Friday Focus: What I’ve Learned


I’m always curious to know what friends, family, and fellow Photographers have learned. Maybe it’s a technical tip in photography, or maybe it’s a diy tip for my next project. As many people reading this know, I moved from the Seattle area to the San Diego area last summer. I’ve been tackling projects around the house since August, and I’ve learned a few things along the way.

I’d rather refinish a piece of furniture than buy something new. Not only does it fit my eclectic style, I’d rather reuse something instead of discarding it. With that in mind, I set out to breathe new life into discarded pieces left here by the previous homeowner. Two pieces in particular were stainless steel, commercial grade, shelving units. One being five shelves and stationary, the other being three shelves and on wheels. Ahh, I found my herb shelf (my gardens are spoken for), and my mobile bbq cart. After a good cleaning, and a coat of spray paint, they were perfect! I was not. We get an afternoon breeze here, almost like clockwork. The breeze was welcome as we were in the middle of the first heat wave of the year. I’ve found that 90°, in the shade and with a breeze, isn’t too bad in this dry heat. The breeze, while refreshing, also makes an ideal paint particle delivery system. I had a fine mist of paint all over me. My tip, don’t spray paint on a breezy day!

This isn’t a tip, but rather a discovery I made several months ago. Two discoveries. Doves, at least the ones which have taken up residence in my eaves, look like pigeons. They’re not the stark white birds you imagine, they’re peachy grey, and messy. Oh, and the coo of a dove? Yeah, no. They sound like owls, if owls hooted all day long. Not to worry, I also have parrots. Wild parrots! Now those guys I like, but boy are are loud!

What have you learned recently? Leave a comment below, humor encouraged! I’ll be posting more of these in the coming months, especially what I’ve learned in the diy realm.

Terri Johnson

Owner, Plumb Pixel Photography

The Right Angle Matters

About Plumb Pixel Photography

Hi, I’m Terri Johnson and I own Plumb Pixel Photography. I have a background in landscape photography, and I’ve spent the past few years working as a Photographer for a local Real Estate Agent. My dream has always been to be a Photographer, and in in early 2015 I began Plumb Pixel Photography. My emphasis is in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Photography. It’s hard to say what sparked my love of photography. It could have been the toy camera I had as a child, or growing up around avid photographers. Either way, what started out as an idea soon turned into my dream profession. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, or to discuss setting up an appointment.
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