And so it was – on Tax Day 2009 – “tea parties” were scheduled across the United States. At last count – from what I could tell – more than 2000 cities had signed up to host a local event. From my (very rough) estimates, the Corvallis demonstration had about 200 sign waving people on the Benton County Courthouse sidewalk.
My personal goals for the rally included:
- Get a few pictures of people with signs.
- Try not to get run over by a Honda Fit.
- Chat with folks.
- Have fun.
And I’m here to report – goals accomplished. Though – two Honda Fits (within a span of about 15 seconds) passed within just a couple of feet of my lens while I crouched down trying to get a shot. My bad. Seriously, when you’re shooting – be careful – and know what’s happening around you.
To read more on the 2009 Tea Party – lopsided coverage of the nationwide event is pretty easy to find – but, if you’re interested, there’s an overview article on CNN. As for more Corvallis specific coverage – here’s the GT article.
As for the panoramic – 15 images stitched together. The challenge? I had to keep shooting any one image and hope that I could get it without a car driving in front of the protesters (there were already parked cars – didn’t need more). Mostly worked – I only had to take out one floating bumper + hood.