WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

To Answer This Week’s Photo Challenge–Depth

American Alley, Downtown Petaluma, CA–A view from Western Avenue alley exit to the East Washington  entrance…

Photo taken on a damp foggy morning…to highlight the colors

American Alley

American Alley

Weekly Photo Challenge Express Yourself

Weekly Photo Challenge Express Yourself

I suppose I “express myself” by capturing scenes on the street.  For example, see what happens when an object is placed on a street in Petaluma.

First the object…






WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge…”Shadowed”

In one sense, the current header of this blog could qualify as a submission for this week’s challenge theme. Instead, I offer three images of a recessed, very low level utility door in the back of a building on Petaluma’s American Alley. I have walked by this location countless times and finally noticed it as I was there at a different time of day, when it finally caught my eye. I leave it to you, the viewer, to determine whether it was intentionally created or merely the result of spilled paint.  As to whether you see a face…that is optional also!   DSCF5175RAW B&W2WEB   DSCF5174RAW1WEBDSCF5167RAWWEB   To see other submissions for this week’s challenge, go to Shadowed

Film Shield (Remember Film?)

To celebrate the New Year, I decided to clean out a closet and found many interesting relics from the past…particularly old film gear.

Back in the day, as we geezers are prone to say, photographers had to protect film from airport x-ray machines.  Oh, to be sure, one could always hand their camera to the guard instead of passing it through the machines.  But if you had several rolls of exposed film (Those under 40, please check Google to learn about photographic film) it was best to pack it in a special bag that, in theory, protected it from x-rays.

We never had that problem as we toured on motorcycles and kept the film in insulated bags.

Nonetheless, I found that I had acquired a Film Shield Bag just in case we ever got on an airplane with exposed film…

Film Shield

Film Shield

Film Shield

Film Shield

 I can report that such bags are still sold for those who still use film! They also may be useful in shielding your Smartphone from GPS tracking 🙂