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August 7, 2014
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.
August 6, 2014
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.
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,
a Route 66 sign in Kingman, Ariz.,
and a flask from the souvenir shelf at a gas station.
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.
This journey started almost 22 hours ago, and now it’s time to sleep.
July 11, 2014
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.
July 8, 2014
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.
June 26, 2014
The Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game can be a real challenge for a political photographer like me. Although I used to be a really good sports photographer — having covered every level of competition from tee ball to the Olympics in my days working for daily newspapers — one gets a bit rusty shooting slow-moving lawmakers around the Capitol full time.
Hopefully you’ve already seen our gallery of the best photos from the game. It looks easy, doesn’t it? Let’s take a look at the ones that got away.
May 24, 2014
Roll Call has been privileged to document many funerals and special occasions on the grounds of Arlington Cemetery through the years. This has allowed our photographers to capture some of the most human and vulnerable moments in our nation’s history. In honor of of Memorial Day, we’re taking a look into our archives and sharing a moving photo essay by former Roll Call photographer Chris Maddaloni. Maddaloni completed a photo essay in 2010 of mementos left on the grounds at Arlington. It shows different and very personal way that families and friends mourn their loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country.
Most of the photos were not released to the public. Today we are proud to release the full essay in honor of those who served. Full story
May 17, 2014
This week was all about Police Week, the reopening of the Washington Monument and the Senate. It seems our friends on the south side of the Capitol needed a week away from Washington. Didn’t they just have a two-week recess a few weeks ago? Regardless, CQ Roll Call photographers were here to bring you the news from around the Capitol.
May 12, 2014
Sometimes it can be pretty difficult to pick just one photo to highlight as your favorite photo of the week. Out of last week’s photos it’s close call between the “Greg Heads” in Charlotte and Rep. Issa watching the giant chess game in the Rayburn building. I am going with the “Greg Heads.”
Roll Call sent me down to North Carolina to shoot the last few days leading up to the GOP Senate primary election day on May 6. While I spent the bulk of my time with the eventual primary winner Thom Tillis, a rally for Tea Party favorite Greg Brannon at the NASCAR Hall of Fame featuring Sen. Rand Paul was a must-shoot event. While waiting for the rally to start, and guarding my front-and-center shooting position, I noticed a group of Brannon supporters wearing campaign signs on their heads.
So much for guarding the position.
I had to run over and get some photos of the group with my 35mm f1.4 lens. While trying to get a nice graphic image of the sign hats with the exterior of the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a background, one of the self-proclaimed “Greg Heads” wheels around towards me to pull open his shirt revealing his “I Stand with Rand” t-shirt. For me, not only does the photograph illustrate the event well, but it also helps tell a larger story of the battle between old school establishment Republicans and the Tea Party wing of the GOP.
Camera: Nikon D4
Lens: 35mm f1.4
Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec