Sunday, April 6, 2014

City Escapes Nature Photography Newsletter - April 2014

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Newsletter

April, 2014

 

 

 

Aperture Basics

 

Ever wondered how a photographer managed to get her subject in sharp focus, while everything behind and in front of the subject is blurred?  Or why everything from the very front of the image to the furthest back is clear and sharp?  It is all because of my personal favorite control on a camera: the aperture, also known as the f-stop.  This delightful feature controls how much of an image (properly focused) is in sharp focus.  This is known as the image’s depth of field.  The landscape in which you can see all the way to the furthest feature has a large depth of field, while the sharp-subject, blurry-background image has a shallow depth of field.  As an example, this month’s featured image, “Buzzed! – Black Bear” has a shallow depth of field: the bear is in focus, but the grasses directly behind it are blurry.

 

A camera’s aperture works by controlling how far the shutter opens.  Think of the shutter as a window: last month’s discussion of shutter speed dealt with how long the window stayed open; aperture describes how far open the window is.  If the window is open just a tiny bit, denoted rather counter-intuitively by higher numbers, the depth of field will be great.  If the window is thrown wide open, denoted by small numbers, only the subject will be in focus while all else blurs.  The “plane of focus” can be quite small; it is not difficult with the right lens to get someone’s eyes in sharp focus while their nose is blurred.

 

Just as shutter speed is a means of controlling the amount of light that hits the camera’s sensor (or film), so too is aperture.  When you change one, you necessarily change the other to get an equivalent exposure.  Using our window analogy again, if the window is wide open, it takes less time to get a certain amount of air in than it would to get the same amount of air in with the window less open.  Thus, for a given exposure, if you widen the aperture, you should use a shorter shutter speed, while if you close down (or “stop down”) the aperture, you need to use a longer exposure.  Clear as mud?  Just remember: a wide-open window should be left open for a short time, while a less-open window should be left open longer.

 

As with everything on cameras, to really get a feel for how aperture works, you should play with it.  Most cameras these days, even point-and-shoots, have an aperture-priority mode.  This allows you to choose the aperture while the camera chooses the appropriate shutter speed for a proper exposure.  Being a wildlife and landscape photographer, this is my default camera setting: it is important for me to be able to isolate my subjects at will, or to show them in their deepest glory.

 

Once you get a basic understanding of how to manipulate depth of field with the aperture settings, put your camera on manual mode and start experimenting with different combinations of shutter speed and aperture.  Getting away from what the camera deems a proper exposure, you can create some very interesting and artistic images, manipulate mood, and capture light in ways that your eyes cannot see – all in-camera, no computer needed.  This means more time with your camera and less at a desk.  What photographer doesn’t like that?

 

 

April Specials

 

Get 10% off of unframed, 8x10 prints of “Buzzed! -- Black Bear” and / or 8x12 prints of “Renewal by Fire --  Fireweedwhen you order from our specials page. As with all of our unframed prints, these prints are eligible for our No Hassle Returns. 

 

 

Fun Facts

 

Oh, April, how we enjoy your second half so much more than your first – because, of course, the deadline for filing our Federal Tax Returns falls on April 15th.  As you and thousands of others rush toward the post office (or your computer’s “send” button) as midnight draws near, here are a few interesting facts to keep you amused.

 

·         Moses instituted a tax of sorts on, among other things, domesticated animal herds and flocks.  Every tenth animal was to be tithed to the Tabernacle. (Leviticus 27:30-33) 

 

·         Your service animal (guide dog, mobility assistance monkey, etc.) is completely tax-deductible, while the expenses related to your company’s (alas, not your home’s) guard dog are also deductible – just not the cost of the dog itself.

 

·         Not only is it good for you, it’s tax deductible! Most of the costs of “wilderness therapy,” used by some medical practitioners in the mental-health field to treat their patients, are tax-deductible as medical expenses.

·         Many states offer tax breaks for land owners who maintain their land as “open space.”  Good for wildlife AND for your bank account?  It doesn’t get much better than that.

·         And of course, donations to environmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy are tax deductible!  For more information, see “IRS Topic 506 - Charitable Contributions” at http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc506.html

 

Disclaimer: we are nature photographers, not tax attorneys or accountants. The above is not tax advice, but rather items of general interest which may or may not be applicable to your situation. You should obtain your tax advice only from trained professionals with appropriate certifications who understand your specific circumstances.

 

 

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

City Escapes Photography Newsletter - Mar 2014

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Newsletter

March, 2014

 

 

 

What a Compliment!

Let’s say that you really, really like a particular photograph.  For some reason, it just speaks to you in a way that others don’t.  You could buy a copy of the image and hang it on your wall -- always a good option.  This allows you to see and enjoy it everyday, plus it supports the photographer who made the image.  But what if that just isn’t enough?  What if it is THE photograph that really captures the essence of something you’ve been looking for?  Then, perhaps, a form of appreciation that is a bit more permanent might be what you are looking for.  Something like a tattoo.  This is precisely what Amanda Abbott had done when she came across our image “Casual Approach – Lioness.”  Ms. Abbott honored us immensely when she chose to have our image permanently inked in a prominent position on her right arm.  What a way to share your love of our work!  Thank you for sharing this with us, Ms. Abbott.  We love it!

 

 

Shutter Speed Basics

 

We have all seen those amazing photographs of the football receivers frozen in mid-leap, high in the air, one arm outstretched to grab the slightly-off-target throw.  We have also seen the beautiful images of waterfalls pouring down a rock face in a lovely cascade, the motion of the water caught in a still frame.  When we try to capture those same images using our cameras’ automatic settings, our results are often less than satisfactory.  How do we fix this?  Be brave – take your camera off of automatic, and learn how to use shutter speed to create the images you want.

 

“Shutter speed” is the term used to describe how long the film or digital sensor is exposed to light.  There is a diaphragm, or shutter, inside the camera that opens when you depress the “take this picture” button (called the shutter release button), stays open the designated amount of time, then closes again to stop the influx of light onto the film or sensor.  Normally this all happens very quickly, literally within a fraction of a second.  That is why shutter speeds are often fractions: 1/60 means that the diaphragm is open for one 60th of a second.  A shutter speed of 1 means that the diaphragm is open for a full second, etc.  The smaller the number, then, the faster the shutter opens and closes, resulting in a shorter time frame for light to hit the sensor or film.

 

Why on earth does this matter, you ask?  It is this variance that allows you to freeze – or capture the sense of – motion.  To get a crisp, sharp image of that football receiver mid-leap, you need to use a very short shutter speed, perhaps as low as 1/3200.  (Using a flash can allow for much higher shutter speeds, but that is outside the purview of this article.)  At the other end of the spectrum, to capture the sense of motion in that waterfall, you may need a shutter speed of several seconds (and a tripod).

 

Other factors besides freezing / capturing motion also come into play when deciding upon shutter speeds, most notably how brightly illuminated the subject is.  The brighter the subject, the lower the shutter speed can be, because it does not take as much time for the appropriate amount of light to hit the sensor.  Think of it as pouring water into a bucket.  If you are using a ¼” hose, it will take longer to fill the bucket than if you are using a 3” hose.  Dim light (the ¼” hose) will take longer to get the necessary amount of light onto the sensor, while very bright light (the 3” hose), does not take as long.  This means that the shutter speeds necessary to freeze the football player in mid-leap may vary from 1/500 in a stadium at night to 1/3200 in bright daylight.  Similarly, the waterfall may require a shutter speed of 1/30 in bright daylight to 3 seconds in tree-cover.  Night photography can range from 3 seconds to several hours for star trails.  One of our featured images this month, “Blue Dusk – Acacias,” had an exposure of about 20 seconds.  It was dark enough that my eyes could not pick out the trees, but by allowing the shutter to remain open for an extended amount of time, my camera was able to gather enough light to create a beautiful image.

 

One note regarding slow shutter speeds: it is generally agreed that we shaky humans can only hand-hold a camera down to 1/60 second and still get a sharp image.  If you want to use a slower shutter speed than 1/60, use a tripod.  Or brace your camera on a bean bag.  Or put it down entirely and use the self-timer.  There are many options, but the basic idea is to get your camera out of your hands and onto something much more stable.  (And resting it on your buddy’s shoulder is not more stable.)

 

As you begin to play with shutter speed, take an initial photograph on the automatic setting and pay attention to the shutter speed setting the camera chooses.  (It will be the one given as a fraction, not the decimal.  We’ll deal with the decimal next month.)  Most cameras these days have an option that lets you choose the shutter speed while the camera chooses the appropriate aperture to give a proper exposure.  Usually called shutter-priority mode, this is a great place to start, because it allows you to manipulate only this one factor and see how it affects your photographs.  As you then manipulate the shutter speed settings, as long as your camera does not say HIGH or LOW where that decimal usually is, you should be able to get a properly exposed image -- which removes your subject’s brightness from the equation, making it even easier to understand shutter speed. 

 

Your particular camera may not have the range of shutter speeds mentioned here, and that’s okay.  You will still have enough of a range to give you significantly different images of the same subject, with various gradations in-between.  So find that shutter-priority mode and a moving target, and go play.  Find out what your camera can do, and more importantly, how to bring the images you want to life.

 

 

March Specials

 

Get 10% off of unframed, 8x12 prints of “Casual Approach -- Lioness” (of course!) and / or “Blue Dusk -- Acacias” when you order from our specials page. As with all of our unframed prints, these prints are eligible for our No Hassle Returns. 

 

 

Fun Facts

 

Spring is coming!  March 20th marks the Vernal Equinox, or the first day of spring.  Unless, of course, you are in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case March 20th is the Autumnal Equinox, or the first day of autumn.  Here are a few other odd-ball facts about the equinoxes.

 

·         Even though we think of the equinox as the 24-hour period when day and night are equal, that day actually comes several days closer to the winter side of each equinox.  Why? The equinox is marked by the day when the center of the sun’s disk is above the horizon for the same amount of time as it is below the horizon.  But because we count the first visible top edge of the sun’s disk as “sunrise” and the last visible bottom edge of its disk as “sunset,” the actual length of “day” is longer than “night” by a few minutes on the equinox.

·         The earth’s atmosphere makes a difference, too.  Our atmosphere bends light, resulting not only in very cool phenomena such as phantom ships and mirages (see our August, 2010, newsletter), but also in the appearance of the sun being higher in the sky than it really is at sunrise.  Thus, the sun appears to be above the horizon, when it isn’t actually there yet.

·         The equinoxes are the only times that the sun rises due east and sets due west. 

·         Both the north and south poles will see the sun barely skim over the horizon on March 20th.  This begins the period of six months of light at the north pole and six months of darkness at the south pole.

·         Ever wondered how the date for Easter is determined each year?  It is always on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the (Northern Hemisphere’s) vernal equinox.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

City Escapes Nature Photography Newsletter - Jan 2014

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Newsletter

February, 2014

 

 

Your Support Helps More Than Our Bottom Line

 

As many of you know, every January since our inception we have given 1% of our gross sales to organizations such as the Nature Conservancy that work to protect the landscapes and creatures that make our fantastic jobs possible.  We get so much joy from the natural world that we feel it is our corporate obligation –- and our honor –- to help protect it.  Money isn’t the complete answer, of course, but it certainly helps.  It is with the utmost gratitude to all of you that we are able to report that this year, we were able to make the biggest donation we have yet made.  As long as we are around, we will be happily writing this check every January, and with your continued support, it will grow steadily larger each year.  We hope that you get additional satisfaction in knowing that not only do you get a fantastic image when you purchase from us, you are also helping to provide critical funding that helps these treasured areas survive.  We truly, deeply thank you for your support of us -- and the beautiful places of the earth. 

 

 

 

Overexpose for Perfect Snow Shots

 

With the northeast and the southeast taking turns getting blasted by nasty snow storms, and even parts of the country that rarely see snow getting bits of the white stuff, I know that some of you intrepid photographers out there will be venturing out to get that perfect, rare shot of your kids playing in the snow, the car buried up to its windows, etc.  Trusting that all of you will put personal safety and the safety of others above all else, I want to remind you that your camera will want to turn all of that beautiful whiteness into a dull gray.  (For an explanation of why, and more in-depth tips on how to correct this problem, see our January, 2012 newsletter: “Exposure Compensation.”)  Meter off of something in the middle-color range, such as a blue jacket, a brown tree trunk, etc.  If that is not possible, or it doesn’t give you satisfactory results, set your camera to overexpose by about 2/3 of a stop.  This will allow more light to hit the sensor, brightening up that snow to the white that you see instead of the gray that the camera sees.  Just leave the idiotic, likely-to-break-a-bone- (or worse) if-something-goes-wrong stuff to us professionals.  We aren’t any more graceful than anyone else, but it’s somehow less tragic if we get hurt.  And it will give you something to laugh at as you are nestled all warm and cozy inside by the fire.

 

 

February Specials

 

Get 10% off of unframed, 8x12 prints of “Waiting Out the Storm – Moose” and / or “Alien Landscape – Palette Springs in Winterwhen you order from our specials page. As with all of our unframed prints, these prints are eligible for our No Hassle Returns. 

 

 

Fun Facts

 

The Olympics are coming!  In the spirit of all things Olympia, how much do you know about Mount Olympus?

 

·         Mount Olympus is in Greece, in the Olympus Range.  It’s not the only one, though.  There is also a Mount Olympus in Turkey, Cyprus, Utah, and Washington State, among others (the latter in the Olympic Range).

·         The Greek Mount Olympus has 52 peaks (!).

·         Zeus and eleven other gods were believed to live on Mount Olympus, and to have meetings on its highest peak, Mytikas.

·         The Olympic Games, held since 776 B.C. in the southern part of what is now Greece, reached the foot of the northerly Mount Olympus at the end of the 5th century B.C.  A nine day festival to honor Zeus was initiated in the town of Dion.

·         A full 25 percent of all plant species in Greece are found on Mount Olympus.

 

 

 

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

City Escapes Nature Photography Newsletter - Dec 2013

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Newsletter

December, 2013

 

 

 

Thinking of Updating Your Gear?  Try Renting First

 

I have a confession to make: I am not a gear head.  I use my car, camera, computer, etc. until they die, unless I have a VERY compelling reason to upgrade them (and “ooh, it’s the latest version!” is not a compelling reason. Sorry.).  I don’t know much about the details of cameras that I have not personally used, and I don’t read articles on the latest and greatest new gadgets out there.  At shows, guests visiting my booth frequently tell me which camera they shoot with and expect that I will automatically know something useful about it.  I almost never do, although if they have it with them, I can often help them figure it out. 

 

By some schools of thought, I am severely handicapping myself by not upgrading my equipment every year 1.5 to 2 years.  That line of thought holds that technology is improving at such speeds that by not taking advantage of the latest and greatest, I will lose out on the full potential of what cameras can do.  To a certain extent, that is true.  I counter that once my gear and my photography goals are more or less in line, it is better to spend my time and money improving and expanding my skills, feeding my passion, and directing my funds into other areas (such as photography trips) than to constantly be learning new equipment.  Anyone who has had to deal with a software upgrade knows what I mean: unless it was genuinely necessary, an “upgrade” is usually just a euphemism for lost productivity while you try to learn the new system.

 

There does come a time, though, when that upgrade is indeed genuinely necessary.  What do you do then?  This question is often most difficult for the amateur photographer who is ready to step into the world of dSLRs (digital single-lens-reflex cameras, which account for the majority of digital cameras today that have interchangeable lenses).  Why is this a particularly vexing problem for this category of photographer?  Generally, amateurs do not really know enough about cameras or photography to ensure that they make the absolute right choice.  This causes a fair number of would-be intermediate photographers to either go into a paralysis of in- or under-action, or convinces them that they need a very expensive, professional-grade camera that they are still a long way from being ready for.  The first option keeps them from being able to stretch and grow as a photographer; the second is a colossal waste of money (by the time they are ready for a professional-grade camera, the technology will almost certainly be significantly improved, and the prices much lower), and might even end up intimidating them into not using their gear.  The other difficulty that amateurs often face is that they don’t necessarily know what kind of photography they want to do.  For example, buying the right gear to become a sports photographer takes a significant investment of funds.  Discovering two months later that what you really like is landscape photography could only make your pocketbook, and perhaps your spouse, violently ill.

 

How, then, does one figure out what to buy?  First of all, if you are not sure about what kinds of photography float your boat, pay attention to the work of other photographers: what images draw you in?  Talk to someone in the photography world.  Let them help you figure out what moves you, what it is that you want to capture or create.  They should be able to give you at least a generalized guideline of what gear to look for to create your vision, if not necessarily specific cameras.  Finally, before making a purchase, consider renting the gear you are considering. 

 

What?  Rent?  That’s right, you can rent cameras.  And lenses.  And tripods, flashes, studio lights, light stands… The list of available items is pretty long.  You can rent them by the hour, the day, or the week.  This means that if you just need a specific piece of equipment for a single special event, you don’t have to fork out the money to buy it outright.  It also means that you can test out and play with your potential new gear to see how you actually like it, instead of just guessing.  Think of it as test driving the gear, just like you would a car.  This has great benefits, as there are often small things that one doesn’t think to consider when evaluating the equipment that reveal themselves during the actual use of the item.  Sometimes these small things turn out to be a great asset; other times, they are enough to make you want to toss the item out the nearest twelfth-storey window.  Either way, you have the opportunity to discover them prior to plopping down a bunch of money.

 

If you do not have a camera shop in your area that leases out good quality gear, fear not.  There are many companies that will mail the gear to you (for a fee, of course).  When you are done, you simply mail the equipment back to them.  While shipping costs can make this option significantly more expensive than picking items up in-store, it may still be cheaper than spending a good deal of money on a piece of gear you quickly realize you will not use.

 

Finally, if you do decide to go ahead and purchase instead of rent, ensure that you are allowed to return the gear within a certain, specified amount of time.  Use that time to really put your new gear through its paces (without scratching or denting it, of course).  That way, if you end up not being happy with it, you can still exchange it for something that is more to your liking.

 

Now then, it’s the holidays.  Get out there and capture the magic of it all!

 

 

 

Thanks to All Who Came to Our Last Show of 2013

 

We’re done with shows for the year, but fear not!  We’ll be back in 2014 with more images to make you laugh, sigh, and “wish you were there.”  And remember that you don’t have to wait for a show to get your favorite image.  Our website is open 24/7 and contains our complete current inventory.

 

 

December Specials

 

Share your love of nature with your friends and family!  Get 10% off of boxed sets of Christmas cards when you order from our specials page.  Each box contains two each of five different images, with a holiday greeting inside.

 

 

Fun Facts

 

In 2002, Congress declared December 12th to be Poinsettia Day.  Here are a few tidbits to help you appreciate this holiday staple a little more this year.

 

·         Poinsettias were named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in 1825, who brought the colorful plant back to his South Carolina greenhouse.

·         Despite a long-lived rumor, poinsettias are not poisonous.  The story originated in 1919, when a two-year-old child’s death was blamed on the ingestion of a poinsettia leaf.  Multiple exhaustive tests of every part of the plant have proven the rumor false many times over, but the myth has been very slow to be overturned.  This is not helped by the fact that eating the leaves may cause stomach aches.

·         The myth of the poisonous poinsettia even led to a petition being submitted to the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1975 to require warning labels be put on the plants.  The request was denied.

·         How did poinsettias become associated with Christmas?  The tradition dates back to a Mexican legend that tells the story of a poor girl on her way to church on Christmas Eve.  Though the details of the story vary by the teller, the basic premise is that the girl was in tears on her journey, saddened that she had no gift to present to the Baby Jesus.  She was then told that anything she brought, if truly given with love, would be the perfect gift for the Holy Child.  She picked a bunch of weeds that grew beside the road, arranged them into a bouquet, and entered the church, embarrassed and ashamed by her paltry gift.  As soon as she laid the bouquet on the altar, however, the ends of the leaves burst into brilliant red flowers, and everyone present knew they had seen a miracle of faith.

·         The red leaves of poinsettias are thought to represent the blood of Christ, the white leaves his purity, while the shape of the leaves and flowers as a whole are thought to resemble the Star of Bethlehem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

City Escapes Photography Newsletter - Nov 2013

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Newsletter

November, 2013

 

 

 

No, Really, Leave No Trace

 

The recent toppling by two Boy Scout leaders of a rock formation known as a “goblin” has sparked widespread outrage.  For those who may not have heard the details of the event, they are as follows: On October 11, the two men, while leading a troop through Goblin Valley State Park in Utah, pushed over a large boulder that was balanced on a thin ridge of supporting rock.  They videotaped the event, posted the video to Facebook, and the video went viral. 

 

The men claim that they were attempting to prevent a future death from the natural toppling of the rock.  This doesn’t make sense to me.  The likelihood that the boulder would have toppled of its own accord in my lifetime was pretty slim, and even if it had, the added chance that someone would be near enough to it to be injured or killed was slimmer still.  But even if it were about to topple, there is another very important point to remember here: they were in a state park specifically created to protect the very types of formations that the men destroyed.  The proper course of action would have been for the men to notify the rangers that they felt the formation was unsafe.  The rangers could have then assessed the formation, and if they agreed with the men, they could have taken the proper actions to protect the public.  This does not mean that the parks department would or should have somehow reinforced the boulder to keep it from falling; they could have simply cordoned off the area to keep visitors a safe distance away.  This would have allowed the public to continue to appreciate the formation and observe the natural progression of erosive forces.  Had the formation been on private land and the men had the blessing of the landowner, the story would be very different.  But because this was in a state park, one specifically dedicated to the protection of the goblins from human destructive forces, I can only wonder at how the men convinced themselves this was the right thing to do. 

 

Everyone who enters ANY natural area should be aware of potential risks, and take the proper measures to minimize their own exposure to hazards.  This does not mean that it is necessarily appropriate to remove the hazards, but rather to conduct oneself appropriately around them.  Let’s face it, the natural world, just like the man-made one, can be a dangerous place.  It is important to be aware of one’s surroundings, and to learn the necessary skills to navigate the area safely.

 

There is a great deal of beauty and exoticism in the natural world, but in order to continue enjoying it, we must be willing to protect it – from ourselves.  There is no other creature on Earth as destructive as man.  And it doesn’t have to be all of us doing the destroying; it only takes a few “bad apples” to reduce an awe-inspiring place to rubble.  This is why we have state and national parks, so that a system is in place to preserve these choice locations for the enjoyment of all, including future generations.  Unfortunately, it is in the nature of some people to destroy things merely for their own amusement.  We see it in cities all the time: it is at the very heart of riots and vandalism.  Our great outdoors are not exempt from this menace.  Often stunningly beautiful places will be marred with spray-painted graffiti.  Carlsbad Caverns has begun limiting access to previously open cavern rooms because a number of individuals took to throwing oranges and other items at the formations trying to break them.  (Unfortunately, in some cases they succeeded.)  The examples are too numerous to recount here; suffice it to say that I could go on and on.  While I am not convinced that the two Boy Scout leaders belong in this group of people who destroy things simply for a momentary laugh, having seen the video, I am not convinced that they don’t either.  Even if I give them the benefit of the doubt, I am saddened by their lack of common sense, their lack of awareness of where they were, and that they demonstrated such ill-judgment to a group of teenagers for whom they were supposed to be leaders.  The admirable tenets of the Boy Scout’s “Leave No Trace” principles were certainly discarded in this very unfortunate incident.

 

(Since the incident, the men have been removed from their leadership positions with the Boy Scouts, and an investigation into possible criminal charges continues.)

 

 

 

Come See Us at Our Pasco Christmas Show

 

It’s that time: the holidays will be upon us soon.  Now is the time to get that perfect gift for the nature lover in your life.  Come see us at Custer’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Show in Pasco, Washington, November 8-10, to choose from some stunning framed and ready-to-frame pieces.  Get your shopping done early so you can actually enjoy the season.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Custer Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

The TRAC Center

Pasco, WA

 

Hours:

Friday, November 8:  10am – 8pm

Saturday, November 9:  10am – 6pm

Sunday, November 10:  10am – 4pm

 

 

November Specials

 

Get 10% off of boxed sets of Christmas cards when you order from our specials page.  Each box contains two each of five different images.  Or, get a five-card pack of Christmas cards free with any purchase of $200 or more at the show.

 

 

Fun Facts

 

On Sunday, November 3rd, our clocks “fall back” out of Daylight Saving Time. 

 

·         In the U.S., DST was first implemented towards the end of World War I as a means to save energy, namely through the conservation of coal.

·         DST was enacted and repealed several times before it became widespread during the energy crisis of the 1970s.

·         Broadly speaking, farmers and those businesses that rely on evening darkness (such as drive-in theaters) do not care for DST much, while many other retail businesses favor it.

·         The original energy-savings of Daylight Saving Time have been nullified by the widespread adoption of cooling systems such as air conditioning.  Whereas in the early days of DST lighting was the major energy drain, a problem that DST was able to help alleviate by shifting more light into the evening, now cooling and heating systems use much more energy than lighting.  Because of the later evenings, people now keep cooling systems on longer, more than compensating for the amount of lighting energy saved.

·         Multiple efforts have been made to get the same benefits of Daylight Saving Time, without having to deal with the hassle of changing the clocks, by getting people to get up and start their day an hour earlier.  Needless to say, these efforts have not been successful.

·         While a push to rescind DST is ongoing, there is one question that must be asked: if we get rid of Daylight Saving Time, how will we remember to change the batteries in our smoke detectors?  ;’)

 

 

 

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