Midwestern Wanderlog


Everyone needs something that’ll get them playing with their camera!  Whether it’s sunrises, walks in the woods, fallen leaves, kids, or critters, always be working on something.

Play daily.  IT’S HEALTHY!!

Oh, advice on how to come up with ideas for photography projects?  Hmmm…

  • What do you like to shoot?  I’ve got a wildflower book in progress, where I take pictures of the sprouts as they’re itty-bitty puller leaves, then go back again for the young stems, then the fully-leafed with flower buds, then the blooms, and then the dying back.  It’s a slow process, unfortunately; the township mower comes by occasionally, and then I have to start all over.  But it gets me out and walking regularly.
  • What do you want practice shooting?  I’m terrible at the panning technique.  So occasionally I’ll go out to the train tracks or the road and practice on the vehicles going by at speed.  I also need more practice with the different forms of light; direct, side light, backlit, and so on.
  • What’s hard for you to shoot?  Don’t like taking people shots?  (I don’t.  People are definitely not my thing.)  Go out to the park or stop by a school at recess – GET PERMISSION so the teachers don’t think you’re some kind of stalking creep! – and take motion shots.  Take silhouettes.  Play with your light balances.  Notice where the direct light might be too harsh and adjust either your camera or your position.
  • Play games with yourself.  Take your camera out for, say, two hours, and photograph as many colors as you can find.  Or just focus on one color, and get as many variations of it as possibly.  (Have you got any idea how many shades of brown there are in the world?)

2016-10-27 – Wonderful Wildlife

It was a gloomy day - not surprising, it's late October.  Which means it's almost November.  And I don't know ...
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2016-10-26 – A Fall Rain

The rain started last night, thrumming on the roof, gentle and rhythmic, soothing the tired mind into sleep.  It was ...
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2016-10-25 – Misunderstandings

I was at work until two this morning.  I'm not doing that again.  I can't keep that up and still ...
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2016-10-24 – Finding the unexpected

So, how often does it happen to you?  Those moments when what you expect changes what you actually see?  'Cause we're peculiar ...
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2016-10-23 – Challenges, again

Woke up this morning with fierce stomach cramps that ranged from uncomfortable to painful. Wasn't quite sure why, either.  Nothing ...
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2016-10-22 – Colors and conversations

Ran into an extraordinary number of folks up on the Bluff this morning. Sunrise Stats! First light: 7:06 AM Sunrise: 7:36 ...
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2016-10-21 – Pink fog and thin ice

Another groggy morning, so it was fitting that the air was blurred with a fine drifting mist.  (Mental fog, physical ...
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2016-10-20 – Self-sabotage revisited

There was an NSP energy truck parked in the regular parking area for the Bluff this morning when I arrived ...
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2016-10-19 – Fiery color… aaand it’s gone

There was color developing right along as I was driving in.  Down low on the horizon, a rich vivid red ...
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2016-10-18 – Clear skies, kind of

Tired groggy puppy today.  Got about three hours of sleep overnight.  It was raining all last night - I think ...
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