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It’s often said (and I’m one of them) that the best camera is the one that you will carry with you. After all, no camera – no picture. And often photographers with years in the business get tired of lugging around a camera case, pack or backpack full of gear and never really using it. Going through Syracuse University’s photojournalism program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, it was downright heretical to be wandering around without your unwieldy cameras (two bodies clipped to a padded leather harness strap hanging around your neck – larger glass on the bottom body’ smaller lens on the top body – a heavy, 300mm f-2.8 in the bag along with assorted other prime lenses, flashes, batteries, film – yes, this was pre-digital – light meter and assorted other items). I often felt more the pack mule than photographer. Still do on many days. Imagine carrying around just an iPhone in place of all that gear and still being able to come up with a fine image. Just check out what Cathaleen Curtiss has been able to do with her iPhone as seen on her “As I See It” blog.
However, even if I like to travel light these days, iPhone always in hand, it’s always great to have your gear with you. Sometimes you just need it. I’m glad I had it with me when I came across firefighters putting the finishing touches on a smoldering grass fire on 18th Avenue in Eugene. It made getting a decent image a lot easier.
Veneta was incorporated as a city in 1962, although it had its roots 100 years ago, when Edmund Hunter settled the area in 1912, according to a history put together by Veneta City Council member Sandra Larson. The 1962 incorporation drive was led by Bill Smigley, who subsequently served for 18 years on the city council and then became a longtime mayor of the city, serving 16 years, from 1980-1996, before stepping down. Smigley was known as “Mr. Veneta.”
The City of Veneta is only about 10 west of the Eugene city limits, in the southwest corner of the Willamette Valley in Lane County, Oregon.
I’m a sucker for neon. Especially in twilight. Photographed on Willamette Street during Artwalk in downtown Eugene, Oregon, May 2012.
The light, the blues, the yellow contrasting against the blues all caught my eye as I was driving down Hwy. 126 west of Eugene. Couldn’t help but stop and take some photos of this late spring scene.
Strolling through a crowd like the one that assembled for the Crow Car Show, you never know just what kind of a face you’ll come across. One in a series of my “Faces” portraits.