So I put my camera in the oven…

Sounds like a joke right? ¬†Well, it’s not and it started on a rainy day, literally coming down sideways, a great day to get some shots here in Yokosuka, Japan or so it seemed… ¬†I had recently purchased a great waterproof hat, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, and waterproof shoes, almost all of it on sale and in anticipation for a day just like this. was prepared, again… so it seemed. Within an hour of my rain day outing, water was running down the inside of my glasses and down my neck from the inside the hat, my body was soaked to the core and my feet were wet and freezing. ¬†All my clothing had failed and even my weather sealed Canon 6D Mkii’s buttons suddenly stopped working. ¬†Even though the camera was weather sealed and had a protective cover, the rain had somehow gotten inside. The first thing I did out there in the rain was to take out the battery. ¬†Who knows what could have happened when water inside the camera came in to contact with a power source. There I was, wet and cold, and to top it my camera didn’t work, so I went home.

It’s funny, but when I purchased my Canon 6D Mkii I’m pretty sure it said “weather sealed,” I was sure of it. Now, with my wet jacket in the dryer, I was drinking a cup of coffee after taking a hot shower to warm up, I was reading related articles, but now I saw things about the this camera, something to the effect, “weather sealed, but …” Now what to do? The camera would turn on but most of the buttons weren’t working and the ones that did weren’t doing what they were supposed to do. ¬†The next thing I search for online were suggestions and solutions to repair a wet camera. From what I read, these simple solutions could work, but if they didn’t, I’d likely be sending the camera to a Canon repair tech. ¬†This would either be a cheap fix or extremely expensive. ¬†Not to mention that I live in Japan so I’d be without this camera for a month, minimum. ¬†Yes, I do have a backup…

Many of the articles said to carefully place the camera in a ziplock bag with dry rice for a couple of days and some said to put that bag in a warm place. Since I love to bake sourdough bread, I also need keep my starter for the batter in a warm place. ¬†I keep it in the oven with the door cracked and the oven light on, this seems to create the perfect temperature for sourdough starter. So I placed the bag of rice with the camera in the oven next to the sourdough starter with my fingers crossed (see the above photo). The 6D was upside down with the card and battery covers open with a lens cap attached to the body. I left the card and battery covers open in hopes of giving the moisture multiple ways to evaporate from the camera. There it sat, next to my sourdough starter, for three days… Finally, I carefully opened the ziplock bag and took out the camera. As a precaution, I used can of air to blow out potential rice dust that may have settled in the card and battery slots. Then the moment had come, I put in a card and fresh battery, powered up my trustee 6D and to my surprise, everything worked! It was as if nothing had happened, everything was in good working order and life was once again good in my little spot in our universe.

¬†I fully realize that I was extremely fortunate, there was probably just enough water inside the camera to affect the buttons. Had there been just a little more water, this ziplock bag and dry rice solution may not have worked so well. Then again, if there were more water, could it just have taken more time in the bag? ¬†I highly recommend giving this a shot as a first step should your camera get wet and hopefully you’ll experience the same results. I would also recommend not buying rain gear on sale and just shell out money for the good stuff. ¬†Lastly, if you do get water inside the camera, it is not going to get better with the battery attached, get it powered down asap. ¬†An expensive trip to repair tech was avoided this time and I’ll definitely be more careful taking my camera out in the rain.


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My Girls in Bulgaria! Well, sort of…

This photo, Wet Walk, was¬†selected for digital exposition in the Street Photography Exhibit at the ¬†Photosynthesis Art Center in Sofia, Bulgaria on August 1, 2019. ¬†It was taken back in December of 2013 on a trip to Florence, Italy when we lived in Naples. ¬†We had some very good friends visiting from the states and were showing them around. ¬†It was raining and our daughters were walking on the cobblestone streets in the rain with an umbrella with my wife, in the red boots on the right. ¬†This is why I sometimes go back and look at old photos of mine, I found old ones that click with me that didn’t originally. ¬†I’ll take photos, really like some of them, and edit them while getting tunnel vision and blocking out the others. ¬†Later, sometimes many years as is the case with this one, I’ll go back and look at them and think, “why didn’t I see this before?” ¬†Also, I’ve taken photos but didn’t have the editing chops at the time to make them look right, so I’ll wait on them. ¬†Either way, it’s the reason I go back and relook at the old pics I’ve taken.


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Coronado, CA

I had the good fortune of living in the coastal city of Coronado, California from 2007-2011, courtesy of the US Navy. ¬†Photography was reentering my life as I had not taken many photos in over 25 years. ¬†I found myself in the land of sunsets, beaches, ocean views, and I loved it. ¬†When I found out in 2014 that I would be returning to Coronado, I was a happy camper! ¬†I began searching online for photos of Coronado to see what other photographers were shooting, something I often do to get ideas. ¬†I found sunset photos, the Hotel Del Coronado, sunsets, the beach, the bridge, the boathouse, and even sunsets! ¬†I made a decision right then and there to take photos of Coronado, the city; sure I’d shoot the San Diego skyline, the bridge, boathouse, and yes, the legendary Pacific coast sunsets; but I hoped to capture¬†something different. ¬†Let me say upfront, there are many amazing photographers in Coronado who I respect, they shoot everything including the incredible sunsets, and I love checking out their amazing photos! ¬†However, I hoped¬†to do something else and wanted¬†to catch another side of Coronado while I was here. ¬†The photo at the top of the page was taken¬†at the Fiddler’s Cove Marina when the¬†sun was just starting to burn through the morning fog.

Super Moon    Fog

The main marina in Coronado makes for an excellent photo subject just about 24/7 (above left). ¬†I hoped to show that there is life in this marina, even at night, because¬†many people live aboard their boats. ¬†This was the night of the “super moon” and while this isn’t a spectacular super moon photo compared to others, I think it captures the vibe of this marina at night with the calm waters and reflection of the moon. ¬†Since sailing and boating are a major activities in Coronado, it’s not difficult finding sailboats virtually everywhere. ¬†The above right photo was taken from Tidelands Park which is a great location to shoot sunrises as well. ¬†You might be able to¬†tell by this photo, and the one at the top of this page, I LOVE fog! ¬†When it comes to photography, I find that while blue skies are amazing to the naked eye, they just do nothing for me with my camera. ¬†I’ve found the trick to shooting fog in Coronado is to have the camera bag ready to go at all times, the fog can appear and disappear quickly here. ¬†Unlike the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin where I grew up, the sun can literally burn off solid fog in minutes, and in both of these photos the fog was gone within 10 minutes¬†after snapping these.

Chillaxin'    Spreckels Christmas

Capturing everyday scenes in Coronado has been interesting because common events¬†we do daily are set in front of an incredible backdrop. ¬†In the above left photo, a bird dives in to the water for a fish while a guy is relaxing with¬†his hands behind head checking out the view. ¬†Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up, Coronado is¬†really like this at times! ¬†The above right photo was taken at the Spreckel’s Park gazebo after my daughters had their Girl Scout meeting there. ¬†The below middle sunrise photo was also taken at Spreckel’s Park, if there is a hub for Coronado, in my opinion it is this park because concerts, flower shows, playtime with the kids, and even craft shows on Sunday mornings happen at this park. ¬†Below left are two VW vans that I drive by practically every day, and for over a year I meant to shoot them. ¬†There’s nothing fancy here, I just thought it looked cool as a typical street scene with these classic vans. ¬†Finally, the shot below on the right is a front yard swing, it could be Anywhere USA, which was the point of this photo; there are many times when¬†Coronado feels like any other small town I’ve visited, I mean that in the best possible way!

V-Dubs  Spreckles  Swingin'

Coronado has a rich military history as both the US Army and US Navy maintained a presence here until the late 1930’s. ¬†However, it has been the Navy that remained and Coronado has been the major training location for the US Navy SEAL’s for decades. ¬†In 2016, Coronado erected a statue honoring all maritime commandos called the “Naked Warrior” sculpted by artist J. Seward Johnson Jr. (below). ¬†These ‘naked warriors’ would later evolve in to the Navy SEAL’s of today. ¬†For a great book on this, check out¬†The Naked Warriors: The Elite Fighting Force that became the Navy SEAL’s by CDR Francis Fane. ¬†While I was shooting this photo, a young man actually slowly passed by the statue on his beach cruiser bike, fist bumped his heart and flashed a peace sign to the statue in respect, this is Coronado. ¬†While I love the ocean, beaches, and sunsets, I think there is more to Coronado. ¬†While it’s a place of seaside mansions and a major travel desination, if you peel back it’s layers you’ll find a simple coastal village and military town rich in history. ¬†Look past the streets filled with tourists and you’ll see¬†swings hanging from trees, VW’s parked on the¬†streets in front of simple cottages, and quiet neighborhoods like most other little towns. ¬†Oh, and if you wait till the evening, you might even experience¬†an incredible sunset.

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