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The Flash Bus Tour Had Full Power, My Sunday Drive Home Had No Power

03.14.2011

Power and lack of it

This past weekend The Teacher, Magnus and myself visited Portland. The weekend visit came about when The Flash Bus Tour was announced. I needed to go to this. Of course having family to visit made it worthwhile as well.

Saturday
The Flash Bus Tour

The event I attended featured two photographers / lighting gurus that I have been following over the last few years rather closely: David Hobby and Joe McNally.

The Flash Bus Tour

I can easily say my interest in lighting pushed my fascination in photography more than anything. The Teacher can attest that my side of the closet has more lighting gear than she would prefer. So, the chance to attend a workshop / conference on this stuff was a no-brainer. Of course it might mean that my side of the closet will have even more lighting gear soon.

The Flash Bus Tour

This sold-out event was held at the Oregon Convention Center. There was plenty of humor during the presentations. It never got boring and the time passed quickly. There were plenty of gear giveaways too. Sometimes it was a question like "who traveled the furthest?" or "who has a film camera with them?". Unfortunately there wasn't one on "who's the tallest photographer in the room?". Grrrrrrr.... The best moment was when Joe McNally told a female photographer in the audience that if she could fold his Lasolite TriGrip up in one motion, she could have it. She wrestled that sucker to the ground and actually broke it.

The Flash Bus Tour

Of course, she still was presented with a new one for her effort. There really were no losers at this event.

Sunday
I was expecting a rather un-eventful drive back to Bend. However as I got closer to Sandy, Oregon there was more and more tree debris on the highway. I did a double-take when I saw a fallen tree laying on a power line angling over the road. In Sandy there was no power. The traffic lights were dark, restaurants were dark, stores were dark, signs were dark, simply put, there was nothing on. This made driving through the town slow. Some drivers had no clue what to do at the traffic lights.

Finally I made it through Sandy and expected to regain a normal driving pace. Wrong.

Power out, traffic slow

Power out, traffic slow

Traffic heading East stood still for nearly 45 minutes.

Power out, traffic slow

Power out, traffic slow

Finally after the wait, Eastbound traffic moved forward.

Power out, traffic slow

Power out, traffic slow

There were many trees that had fallen on power lines. It was a mess, indeed. Traffic going West was backed up for nearly 5 miles.

Power out, traffic slow

Power continued to be out nearly all the way up until Mt. Hood, which added other slow downs. The news reports on the power outage were pretty crazy. On the other side of the mountain Madras had numerous outages, and I saw another power line pole cracked and falling over.

Not exactly an un-eventful drive home. Certainly an event-filled weekend and most of it related to lighting/power in some form or another.


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