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A Cooler, Zip-Loc Bag or Blow Dryer Are Supposed to Solve This Problem

Lens fog!  You may have experienced it.  It’s cool inside in the AC ( at M and E’s house, not mine!) and then I’d go outside to snap Jack coming home from his first swim across the length of the pool- LENS FOG!!!  Maura in her car seat looking dear in her new flower headband- LENS FOG!  We got out of the air conditioned van and the kids were patient with me as I suggested a photo of going to Day Camp.  I had been doing pretty well on the vacation with the candid shots but they cooperated as I wanted to document the scene.<a href=”http://www.blogcatalog.com”>BlogCatalog</a&gt;
They got on the wall, and I shot the picture after wiping the lens with a microfiber cloth and the same result- LENS FOG!  I went online and read suggestions how to combat this issue and the putting the camera into a cooler or a thick Zip-Loc bag or using a blow dryer to warm it up first were some of the suggestions.

The family greets Jack as he arrives home with his white ribbon for swimming the pool length for the first time.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful

As part of the WordPress postaday 2011 challenge (I am a participant) there’s the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  I have read the emails with the themes of the week and thought about them but haven’t posted to one before today.   This week the theme is COLORFUL. Most of my photos of the day are in real time and what I encounter as I go about my daily routine.  I did a stretch of iPhone photography when it was difficult to wield the heavy camera and lens and I have posted from the archives but most photos are from the day itself or a day or two on either side. I guess some are after the fact.

Some readers love the city views, others enjoy the  food shots, the varied locations, others get a kick out of the dogs and the family shots and catching the action during movement. Others like architectural details.   You know how I am attracted to all things nostalgic and also what people put in the trash- the pink toilet shot, the console televisions, the aquarium.  I started the People at Work series and am always trying to improve my portrait photography. I enjoy hearing from readers who tell me they saw something and I came to mind and if I were there I would have photographed it!  Sometimes friends send a photo on the phone to show me. I haven’t run out of things to notice and shoot-

but today it’s a simple red pick-up truck parked behind a house on a clear blue sky day!

Some of the past themes of the WordPress Challengeshadow, one, old fashioned, light, hot, sky, water, Spring, boundaries, refreshing…… Not sure why I haven’t shot and posted to the weekly challenge before but here’s my first response to Colorful.

What I liked about the photo is the tension of the parked truck behind the back of the house.  I didn’t see a cement block or a guard rail to stop the truck from going over the hill.   Pittsburgh topography; hills and valleys, rivers and steep streets, stairs for sidewalks.  You’ve seen these features in many of my city photographs.

Pittsburgh topography illustrated

Red truck, gold house, burnt orange roof, blue sky, green grass= COLORFUL!


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