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August 22, 2014

August 19, 2014

Behind the Camera in Ferguson

RollCall On the Road Logo300x300 Behind the Camera in FergusonOn Aug. 14, I was in St. Louis with reporter Emily Cahn waiting to fly back to D.C. the next day. I knew about the protests in Ferguson and thought about going, but I had to file pictures from the Illinois State Fair and had little storage space on my computer after nine days in the Midwest for our Roll Call on the Road project.

I had also heard reports of street blockades and journalist arrests. I wasn’t familiar with the area from a logistical standpoint, I didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle of getting there.

Around the time I was thinking about it, Photo Editor Bill Clark sent me an email floating the idea of checking it out and that was all I needed to get going. Full story

By Tom Williams Posted at 2:39 p.m.
On the Road

August 14, 2014

Iowa: The Fair of Entourages

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Guests walk though the 2014 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa on August 9. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

I attended the Iowa State Fair last week with Roll Call Politics Reporter Alexis Levinson to cover the Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. The candidates running for the seat are Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Senator Joni Ernst. I’ve have enjoyed taking photos of politicians at the fair in the past, but it proved tricky this time with the volume of people following them.

Braley delivered his stump speech on Thursday and then walked the grounds with a motley crew in tow, including: staff, reporters, filmmakers, opposition trackers, hecklers holding signs and random hangers-on. Luckily, I was the only still photographer from the media. However, if the candidate did something that would make a good picture, it was hard to get into position, and nearly impossible to exclude all the extraneous people. At that point, as a photographer, you have to try to make a photo that shows everything going on. Full story

August 7, 2014

#tbt: Intern Duties

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Part of Roll Call’s 1989 “continuing series of photos of dog-walking interns, here’s Jodie Martin, Diet Coke in hand, and Sen. Bob Dole’s pooch Leader on leash.” (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

A recent visit to the Roll Call archives uncovered this 1989 photo of a young Senate intern from University of California, Santa Barbara named Jodie Martin walking then-Minority Leader Bob Dole’s dog Leader 25 years ago this month.

We tracked her down thanks to the power of the Internet — she’s now Jodie Martin Ellis and works in the San Francisco Bay area.

Reached via email, Martin Ellis recalled that interns were not usually “thrilled” to be tasked with the duty of walking the Kansan’s appropriately named terrier, but on the day the photo was taken she was eager to get away from her desk.

“I’m a little foggy after all these years, but like most terriers, I believe Leader had a big attitude for a little dog,” Martin Ellis said, adding that unlike Dole, “Leader’s bark was bigger than his bite.” Full story

Day 2: Arizona, Why Do You Hate Photographers?

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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.

 

 

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By Bill Clark Posted at 11:20 a.m.
On the Road

August 6, 2014

Westward Ho! Day 1 of Roll Call on the Road in Arizona

My alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m. to give me enough for a quick shower, a shot of caffeine and a ride via Uber to National Airport for my 6 a.m. flight to Las Vegas via Atlanta. I get to the airport and guess what? The TSA lanes aren’t even open. I could have slept another 30 minutes.

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Empty-handed. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Eventually, I get on the plane and land in Sin City, where I manage to bypass all the slot machines as I make my way to baggage claim and the shuttle bus to the rental car hub. Now comes my favorite part: I LOVE driving through the desert, and I now get to drive from Vegas to Tucson, taking in some absolutely spectacular scenery.

Here are a few of the shots I made with my phone, including a roadside place where you can shoot guns and have a burger,

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Combo dining. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

a Route 66 sign in Kingman, Ariz.,

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Get your kicks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

and a flask from the souvenir shelf at a gas station.

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Drink up! (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Part of my plan for the day was to find a beautiful scene to shoot at sunset with my real cameras. And had it not been for a few self-imposed detours and a couple traffic jams (how is there traffic in the desert?) I would have made it through Phoenix with plenty of time to find that perfect spot, maybe with some cacti.

But as I clear the Phoenix area, the sun is setting way too fast, and there isn’t a single cactus to be seen. Thank you Arizona, for 75 mph speed limits. Just as the sun was about to go behind the mountains, I found a small clump of pitiful cacti. Here’s what it looked like.

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The sun sets in the West. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

This journey started almost 22 hours ago, and now it’s time to sleep.

By Bill Clark Posted at 1:28 p.m.
On the Road

July 31, 2014

#tbt: Eric Cantor Edition

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Cantor works out the final details of his new office with members of his move coordination team. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Eric Cantor gave his last speech as majority leader on the House floor, Capitol Lens decided to dig into the Roll Call archives for different views of the outgoing majority leader’s time on the Hill.

Cantor, talking about his time in Congress, said Thursday:

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as majority leader of this distinguished body. I look around this remarkable chamber and I see so many friends and colleagues who have inspired me and who have inspired this congress to do great things for the American people. Walking into this building, and walking on to this floor is something that excited me every day since I was first elected to congress.

“As it should.

“Not one of us should ever take for granted the awesome honor and responsibility we have to serve our fellow Americans. This is a privilege of a lifetime. I think of the sacrifices that help me rise to serve the people of the Virginia’s 7th District. … I have truly lived the American dream. That’s what this country is supposed to be about; dreaming big, believing that each generation can do better than the last.”

Our photographers have tracked the Virginia Republican since his freshman year, and our trip into the archives taught us something about Cantor’s Hill personality.

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July 15, 2014

Small Victories

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Although it seems there’s not much to these pictures, it is a major victory in the effort to photograph the back-to-back weekly news conferences of Speaker John A. Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the Hill.

The House leaders normally host a press conference every Thursday in Studio A of the Capitol Visitor Center. They speak alone from a lectern and it normally looks the same every week, except for what they’re wearing.

Pelosi’s avail is held first and usually wraps up at about 11:20 a.m., to allow some time before Boehner’s which starts at 11:30. As I was setting up a shot of her walking out, which wasn’t shaping up to be much, I realized Pelosi was ending late and Boehner would be there at any moment. I thought there was a good chance of them passing each other.

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July 11, 2014

Supermoon Weekend: Send Us Your Photos!

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(Bill Ingalls/NASA)

The first of the three 2014 “supermoons” will rise over the U.S. Capitol Saturday evening, providing a great opportunity to shoot some stunning photographs. And Roll Call wants to see your photos! So grab your camera and tripod, shoot some photos of the supermoon with the Capitol Dome (or other D.C. landmark) in the frame, and tweet your results to @CapitolLens. If we like what we see, we might even request to publish your photo in the paper.

Need some pointers on how to shoot the moon? CNET has an excellent page dedicated to shooting the supermoon.

By Bill Clark Posted at 4:52 p.m.
Around the Hill

July 10, 2014

Photos: Storm Clouds Over Washington

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Photo Editor Bill Clark braved the bad weather this week to capture some stunning images of ominous clouds over the Capitol. As you can see from the photos below, photographers often take the same objects and frame them differently to try to get the best results. Which framing of the Supreme Court do you like the best?

Check out Clark’s amazing images below and see more of our images on our photo page.

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July 8, 2014

What You Missed: An Independence Day Parade in 69 Seconds (Video)

When Independence Day rolls around in an election year, the Roll Call photojournalists head out to small towns in contested districts across the country to catch candidates and beauty queens marching in their local parades. This year I found myself at the Ripley, W.Va., Fourth of July parade billed as “The USA’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration.”

This is a collection of every frame I shot of the parade, most which never get filed or shown publicly. The music is a recording I captured on my iPhone of local musicians hanging out under a tree. Leo Enoch was on guitar and Leonard Whiting was on banjo.

Have a look for yourself as Roll Call presents 623 photos of the parade in 69 seconds.

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