Still can't get rid of the gray ... although the text is now centered under the photo and the strange little dash is gone.
I'm following Steps 1 & 2 of your directions ... I thought I was doing it right but obviously not. The gray is till there. Maybe I'll just have to live with it.
Here's what I did ... the pic is marked Private while I play around it ... can you tell me what I'm doing wrong just from the following code or do you need to see the pic?
<div class="wp-caption alignleft" style="width:480px;"><img title="Plein Air A2" src="http://ajoartists.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/plein-air-a2.jpg" alt="Testing Jolene" />
<p style="text-align:center;color:#666;font-family:Georgia;font-size:12px;margin:10px 5px 4px;">THis is a test for Jolene</p>