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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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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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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.
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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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June 26, 2014

Bloopers: Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game

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Shortstop Rep. Tim Ryan dives for a ground ball during the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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.

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Slideshow: Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game

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Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., pitches at Nationals Stadium during the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Check out the best shots of the Roll Call Congressional Baseball game by Photo Editor Bill Clark and photographer Tom Williams. There really was some action on the field – a few times.

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June 16, 2014

Cantor Resignation: A Photojournalist’s Challenge

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Katie Patru stands outside of a news conference in the Capitol as her boss, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, announces he will be stepping down from the position. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.

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By Tom Williams Posted at 2:01 p.m.
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These Are the Faces to Watch on Capitol Hill This Week

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Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., left, and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pose in the Capitol Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.

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By Meredith Dake Posted at 11:43 a.m.
Around the Hill

May 10, 2014

Photos of the Week: May 5

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Senate chaplain Barry Black considers his next move during the Chess Challenge on the Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

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.

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