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July 15, 2014
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.
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 10, 2014
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.
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.
June 16, 2014
When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor unexpectedly lost his primary, I knew the next day would be a media zoo on Capitol Hill.
As a photographer, the first priority was to get a picture of Cantor. The most likely time to see him would be when he arrived to the Capitol. However, the one reporter who saw him told me he came in through the Senate carriage entrance. Most people were staked out at the center door of the Capitol on the East Front, which is his usual route.
The route change was an indication he didn’t want to be seen and we probably weren’t going to be able to take a picture of him. I don’t think any other press members saw him until his news conference later in the day.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss in his primary last week has initiated a leadership shakeup for House Republicans. Cantor endorsed current GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy as his successor during his resignation speech announcing he will step down from his leadership position at the end of July.
Speaker John A. Boehner has so far refused to endorse a new majority leader, saying he can work with anyone. The GOP will host a candidate forum in the Capitol on Wednesday. Leadership elections will be held the next day.
Roll Call is tracking developments on 218, our blog about the House, but here is a snapshot of the faces you’ll want to watch this week on Capitol Hill.
May 10, 2014
Each week our award winning photojournalists Tom Williams and Bill Clark take hundreds of shots around the Capitol. A select group of those are filed into our archive. Few from that group make it into our paper and on to the website. Each week, we choose photos that may not have made it through the process and present them as our photos of the week. You may find some news you missed from around the Hill. Luckily, Roll Call was there to capture the moments for you.
May 9, 2014
I was in the Capitol on Wednesday, making my way to the House side for an event. I decided to walk across the East Front — just in case I ran into something. It would have been just as easy to walk inside, but you never know what you’re going to find outside. There was a big group gathered on House steps with members of Congress talking and taking pictures. I saw some stylish women and I thought they might be famous, so I stopped to inquire. They weren’t, but I was told that there were former pro athletes in the group so I knew that would make a picture if I could cut though the people milling about, get to the principles and line it up.
I honed in on Metta World Peace because he was the most famous of the bunch and I knew if I made a good frame, he would be in it. And I knew I needed him with a member. I shot about 30 frames of him in various stages of conversation, but none worked because the people around him made it messy.
He and another athlete, Keith Mitchell (I had to ask him who he was — hey, they wear helmets in the NFL) finally drifted to where the background was clean and the Dome was in sight, and they were talking to members. I realized that combination was the best I was going to get, so I fired off another round of frames and got some nice interaction with everyone clearly visible. The guy with the camera jumped in for a few seconds and initially annoyed me, but I think it’s fine because he isn’t blocking anything and also helps add to the energy of the scene.
May 2, 2014
The National Cherry Blossom festival is a premiere event in the Washington, D. C. area. It draws thousands every spring to marvel at our Capitol’s beautiful grounds. Roll Call’s incredible photographers have been covering spring in Washington since the 1950s.
Below are photos dating back to 1962 and include some other spring events like circus elephants performing in front of the Capitol Steps and the Statue of Freedom being lifted to the top of the Capitol Dome.