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November 26, 2014

Day 2: Arizona, Why Do You Hate Photographers?

RollCall On the Road Logo300x300 Day 2: Arizona, Why Do You Hate Photographers?

I set my alarm to 6 a.m. the night before so I could get some pretty sunrise photos.

Problem #1: I wake up at 5 a.m., because, you know, its 8 a.m. in D.C.

Problem #2: The sun is already up.

Luckily, the coffee bar is open in the hotel. My new mission for the morning, while the light is still good, is an old mission. The Mission San Xavier del Bac, to be precise. This turned out to be the highlight of my day.

 

 

mission Day 2: Arizona, Why Do You Hate Photographers?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

Next on my agenda was to pick up Roll Call Politics Editor Shira Center at the Tucson airport. From there we headed to Rep. Ron Barber’s campaign headquarters for a tour of the city and lunch at the famous El Charro Café. Neither the tour nor the lunch offered much in the way of photos, but I did get to feast on the “Famous Carne Seca” dish.

 

carneseca Day 2: Arizona, Why Do You Hate Photographers?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

After lunch, I shot a quick awards ceremony with Barber in a room that easily had the worst lighting I’ve seen in many years. Then Shira and I made our way to meet Mary Rose Wilcox, a Democrat running to fill Rep. Ed Pastor’s seat, in Phoenix. I hoped that the lighting would be better there.

It wasn’t.

Come on Arizona, you have such a pretty state, yet you hang out in rooms with terrible fluorescent lighting. Why do you hate photographers?

There were no good photos of Wilcox at the meeting of Arizona Democrats. The only saving grace of the evening was an invitation to join Wilcox at her favorite hot dog stand to have my first Sonoran Hot Dog — something that was on my bucket list for this trip.

 

hotdog Day 2: Arizona, Why Do You Hate Photographers?

 

The hot dog was quite tasty at this roadside, open-air hot dog stand. The ambiance could have yielded a really beautiful photograph as well. I worked the scene from various angles, but my quest for a marquee Roll Call style politics photograph wasn’t in the cards today.

 

hotdogstand Day 2: Arizona, Why Do You Hate Photographers?

  • Carroll Barber

    Bill, it wasn’t a total waste, the hot dog really looked good! :)

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