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Raining Stair-rods

Posted by Jeff Watson on May 31, 2008 at 10:01

I have just read your thoughts on the phrase 'Raining Stair-rods'. I seem to remember that this phras was coined in the early days of photography when the aperture shutter speeds were very slow.

When a photographer took a photograph in the rain, the rain was recorded on the film plate as a long thin bar, similar in appearance to a stair rod.

The ruined photograph was then said to be ruined "Because it was raining stair rods".