everyday life


When being patient pays off

I’ve driven by this spot so many times without giving it a second thought. Recently I drove by and saw the potential for an image and knew I needed to come back and wait for that decisive moment. In a spur of the moment decision, I went back on a […]

Oregon small town documentary photography by Cliff Etzel

Oregon small town documentary photography by Cliff Etzel based in Eugene

Reaching to the sky

When you see what appears to be a perfect image and being ready to capture it. There is an explosion of construction occurring in my home town of Eugene Oregon. The amount of multilevel buildings being built is pretty astonishing considering Eugene has stayed relatively quiet on that front but […]


Metro Movie Theater

As a small town street photographer, downtown Eugene, Oregon is slowly becoming more visually interesting. I’ve lived here since the age of 7 and the challenge I’ve come to realize is it’s somewhat limited visual opportunities as a result of being a smallish college town, even though it has a […]

Cliff Etzel - Eugene Oregon Street Photographer

Street Photography by Cliff Etzel

Liberty & Lunch

Made a road trip with a friend and professional colleague to Portland Oregon. On our way back home, we stopped for lunch in Salem, Oregon at McMenamins BrewPub and the ambiance was lovely. All the warm tones and the decor were begging for a color image to be shot. This […]


Always Be Ready

I tend to see moments in everyday life, especially in my home town of Eugene, Oregon. Small town street photography is more challenging in my opinion due to a lesser degree of shooting opportunities that many can find more easily in larger urban places like New York City and other […]

Street Photography by Cliff Etzel