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February 12, 2015

#TBT: D.C. Press Throws ‘Circus’ to Welcome New Congress

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(CQ Roll Call File)

 

On Feb. 12, 1989, Roll Call published a photo page recounting the Washington Press Club Foundation’s party to welcome the 101st Congress. The club hosted a “circus,” hiring the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to entertain new and returning members.

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By Meredith Dake Posted at 11:44 a.m.
From the Archive

January 21, 2015

The Two-Second Shot

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., fools around with colleagues upon arriving for a news conference on Jan. 13. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Many times on the Hill, a photographer has to guess which direction someone will go, how many photographers will be there already, what the light situation will be and numerous other scenarios.

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January 2, 2015

Slideshow: Roll Call’s 2014 Feature Photos of the Year

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo

In our 2014 Feature Photos of the Year, we bring you a look at some of our favorite moments of the past year — many in a lighthearted fashion.

One of the things we love about shooting photos for Roll Call is the opportunity to capture the spectacle of Congress and politics just like a local community newspaper would cover its small town. The only difference is that our community is Congress, which lends itself to some compelling photographs beyond the headlines.

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December 26, 2014

Slideshow: Roll Call’s 2014 News Photos of the Year

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo

This year was a big one in political news — and that is reflected in our 2014 News Photos of the Year. More than half of our best photos of the year are a result of Roll Call’s dedication to sending journalists on the road to see congressional campaigns on the ground.

A photographer from one of our competitors approached me a few months ago for advice on how to get his publication to send him on the road. I told him the trick is having editors who already understand how photography adds a valuable dimension to political reporting.

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December 1, 2014

A Tale of Two Handshakes

Taking pictures at a political event is hard.

I’m a visually oriented person who started off my nascent journalism career (in junior high, in a “wet” lab) as a shooter, and I’ve always respected how much the right image can communicate about a story. But I gained a deeper appreciation for political photojournalism when I compared the pictures I took on the campaign trail with ones taken by CQ Roll Call Photo Editor Bill Clark and Photographer Tom Williams.

Parades make for good art in political campaigns. There are a lot of variables — from children running around, Shriners buzzing by in mini-cars and the opportunity for candidates to literally touch the people they are trying to woo to the ballot box. But it’s not a simple matter of pointing and shooting, particularly when a writer such as myself also is surveying the situation and attempting to construct a narrative about the event.

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November 17, 2014

The Photographer’s Guide to Food on the Road

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(300x300)Now that we’ve all had time to fully digest the midterm elections, and I’ve had time to get back to a regular diet after a week on the road in Arkansas and Louisiana, let’s talk food on the road.

When my editors propose a politics trip to a particular state, I immediately begin considering the native cuisine, or lack thereof, available at my destination. Here’s a look at the best and worst of my on-the-road dining this election cycle. Full story

By Bill Clark Posted at 2:33 p.m.
On the Road

November 14, 2014

Photos: Freshman Welcome Week

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Sen. Jerry Moran, K-Kan., brings a cake reading “Under New Management” to the Republican senate luncheons in the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

From showing Cornell University’s mascot the whole kingdom to kissing constituents, it was an eventful first week for many freshman on the Hill. Check out Roll Call’s photos of the week taken by Bill Clark and Tom Williams.

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October 21, 2014

Getting the Job Done in Media Scrums

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(300x300)There are many competitive photographers in D.C. I’ve learned from guys such as Stephen Crowley of The New York Times, Win McNamee of Getty and The Associated Press’ J. Scott Applewhite since I came here as an intern with six months of experience at my college newspaper. They don’t need to be the closest or most aggressive. They put some elements together, capture a moment, or catch a piece of light that will tie a picture together. Colleagues I respect will always try to be aware of where the other shooters are in a crowd and flash a “You OK?” look when they are close to being in your frame. I try to operate this way, too, but sometimes it can be difficult on the road.

Covering candidates in their home districts is an essential part of the job, but adapting to the style of the local visual journalists can be challenging. In D.C., there are so many still photographers that we have to work together so we don’t get in each other’s shots. A lot of journalists in smaller markets aren’t used to working in crowds, and I think they focus on what they need and not where others are.

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September 22, 2014

Behind the Photo: Mary Landrieu’s Keg-Stand Assist

Mary Landrieu

Landrieu holds a keg nozzle for a LSU football fan as he does a “keg stand” at a tailgate party on campus before the football game on Sept. 20. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(300x300)BATON ROUGE, La. — Soon after arriving in Louisiana to cover the Senate race, Roll Call Associate Politics Editor Kyle Trygstad and I found out Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy and Sen. Mary L. Landrieu would be campaigning at the massive alcohol-infused ritual that is Louisiana State University tailgating. With thousands of spirited football fans gathered for all day feasts on Cajun cuisine and every imaginable type of libation before the 6 p.m. kickoff of the LSU-Mississippi State game in Baton Rouge, I knew we were going to be witness to a spectacle with a high chance for the unexpected.

Thanks to the Southern hospitality of Fred and Lou of the Tequila Tigers tailgate crew, we were quickly invited into the fold when we arrived early at the first designated meeting spot on campus for Landrieu’s tour of the elaborate tailgate parties. Soon I spotted Landrieu’s entourage winding through the purple and yellow encampments. She moved quickly from group to group, saying hello, passing out campaign stickers, shaking hands and posing for photos. She even dared to approach what seemed like hostile territories, greeted with a chorus of boos or occasional shouts of, “Go back to Washington!”

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September 19, 2014

Fast Forward Friday: How a Photographer Uses Instagram’s Hyperlapse

Have you ever wished you could put Congress on fast forward? You can now, with the help of the Hyperlapse app from Instagram that’s now available for iPhone. (Sorry droids, you are going to have to wait.)

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve put this nifty little app to the test, and I love it. It shoots video at normal speed, then gives you the option to save or publish the video at normal speed to 12 times the speed.

Just imagine how much Congress could get done at 12 times the speed.

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