The City of Fillmore will be opening the Active Adult Center located at 533 Santa Clara Street in Fillmore as a “Cooling Center” beginning Tuesday, June 11th at 12:00 p.m. and will be open until 8:00 p.m. The dates and hours can change depending on the weather but whenever the temperature reaches 94 or above the Cooling Center is opened. Fillmore residents are encouraged to use the center to remove themselves from the heat and drink plenty of cold water provided by the Fillmore Fire Department. If you have any questions please feel free to call City Hall at (805) 524-1500 or the City Fire Department at (805) 524-0586.

 


 
Photo of the Week: "Tassels crossed to other side of the mortarboard (caps), graduates celebrate by firing blue & white streamers into the air" by Bob Crum. Photo info: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @16mm. Exposure; ISO 10000, aperture f/10, 1/125th of a second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week: "Tassels crossed to other side of the mortarboard (caps), graduates celebrate by firing blue & white streamers into the air" by Bob Crum. Photo info: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @16mm. Exposure; ISO 10000, aperture f/10, 1/125th of a second shutter speed.
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I chimp, do you?
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

I read that humans share 98 percent of our genes with chimps. Uh huh. Perhaps that explains why many photographers emulate them. Photographically speaking, chimping is looking at the digital camera's LCD screen as soon as a photo is made. As shuttermuse says, “the term is jokingly derived from the excited noises oooh ohh that photographers often make when they see a great shot on the LCD screen sometimes followed by ape-like hand motions while exclaiming LOOK AT WHAT I GOT! Good grief!

Chimping is often a derogatory term prescribed to photography amateurs lacking confidence. However, professional and enthusiast photographers also often chimp their shots. Of course I don't. OK, I'm guilty! (gasp!)

Chimp at your peril. Action at events is often fast and unpredictable so chimping might cost you a 'money' shot. But, as shuttermuse states, instant feedback is a significant benefit of shooting digital. Chimping is a quick way to check exposure. Sure but (this is embarrassing) if I got a dollar for every potential 'money' shot I missed due to chimping, perhaps I'd have enough money to take all 2,397,602 of my readers out to lunch.

Of course, when shooting landscapes chimp away. It's good to periodically check the histogram to analyze the exposure, check focus, and composition.

Chimping can help photography newbies build confidence. If your camera's settings are out of kilter, instant feedback will show mistakes and guide you make the necessary aperture, shutter speed or ISO adjustments. Used accordingly, chimping can be considered a learning tool, thereby expedite your learning process.

But chimping is not necessarily peachy. As stated above, but bears repeating, chimp at the wrong time and you might miss the shot of a lifetime. At the event, make a test shot or two to check exposure so when the event begins, you can concentrate on composition and not worry about exposure.

Additionally, I often see newbies chimp while not realizing that the camera LCD screens are not Hi-Def. Fact is, the LCD screens on most cameras are lousy. Therefore, the image viewed on the LCD screen is a poor example of the photo's quality or even exposure. If you're capturing photos in RAW mode, what is seen on the camera LCD screen is not the RAW photo but a jpeg based on the RAW photo data. Image exposure is best indicated with the camera's more accurate histogram.

I was assigned to shoot Fillmore High School's graduation ceremony. The light was problematic. With the sun setting, some of the event in the sun, other parts in shadow. Had to continually adjust aperture settings as I pointed the camera in a different direction. I had to make exposure adjustments so fast I had to double clutch the lens to quickly dial in proper aperture! Love muscle memory! But I digress.

Surprises are fine for birthday parties but not at event shoots. It's been ages since I shot the graduation program. Not forewarned, I was bamboozled. As the turning of the tassels was happening, I quickly moved to get in position for the tossing of the mortarboards (caps) into the air. That didn't happen! Instead, the graduates fired plastic streamers (WHAT?) into the air from tubes. I was instantly startled! Then my trusty experience kicked in, and I quickly changed to burst mode and fired away-click-click-click-click-click-click, eight frames/second. Over in seconds, NO time to chimp till done. Success! Whew! One of the ceremony finale photos is the photo of the week. Graduation ceremony photos at fillmoregazette.com.

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Live video stream of 2019 Fillmore High Graduation Ceremony begins tonight at approximately 7:00 p.m. local time.

Instructions for watching the graduation live stream:

Point your web browser to http://www.fillmoreusd.org/stream/

It will take you to a District webpage entitled "Video Streams Fillmore Video Production"

Under "Fillmore Video Production," click on “YouTube Channel”

Direct YouTube link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txj3EQcM63Y

 


 
On May 27 at 8:30 p.m., a solo vehicle crash ended with it driving into an embankment at Old Telegraph Road and Grand Avenue. The vehicle was found 100-feet off the road, with the driver trapped inside. She was extricated by 8:50 p.m., and taken to the Ventura County Medical Center. Her condition has not been released. Old Telegraph Road was closed in both directions between Grand Avenue and C Street. Photo courtesy Ventura County News Crew.
On May 27 at 8:30 p.m., a solo vehicle crash ended with it driving into an embankment at Old Telegraph Road and Grand Avenue. The vehicle was found 100-feet off the road, with the driver trapped inside. She was extricated by 8:50 p.m., and taken to the Ventura County Medical Center. Her condition has not been released. Old Telegraph Road was closed in both directions between Grand Avenue and C Street. Photo courtesy Ventura County News Crew.
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(l-r, top to bottom row) Jorge Acevedo (FHS Alumni Scholarship), Aalyiah Alfaro (FHS Alumni Scholarship), Mireya Avila Mejia (FHS Alumni Scholarship), Fatima Bazurto (Wm. Brisby Memorial Scholarship), Wendy Carrillo Garcia (FHS Alumni Scholarship), James Chandler (Steve & Patricia Baum Memorial Scholarship), Cecilia Cisneros (Scanlin Scholarship/Balden Athletic Scholarship), Sergio Contreras (Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship), Daniel Cruz Enciso (Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship), Abraham Santa Rosa (FHS Alumni Scholarship) (Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship), Gabriel Gonzalez (Dr. Jack Crandall Scholarship), Katherine Johnson (Terry McGuire Memorial Scholarship), Erik Magana FHS Alumni Scholarship), Damian Meza (Susan Knight Scholarship), Ariana Schieferle (Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship) (John Lemley Memorial Scholarship), Jerry  Tovar (Dr. Jack Crandall Scholarship), Matthew Van De Mheen (Susan Knight Scholarship), Alexis Van Why (John Lemley Memorial Scholarship), Antonio Villalobos (Scanlin/Balden Scholarship).
(l-r, top to bottom row) Jorge Acevedo (FHS Alumni Scholarship), Aalyiah Alfaro (FHS Alumni Scholarship), Mireya Avila Mejia (FHS Alumni Scholarship), Fatima Bazurto (Wm. Brisby Memorial Scholarship), Wendy Carrillo Garcia (FHS Alumni Scholarship), James Chandler (Steve & Patricia Baum Memorial Scholarship), Cecilia Cisneros (Scanlin Scholarship/Balden Athletic Scholarship), Sergio Contreras (Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship), Daniel Cruz Enciso (Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship), Abraham Santa Rosa (FHS Alumni Scholarship) (Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship), Gabriel Gonzalez (Dr. Jack Crandall Scholarship), Katherine Johnson (Terry McGuire Memorial Scholarship), Erik Magana FHS Alumni Scholarship), Damian Meza (Susan Knight Scholarship), Ariana Schieferle (Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship) (John Lemley Memorial Scholarship), Jerry Tovar (Dr. Jack Crandall Scholarship), Matthew Van De Mheen (Susan Knight Scholarship), Alexis Van Why (John Lemley Memorial Scholarship), Antonio Villalobos (Scanlin/Balden Scholarship).
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Tickets Still Available But Going Fast...

The 106th Annual Fillmore High Alumni Dinner event will take place at the Fillmore-Piru Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday, June 8th.

One of the highlights of the event is the awarding of scholarships to each Alumni Association’s scholar recipient.

Dinner is catered by the award winning DJ’s Catering. The menu includes grilled Angus sirloin beef, roasted chicken breast with wild mushrooms (in Porcini Béchamel) served with field greens and vegetable salad, potatoes Mousseline, three cheese macaroni & cheese, and an assortment of freshly baked rolls with butter. Dessert menu includes choice of warm peach or apple cobbler (with McConnell’s of Santa Barbara vanilla bean ice cream).

There is still room available but reservations are going fast. Purchase your reservations ASAP online at www.fillmorehighalumni.com (click on Events), At the FHS Alumni Store located at 559 Sespe Avenue, or Patterson Hardware located at 362 Central Avenue (open 7 days a week).

Let’s celebrate our alma mater, our community of Fillmore, and our graduating seniors!

 
FHS Mother Daughter Banquet 2019
On Thursday, May 23rd at the FHS Mother/Daughter Banquet, the senior class took the time to recognize and thank FUSD Secretary Barbara Lemons (holding flowers) for her years of service to the district. Barbara is retiring after 21 years. Photos courtesy Katrionna Furness.
On Thursday, May 23rd at the FHS Mother/Daughter Banquet, the senior class took the time to recognize and thank FUSD Secretary Barbara Lemons (holding flowers) for her years of service to the district. Barbara is retiring after 21 years. Photos courtesy Katrionna Furness.
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Fillmore High hosted their annual Mother Daughter Banquet for the 2019 Senior class at the Veterans Memorial Building. Mother’s and daughter’s gathered for a pot luck style dinner as well as entertainment by both the students and the moms.
Fillmore High hosted their annual Mother Daughter Banquet for the 2019 Senior class at the Veterans Memorial Building. Mother’s and daughter’s gathered for a pot luck style dinner as well as entertainment by both the students and the moms.
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A radar speed limit sign has been installed at the east end of S.R. 126 in the 200 block of Old Telegraph Road. The speed limit entering the city is 45mph, but quickly drops to 40 then 35mph. Radar signs are an effective and affordable tool to slow drivers down. The signs display the speed of approaching vehicles, making speeding drivers aware that they are exceeding the speed limit. Studies have shown radar signs produce 10-20% reductions in average roadway speeds, along with an increase in compliance with the posted speed limit.
A radar speed limit sign has been installed at the east end of S.R. 126 in the 200 block of Old Telegraph Road. The speed limit entering the city is 45mph, but quickly drops to 40 then 35mph. Radar signs are an effective and affordable tool to slow drivers down. The signs display the speed of approaching vehicles, making speeding drivers aware that they are exceeding the speed limit. Studies have shown radar signs produce 10-20% reductions in average roadway speeds, along with an increase in compliance with the posted speed limit.
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It’s FREE to camp out with us! However, you must pre-register with the Parks and Recreation Department still! Email us to get the registration paperwork at recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us

Join us as Fillmore, CA partakes in the Great American Campout from June 22nd-23rd at Two Rivers Park! We'll have camp activities throughout the day, a campfire & an evening movie in the park.

This is a FREE event to participate in; we'll have food trucks available for you to purchase treats & meals from.

Bring your own tent, sleeping bags etc. all tents must be secured with weights or sandbags NO STAKES IN THE GROUND. All youth under 18 years old must be registered with an attending adult.

Join us for a family-friendly event to kick-off the summer in Fillmore!

Email recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us to register!

 
FUSD retirees were recognized at the Board meeting, June 4th. Pictured are a few of this year’s retirees: l-r, Elizabeth Munoz, Joanne Fore, Barbara Lemons, Rosalia Lizarraga, and Joyce Stines. Not pictured Gilda Bricker, Raymond Garcia, Scott Olson, Isabel Ramirez, William Raymond, and James White.
FUSD retirees were recognized at the Board meeting, June 4th. Pictured are a few of this year’s retirees: l-r, Elizabeth Munoz, Joanne Fore, Barbara Lemons, Rosalia Lizarraga, and Joyce Stines. Not pictured Gilda Bricker, Raymond Garcia, Scott Olson, Isabel Ramirez, William Raymond, and James White.
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FUSD Board Meeting Highlights
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

Board meeting highlights for the Fillmore Unified School District

Fillmore Adult School 2018-2019 Year in Review
The Governing Board received a presentation on the 2018-2019 Fillmore Adult School Year in Review. Presentation was delivered by Assistant Superintendent, Stefan Cvijanovich and Director, Tom Chan

Proposed 2019-2020 Update to Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
The Governing Board received a presentation on the proposed update to the 2019-2020 LCAP. Presentation was delivered by Assistant Superintendent, Micheline G. Miglis.

2019-2020 Proposed Budget, Including Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Budget Overview for Parents and Proposition 30 Expenditure Plan
The Governing Board received a presentation on the 2019-2020 proposed budget and accompanying components. Presentation was delivered by Assistant Superintendent, Andrea McNeill.

Award Bid for Electrical Yard Infrastructure Update at Fillmore High School
The Governing Board awarded the bid as follows:
Project#: 2019-035
Project Description: Electrical Yard Infrastructure Update at Fillmore High School
Contractor: Scott and Sons Electric
Amount: $1,606,000.00

Personnel Recommendations
The Board approved all personnel recommendations including new hires, promotions, resignations, and leaves.

 
Photo of the Week: "Capturing both feet of the runner in the air a matter of timing. No do-overs for such photos: by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @151mm. Exposure; ISO 200, aperture f/11, 1/250th of a second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week: "Capturing both feet of the runner in the air a matter of timing. No do-overs for such photos: by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @151mm. Exposure; ISO 200, aperture f/11, 1/250th of a second shutter speed.
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Boring photo bashed!
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

I won't deny feeling irritable — symptoms of cabin fever from long confinements indoors during weather unfit for even a duck. Don't understand the weather of late but I know that it's not conducive to photography: dismal light and damp environment.

To counter the symptoms, some well-meaning friends suggested that I start a new hobby (no time), try a new recipe (out of garlic), start scrapbooking (not enough scraps), do a puzzle (too puzzling), engage in late spring cleaning (to much like work), spend time reading the Gazette's entertainment section (the whole paper is entertaining ), or plan a summer vacation. That's it! On my bucket list: A cruise up the inland passage to Alaska. Anyway, by the time you read this, the weather will most likely turn delightful again. Moving along...

Ever harbor a thought about a particular subject and not ever needing to mention it until questioned? And, for vindication, wonder if anyone else thinks likewise?

A few years ago, I was asked to speak about my experiences as a photographer to a group of Thousand Oaks artists. I took several photos to show. One image, in particular, I made in August 2012, near Nicholas Pond, Leo Carrillo State Park. The photo: tall, wild, brown and dead grass backlit by the sun making the grass glow beautifully as if every stalk of grass was gold—a favorite photo. One in the audience asked: “Why take a boring photo of brown dead grass?” Nice guy! I paused, took a deep breath, and exhaled slowly. As I glanced around the room, I was thankful for the opportunity to express my passion for photography. Holding the photo, the scene, I explained, was beautiful, blissful in its unique way. After admiring the view a few moments, I made this photo. Look at how the grass glows! Within just a few minutes, the sun set behind the hill eliminating the majestic light. Please note that I made the photo for me! I explained that every time I look at the photo, I could vividly recall the awe and joy I felt at that moment! As I share this photo, I'm sharing a special moment in time and place. Your tastes, sir, may differ, and that's OK. The group applauded, and I continued with my presentation, knowing that the group of artists understood.

When not shooting on assignment, was I the only one who took photos for myself? No. William Neill, a photographer/writer for Outdoor Photographer magazine, recently wrote that a friend asked him: “‘Is my voice original at all, and does it matter?' Neill replied: “That depends on why you're doing your photography and for whom. I like to think that most of us make photographs for ourselves, for the enjoyment of experiencing nature and exploring the landscape, and not to please someone else.”

Vindication! Furthermore, with camera in hand, I've explored, enjoyed and photographed fabulous landscapes and waterscapes in places that I might not usually have even thought about. Montaña de Oro State Park comes to mind. Anyone else been there?

Did I ever mention timing? Making a zesty photo zing is a matter of critical timing. The photo of the week is an example of why the finger on the shutter-release button better be ready! Milliseconds matter. There are no do-overs. Get it or go home empty handed! Note that I'd be hard-pressed to make the photo with, ahem, a cellphone. C’mon folks, you know I had to say that! Happy photoing.

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