Two and half hours of my life


Shelbie Dawson of Turlock, right, does some face painting on Matthew Nissan, 6, also of Turlock at the Children’s Museum in downtown Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/15th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 800)

On Friday, at about 10:30 a.m. I arrived at the children’s museum in downtown Stockton for a story on where you can take your children during summer vacation. In about 20 minutes or so, I got several shots and then needed to get to El Concilio’s office for a mayoral and city council candidates forum at 11:00 a.m. Driving past the county courthouse, I saw a guy carrying two parrots walking towards the farmer’s market being held on Main and Hunter Street.


Bob Milich of Stockton, wanders the farmers’ market on Main and Hunter Streets in downtown Stockton with his pet parrots Fester, left, and Mr. Gray. Milich says he takes his birds out for a walk daily. So much so, that the locals call him the “bird man.” (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200)


Milich of Stockton with his pet parrots Fester, left, and Mr. Gray talks with vendor Pat Bristow at the Four K Farms tent at the farmers’ market in downtown Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200).

Did I have time I wondered? It’s been my experience that you only pass up an enterprise feature photo if you absolutely have to. Though I was pressed for time, I decided to stop. I pulled into the Hunter Square parking lot next to the courthouse. However it was full, costing me a few precious minutes of searching. Luckily, I found a spot on the street about half a block away. I hurried over to the farmer’s market to search for the bird lover and found him at the first vendor I came to. I got a couple of quick shots and was on my way.


Stockton mayoral candidate Ralph Lee White, left, speaks while fellow candidates Steve Gutierrez and Ann Johnston listen at a candidates forum at the El Concilio’s offices in downtown Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 400).

When I pulled up to El Concilio’s office, my luck held out because there was a parking spot next to the front door. The mayoral forum started just a couple minutes after I walked through the door. I had a noon assignment halfway across town, so I could only shoot for a half-hour or so before I had to leave. The problem was that was about the time the city council candidates would start their forum. I told the reporter that I had to go, but I’d try to come back if I could. I got shots of the mayoral hopefuls speaking and left at about 11:30 p.m.


8-year-old Laura Orozco, left, cools off her 6-year-old brother Daniel Orozco by spraying him with water from a garden hose while playing in their front yard on California Street near Alpine Avenue in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 34mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200)

It was a hot day, with temperatures reaching into the 100’s. On my way to my next assignment, I saw a couple of kids playing with a hose. With my time getting short, I debated on whether if I should stop now or perhaps try to shoot them on my way back. Deciding that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush, I stopped. I got some acceptable shots of the siblings cooling off and continued on my way.


Jerry Harmon stands outside the Whispering Hope Care Center nursing home on Carrington Circle in Stockton. Harmon says his 84-year-old mother, who was a resident there, was mistreated until her death in December at the facility.  (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 28mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/16. ISO: 400).

My next assignment was a story on a nursing home that has been fined for neglect of some of its patients. I was to get shot of a man whose 84-old mother died at the facility in December. I arrived a few minutes late, but he was delayed by a train, so we both got there at about the same time. I got a couple of quick portraits and left.


Christopher Eley, candidate for City Council District 4, left, Kathy Miller, candidate for Council District 2, and Dale Fritchen, Mark Stebbins and the Rev. Wayne Richardson, candidates for Council District 6 participate in a candidates forum at the El Concilio’s offices in downtown Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 400).

On my way back to El Concilio, I saw that the kids were still playing with the water, but I knew my time was running short, so it was good that I had stopped earlier. When I got back to the forum the city council candidates were just finishing up. Two more questions were asked and I got as many shots as I could in a short amount of time.

After a short detour to gas up the company car, I got back to the office just a little after 1:00 p.m. The rest of the day was spent, editing, captioning and toning the morning’s take. The are some who say that a slow day seems to last forever and that if you’re busy, time passes by quickly. I can attest to that. Although I barely had time to think on Friday morning, it seemed to go by pretty quickly, while the afternoon, when I had some time to catch my breath, felt like it just dragged along.

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