Photo of the Week: (from the archives) "Ventura Harbor at Sunset" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera with Tamron 16-300mm lens @24mm. Exposure; ISO 1600, aperture f/11, 1/80 second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week: (from the archives) "Ventura Harbor at Sunset" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera with Tamron 16-300mm lens @24mm. Exposure; ISO 1600, aperture f/11, 1/80 second shutter speed.
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Johnny did it!
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

The call came at 2:30 PM one day last August. No sooner had I uttered howdy when Johnny G. blurted, "I'm ready." I was not surprised. It began when Johnny tagged along with me to the Ventura Harbor. A photographer friend, Arnold, commissioned to shoot a commercial project at the Harbor, was coming up from San Diego. I was delighted for the opportunity to reconnect with Arnold, a friend I miss. He was a great excuse to visit Ojai, his previous homestead.

Arnold's photoshoot involved a commercial fishing boat recently refurbished in a nearby boatyard. The company, proud of its workmanship, and the happy captain, needed photos for a new company brochure touting the company's staff and competency. We left Arnold to do his work. Back in the Village, my photoshoot began. As in any harbor replete with ships of all stripes, it's a treasure chest of photo ops to shoot. Selectivity becomes key. Some subjects are naturally photogenic, while others are just interesting. And of course, all manner of wildlife has to be photographed-it's a law-so to speak.

As we were walking along, I was photoing several subjects. Not so much for Johnny. Curious, I asked why he was taking so few photos? Let's get a drink he suggested. With two tall glasses of refreshing ice tea before us, Johnny began his tale of woe.

"I notice that you take an inordinate amount of time composing a photo. I also notice that you also take several photos of the same subject using various exposures. And you vary the format, some vertical and some horizontal photos. All of which makes my iPhone inadequate. I frame the subject I'm shooting, push the button and done. It doesn't feel like I even took a photo." I empathized but Johnny did capture some interesting photos.

As Johnny spoke in a subdued monotone voice, I empathized. As our discussion continued, I also learned that Johnny was developing a better understanding of photography as a creative exercise. He also began to realize that phonetography did not scratch his creative itch. The kind of creativity he saw me exercising during our walk. The phone call announcing that Johnny was 'ready' meant that he was ready to buy a camera.

I suggested Johnny first outline and define his photographic intentions and desires. When finished, distill it further to its essence. The distilled list will help determine the best system to consider.

It was immediately apparent that he needed more than a point and shoot. Briefly considered were all-in-one bridge cameras with dSLR's ergonomics, a superzoom lens and compact convenience. Furthermore, bridge cameras sell at bargain prices. But without the ability to change lenses, this didn't fulfill Johnny's needs either. Johnny was ready for a prosumer dSLR camera. With the category defined, he could concentrate on specifics: brand, model and price.

Update. Johnny understood that one does not just buy a dSLR camera - you buy into a system: lenses and a host of accessories. Canon was his decision. No arm twisting on my part. Due in stores soon, he pre-ordered a Canon EOS Rebel T8i. He also bought a Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO, but not because it's my favorite lens. Johnny made his decisions without any persuasion on my part. Seriously!

From the archives, the photo of the week is one I made at the Ventura Harbor during the photo walk described above. Pay especial attention to the tower on the building on the left. It plays a "star" role next. Happy photoing!

Send comments, suggestions or questions to: focusonphotography@earthlink.net

 


 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

There are meal bags available for students on Wednesday, April 15th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Mountain Vista only. Supplies are limited and all meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please bring your FUSD meal service post cards.

Distribución adicional de alimentos el miércoles 15 de abril
Hay bolsas de comida disponibles para los estudiantes el miércoles 15 de abril, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, solo en la escuela Mountain Vista. Las bolsas de comida son limitadas y todas las comidas se distribuirán por orden de llegada.
Por favor, traiga sus tarjetas postales de servicio de comidas del Distrito escolar unificado de Fillmore.

 


 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

A revised meal service plan will go into effect starting on Monday, April 13.

FUSD Students will be prioritized by using Student ID number/bar code on post cards that have been mailed to Fillmore student homes for meal distribution. Post cards for students living in Piru will be available for pick-up at the food distribution sites.

Please bring this card with you each week to one of our 3 sites: Fillmore Middle School, Mountain Vista Elementary School, and Piru Boys and Girls Club Parking Lot from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. every Monday starting on April 13.

· One weekly meal bag will be provided per student ID Number/Bar Code; meal bags cannot be obtained at any other location. Staple items are based on availability. Supplies are limited and all meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

· Children without a student ID Number/Bar Code will be served after those with an ID Number/Bar Code if meals are still available. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required. For more information, please call Child Nutrition Services at 805-524-6164.

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Un cambio de plan de servicio de comidas entrará en efecto a partir del lunes 13 de abril.

Los estudiantes de FUSD serán priorizados usando el número de identificación del estudiante / código de barra en las tarjetas postales que se han enviado por correo a los hogares de estudiantes de Fillmore para la distribución de comida. Las tarjetas postales para los estudiantes que viven en Piru estarán disponibles para recoger en los sitios de distribución de comida.

Por favor traiga esta tarjeta con usted cada semana a uno de nuestros 3 sitios: Fillmore Middle School, Mountain Vista Elementary School, y el estacionamiento de Piru Boys and Girls Club de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. todos los lunes a partir del 13 de abril.

· Se proporcionará una bolsa de comida semanal por número de identificación del estudiante/código de barras; bolsas de comida no se pueden obtener en cualquier otro lugar. Las provisiones son limitadas y todas las comidas se distribuirán en el orden de llegada.

· Los niños sin un número de identificación de estudiante/código de barra serán servidos después de aquellos con un número de identificación/código de barra si las comidas todavía están disponibles. No se requiere identificación o prueba de inscripción escolar. Para obtener más información, llame a Servicios de Nutrición Infantil al 805-524-6164.

 


 

Ventura County Public Health Officer changes position on face masks, no longer advising against wearing them in public. Instead, he supports those residents who wish to cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential travel to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. The face coverings should not be hospital grade at this time because there is a shortage and our health professionals need them. Masks should be homemade and cover the nose and mouth. There are numerous sites online which demonstrate or give patterns for how to make fabric masks. The Camarillo Sewing Brigade provides video instruction at the following link. Additional instruction at the following link. Fabric masks can be washed and used again.

For decades, Public Health officials nationwide and locally have said that wearing a mask for protection against the flu is unnecessary for the general public. Now, Ventura County Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin says circumstances have changed. “There is growing evidence that people can have COVID-19 without any symptoms and that they can pass it to others at this stage. Many people wear masks thinking it will protect them from a virus, and in certain cases it may. That may also be true for COVID-19 especially if accompanied by good hand hygiene and social distancing, but now there may be a better reason to wear a mask; it will decrease the chance of you spreading it to someone else if you have the infection asymptomatically.”

This is particularly important if decreasing spread means not infecting a senior or someone with other chronic conditions. “In light of building evidence, I support those who wish to wear a mask in public. I don’t think everyone must do so, but I look upon those who do as making a responsible decision. I never thought I’d say that.” It is imperative though, that the use of masks by members of the public not contribute to the shortage of personal protective equipment needed by first responders like health care workers. If someone chooses to wear a mask in public, it should be home made, at least until there is no more shortage. “I’m not ready to wear a mask yet but I will respect those who do. It’s going to be hard for me to not start wearing one,” said Doctor Levin. “Covering your face doesn’t change the orders everyone must abide by to stay home as much as possible and maintain social distancing, but it’s an extra layer of protection that I think is reasonable to add.”

The rationale for covering one’s face comes from the belief that transmission occurs primarily through droplets from an infected individual, which fabrics may filter. This not only helps to reduce the risk a well person can breathe those droplets in, but also protects others around someone with mild or no symptoms who may not yet realize they have the COVID-19 infection. Face coverings may be worn anytime a person is outside of their home, even in offices of essential businesses.

“We must work together to stop the spread and save lives in our County,” said Doctor Levin. “That means that flattening the curve may benefit from another layer of protection against the virus. Consider the additional step to cover your face.” Health officials continue to stress that frequent hand washing, social distancing and staying home are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Stay in your place, maintain your space and cover your face.

 


 
On Saturday, March 27th John Tunis and the Band hosted their first ‘outdoor’ parking lot performance at Fillmore’s Greenfield Care Center for the residents to enjoy during these hard times. Pictured above are band members Bruce Johnson, Mal Stich, Garr Wharry, Greg Agostinelli, and John Tunis. Photos Courtesy John Tunis.
On Saturday, March 27th John Tunis and the Band hosted their first ‘outdoor’ parking lot performance at Fillmore’s Greenfield Care Center for the residents to enjoy during these hard times. Pictured above are band members Bruce Johnson, Mal Stich, Garr Wharry, Greg Agostinelli, and John Tunis. Photos Courtesy John Tunis.
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For months John Tunis and the Band have performed once a month at the Santa Paula Senior Center, but due to the Coronavirus outbreak the center is closed to all visitors.

Band member John Tunis had a thought to call Activities Director of the Greenfield Care Center Marrhias Gonzales and asked if the Band could perform live music for the residence to enjoy.

The Band would set up in the parking lot and residence opened up their windows and listen as the band played Saturday morning for all to enjoy.

The band plans to performs every Saturday morning going forward as long as they will allow.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy yesterday received confirmation that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This is the first known case in the county involving an employee of the sheriff’s office. The deputy, who is assigned to the Detention Services Division, began experiencing symptoms recently during his days off. He immediately quarantined himself at home pending the outcome of the test.

The deputy is feeling better, and is anxious to return to work.

Efforts are being made to evaluate individuals with whom the deputy had contact prior to experiencing symptoms.

The sheriff’s office continues to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its staff and inmate populations.

Prepared by: Captain Eric Buschow
Approved by: Sheriff Bill Ayub

 
Heather’s chalk art drawing is a good reminder to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Don’t forget to participate in the Fillmore Chalk Fest this Saturday, April 11th.
Heather’s chalk art drawing is a good reminder to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Don’t forget to participate in the Fillmore Chalk Fest this Saturday, April 11th.
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“Lately we’ve been hearing and seeing what we CANT do due to COVID-19.... let’s focus on what we CAN do! Let’s come “together” for #FillmoreChalkFest. Join us & every member of the Fillmore community to partake in this special event. Saturday April 11th decorate your sidewalk/driveway with chalk-art, this is a fun way to come “together” while still honoring the Stay at Home Order placed on us all.

Take pictures of your art work & post on social media tagging @cityoffillmore & using the hashtag #FillmoreChalkFest so we can see all of the beautiful & creative works Fillmore comes up with!

If you don’t have a sidewalk or driveway to decorate, there is still time to order window chalk so you can decorate your windows at home. We hope you’ll “join us “in this fun project in celebration of the Fillmore community coming together to have some fun during these trying times!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cityoffillmore/photos/a.1200594716737108/193517...

 
On Friday afternoon, April 3rd on Guiberson Road going towards Piru, small clouds of smoke were seen from Highway 126. Turns out it was a controlled orchard burn to clear the way for new trees.
On Friday afternoon, April 3rd on Guiberson Road going towards Piru, small clouds of smoke were seen from Highway 126. Turns out it was a controlled orchard burn to clear the way for new trees.
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Thank you to Mikey and Clay for making sure the seniors and compromised health customers who shop at Vons Market have their time to shop, from 7am to 9am, Monday through Friday. Courtesy Jennafer Wiebelhaus-Ramirez Facebook page.
Thank you to Mikey and Clay for making sure the seniors and compromised health customers who shop at Vons Market have their time to shop, from 7am to 9am, Monday through Friday. Courtesy Jennafer Wiebelhaus-Ramirez Facebook page.
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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

The City of Fillmore is prepared to ensure continuity of government during this pandemic. Based on the guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Office to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City Council meeting will be available online and broadcasted on Channel 10 and via the City’s website as described below. The Council Chambers will not be available to the public. On March 17th, Governor Newsom implemented Executive Order N-29-20, which excuses a legislative body, under the Brown Act, from providing a physical location (while social distancing requirements are mandated) for the public to observe and comment if certain conditions are met. A physical location does not need to be provided if the legislative body:

1. “[H]olds a meeting via teleconferencing and allows members of the public to observe and address the meeting telephonically or otherwise electronically;”

2. Implements a procedure for receiving and “swiftly resolving” requests for reasonable modification or accommodations from individuals with disabilities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and resolving any doubt in favor of accessibility;

3. Gives advance notice of the public meeting and posts agendas according to the timeframes and procedures already prescribed by the Brown Act (i.e. 72 hours for regular meetings and 24 hours for special meetings); and 4. Gives notice of the means by which members of the public may observe the meeting and offer public comment, in each instance where notice or agendas are posted.

If there is a change in the means by which the public may observe and comment, this requirement can be satisfied by advertising this change using “the most rapid means of communication available at the time” within the meaning of Government Code section 54954(e). This includes posting the change to the body’s website.

The City of Fillmore remains committed to continuing to employ social distancing, holding online meetings, and, as a result, is requiring the public to interact with us online or via mail and phone. Accordingly, to participate in our public process for Council and Planning Commission meetings, please review the guidelines below:

1. You are strongly encouraged to observe the live stream of the City Council’s meeting by logging to our website and clicking on the link for the applicable meeting date. Please note that for streaming to take place, the meeting must be live. If you are unable to join us during the live streaming period, the recording of the video should be available the morning of the next business day on our website.

2. To make public comments, under the public comment portion of the agenda or on any agenda item, a new City Manager’s policy, the Temporary eComment Policy has been implemented. Please submit your comment to the Deputy City Clerk via email at eherrera@fillmoreca.gov . The comment period for each regular meeting agenda will begin at 4:30 p.m., the Friday before the Tuesday meeting. The comment period will close once the applicable section of the agenda has been completed at that meeting. Although eComments will be distributed to the City Council and read out loud during the “Public Comment” time of the Council meeting or at the applicable item for an item on the agenda, eComment users should not expect responses to their comments made under “Public Comment” time.

3. Personal information volunteered by the user in their eComment is treated as a public record and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.

4. The City Manager’s Office will be responsible for the administration of eComment constituent submittals in accordance with the foregoing user policy requirements.

As the Deputy City Clerk is undertaking several functions during the Council meeting, to endeavor to have your comments provided at the appropriate time, please format your eComment as follows before emailing the comment to eherrera@filmoreca.gov:

• Title of email message: Public Comment Meeting Date: XX-XX-XXXX (add date of the meeting) Agenda Item XXX (identify which item)
• Name
• Contact Information
• Comment on subject matter jurisdiction or specific Agenda Item (please keep comments to under 500-word count)

If you have any questions, please contact Erika Herrera at 805-946-1712 or email at eherrera@fillmoreca.gov. Next City Council Meeting is Scheduled for April 14th, 2020.