Keeping Safe during the Covid Pandemic
Many businesses that have been allowed to open during the Covid pandemic have had to follow strict guidelines to keep their employees and customers safe. This has been proven to be an especially challenging task.
For the past year we’ve all been using some combination of face masks, shields, gloves, disinfectants, bleach, gowns, paper towels and hand sanitizer among other things all with the goal of keeping the virus away from our bodies.
Like other establishments we were spending a considerable amount of time cleaning our facilities. We use spray bottles of sanitizer to clean tables, chairs and other surfaces and then wipe them dry. To save time and supplies, we purchased an electrostatic sprayer. They are different from conventional sprayers in that an electrostatic charge is applied to the disinfectant as it leaves the cone making miniscule droplets that are evenly dispersed. That the droplets are so small allows them to dry quickly.
This employee is using a large electrostatic sprayer to clean a dining table.
The cone on the end of the wand evenly distributes the disinfectant. The disinfectant dries in a few seconds and is safe to the touch.
This 3 gallon capacity sprayer has a rechargeable battery and can be worn as a backpack.
This is a smaller sprayer comes with two rechargeable batteries. The unit weighs less than the orange one above. Instead of a wand, the nozzle is used to adjust the spray pattern of the disinfectant.
So far we’ve had good success with these sprayers. If you’re looking for a way to keep your facility clean you’ll want to consider an electrostatic sprayer.
A Fun Outdoor Activity
This year winter came a little late to Michigan. The cold weather seemed to wait until mid-January to swoop down upon us. Then suddenly we got a bunch of snow and the temperature dropped.
With the Covid pandemic keeping us close to home, we were looking for an activity that would be fun but safe. My wife came up with the idea to build a small backyard ice rink so that the grandkids could have some outdoor exercise.
After a little thought we decided upon a 20′ x 40′ rink. We made a couple of visits to a nearby hardware store to buy 140 feet of 4″ PVC tubing, a bunch of connectors to keep them attached and a bunch of 2″ x 4″s as a support frame. The hardest part was the hours it took to locate a large plastic sheet (30′ x 50′) to hold the water. After buying all of the supplies we were ready to start.
First we had to clear the snow from the area where we want to build the rink.
Next we carefully laid the plastic sheet down over the PVC frame and then filled it with water.
Hurry up and wait. We had to wait for two days for the temperature to do its trick. That’s how long it took for the water to turn to ice thick enough for us to use.
However before skating we have to smooth the surface using our home-made “zamboni”.
Finally a look at the rink after we smoothed out the ice.
The weather has remained cold for February and so the grandkids have been able to use the rink since.
The weather has remained cold so we’re able to continue to use the ice rink. They’re definitely tired of being in lockdown. It’s been a boon to getting the grandkids out and about. The skating and hockey has been a very welcome addition to their activities.
Two Websites Are Now One
|We combined two of my websites into a single one. StayFocusedPress.com was merged into this ArnieLee.com site. The articles following this one and to the right (Search by keyword) are more of a personal interest. The link to Stay Focused Magazine contain articles mostly about photography.|
Please note the recently added new articles.
BTW, I have a fairly long list of items I want to write about so hope you’ll keep an eye out for more coming soon. I apologize if you encounter a few problems with some of the older articles – I’m still fixing them. You’ll notice some of the history that goes along with 12+ years on both of these sites.
Changes Coming Soon
|During the past few months while the activities here have been off of the air (so to speak), I’ve been planning to revamp the website.
I’ve always had two sites: StayFocusedPress.com has been around for more than ten years and ArnieLee.com about four years. The plan is to combine the both to make it easier to maintain and navigate.
Please stay tuned for an enhanced ArnieLee.com in the next few weeks.
from the digital archives
In one of my previous careers I was a frequent traveler.
Since the early 1980s, business has taken me to France dozens of time. During my free time I’d often visit the extraordinary art museums of Paris.
In the early years I was able to photograph most of the artwork. However, a few years later many of the museums began to put a moratorium on taking photographs.
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, none of us are able to visit these art museums so I’ve come up with an alternative.
Below is a small set of artwork that I have photographed and collected over the years. Most were taken at the famous Musee d’Orsay.
I hope you’ll enjoy this artwork as you take a walk through my virtual art museum
Also available is my Virtual Art Museum video for those of you who prefer to just sit back and watch the masterpieces scroll by.
[Click on any of the paintings to enlarge]
For those of you who prefer to view these artworks more leisurely, here’s the same Virtual Art Museum video.
Written by: Arnie Lee
It pays to have a different point of view
Most everyone has an opinion – a point of view if you will. But in photography, the POV acronym has a special meaning.
Point Of View refers to the position of the camera when you click the shutter. By varying the camera’s position you can easily change the composition and “interest quotient” of your image. A simple change in the position of your camera can turn your photograph into a winner.
And of course you’re the key to making this happen.
Try moving closer or further away from your subject. Bend at the waist. Get down on your knees. Turn the camera from the horizontal to the vertical orientation. Lift your camera above your head. Point the camera downward. I think you get the point.
For some suggestions, check out a few of the examples below.
[ Click on any image to enlarge ]
After you’ve paid for your camera, photography is just about FREE. So get out there and show yourself and others that you have an interesting POINT OF VIEW.
Written by: Arnie Lee
Artists at Work
I’m lucky to have had several interesting careers. One of these was to develop flight simulation software.
Among the most enjoyable parts of our business was to attend the well-known summer Oshkosh air shows. At Oshkosh are acres upon acres of aircraft of all makes and models from vintage to classic to state-of-the-art to futuristic.
As a history buff, I love wandering among the hundreds of war planes covering the fairgrounds. Rather than show you the warplanes themselves, I’ve collected a series of artistic pictures that adorn the noses of these aircraft.
Enjoy the nose art that inspired our courageous airmen in years gone by.
[ Click on any image to enlarge ]
Written by Arnie Lee
how Google helped me solve a problem
As an avid outdoor-nature photographer, I’ve always believed in the saying: “you can never have too many mm’s between you and a distant subject”.
Recently I decided to add more mm’s to my camera bag and purchased a Sony 200-600mm lens to accompany the Sony A7 III.
My first opportunity to use the new lens was on a trip a few weeks ago to Florida.
This is one of the first images that I snapped. As I closely reviewed it in the viewfinder I could tell that it was obviously out of focus.
The first thing I did was to immediately check the lens setting to use autofocus. It was.
I then checked the camera menu to see if it all settings were correct for autofocus.
Next I took several more photos but no luck.
They were all severely out of focus.
Disappointed, I decided to set this lens aside for the reminder of my time in Florida.
Upon returning from this trip I planned to send the lens back to the vendor for repair or exchange.
However, before calling the vendor for a return authorization, I spent a few minutes googling “Sony 200-600mm autofocus problem”.
To my surprise I found a post that was identical to my problem. When I purchased the lens, I also purchased a circular polarizing filter (huge 95mm) to help reduce glare. The individual who wrote the google post explained that his filter interfered with the lens’ autofocus mechanism. By removing the filter, his images were no longer out of focus.
So I took the filter off my lens to see if this solution applied to my problem.
BINGO. The autofocus mechanism worked perfectly and produced this image.
I’m happy that Google helped me solve my problem.
I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to take advantage of the extra mm’s during my stay in Florida. And I’m reminded that I need to test out new equipment before I’m in the field. I’ll continue to search out for a filter which may not interfere with my camera’s autofocus. Perhaps a different brand has properties that enable the autofocus to perform correctly. We’ll see.
Anyway, I’m ready for my next opportunity to get outdoors with this lens.
Let’s Not Forget
The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970.
I “celebrate” its noble ideas each year.
For several years, I’ve written about Earth Day.
Rather than repeating this story here, let me take you another part of this website.
Please click and go to Stay Focused.