you’ve ever been startled awake by thunder so loud it shakes the windows and walls of your house, you know what I’m talking about!

Sunrise Stats!
First light: 6:10 AM
Sunrise: 6:40 AM
Daylight: 13 hrs, 57 min

Much to my relative disappointment, however, the storm cell had long since passed by the time the alarm rang.  Once to the eastern overlook, though, the clouds were showing off some nice patterns.  No loss without some gain, right?  Because I got to experiment a little bit with long exposure and moving clouds.

Turns out, not only do you want the foreground completely still, you also might need to put a neutral density filter or two on the lens and then operate the shutter on the “Bulb” setting so you can control how long it’s open.  With filters in place to darken the incoming light, you might need to hold the shutter open for longer than a minute, maybe two, to compensate.

_MG_4286So it was kind of a dismal day for sunrise number 250!  But even with the grey color of the day there’s beauty in the cloud patterns and movement.  And I didn’t get rained on.  Though for a while I thought I might; the skies were growling thunder on the whole walk back to the pickup.

On the bonus side, yesterday was a banner day.  I finally have T-shirts up for sale on TeePublic!  (The Photographic Storyteller, if you’re interested.)  So now, I can help guide other people through doing the same if they decide they want to put their artwork up on T-shirts.  Although, it is pretty easy.  TeePublic walks you through, step-by-step, in creating a profile; linking up with your email; and they can either create the header with the name you choose, or you can upload your own.  And then they walk you through creating product.  And, bonus, they monitor the size of the file you upload so that your art is never printed on so large a format as to make it look ugly and grainy.

So now the only question I really have is, does being in the right place at the right time to capture the sights on those T-shirts make me a photographer… or merely a hack taking advantage of the shows nature provides?

Panoramic 250

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