Tuesday, July 17, 2012

One in the crowd

"President Barack Obama drinks a beer as he sits with his wife and First Lady Michelle, daughter Malia, and Vice President Joe Biden, as the US Senior Men's National Team and Brazil play during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game at the Verizon Center on July 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. The US Senior Men's National Team won."

Playing catch up here on the blog. I've been on the road quite a bit for fun and business, so I am trying to get back to where I left off.

On Monday, I was called to shoot the US Senior Men's National Team play Brazil in a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game for Getty Images. Little did I know it would turn into a longer day than planned as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were also scheduled to appear.

Their court-side seats made for tight security and unexpected logistics - a bit more hectic than originally planned for all. Floor space was limited and there were many restrictions I wasn't expecting.

But as we do daily as photojournalists, I made do with what I was dealt. The craziness of the day made me miss the spontaneity of news that I often don't get to experience as often in sports.

I must note, it was also humbling sitting next to some of the elite Washington political photographers, many whom said they hadn't shot a basketball game in years, if ever. Makes you appreciate all they've covered in the world that much more.

With that, good luck to all in London. Should be a good show for the Olympics.


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