Photos from NH Primary

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Paul A Jacobi
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Photos from NH Primary
Jan 12, 2008

I managed to get out and photograph three of the Presidential candidates. Edwards, Obama and Clinton just happened to have events within walking distance of work and home, so I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

Attached are three of my best shots. The rest of the pictures from the events are available on-line at Webshots.

All photos were shot with my 30D and either 75-300 USM or 17-85 USM IS lenses.

The Edwards event was held in a small salon ballroom. I had to use the built-in pop-up flash which produced horrible red-eye that was fixed with Photoshop. It was even more difficult to correct the red-eye of people out of focus, which Photoshop left two sharply defined black dots that had to be manually blurred. This convinced me that I really need a 430 EX that could be bounced off the ceiling to prevent the red-eye.

The Obama and Clinton events were held in a large gym with mixed daylight, fluorescent and incandescent lighting. Finding a white balance was a challenge, even with the raw images. Because I was shooting at around 300mm, I set camera on Tv at 1/400. This required ISO 1600. I was worried that this would produce an image that was too noisy, but I was surprised that I was able to get an acceptable 8.5x11 print. I used center point focus, which helps avoid focus seeking when another head in the crowd appear in the frame. Someday, I need to upgrade to the IS version of this lens or maybe the 100-400 USM IS.

I was hard to photograph all the candidates while they were talking, because the mouth would often be frozen in some awkward position. I found it was better to wait until they were at the end of a statement and gestured dramatically. In the case of Mrs. Clinton, I caught her laughing at a comment made by the audience about Bill becoming the First Man. I also got a couple good picture of Chelsy Clinton. Bill did not attend this event.

Thank you, candidates, for being such good models and allowing me to practice my skills!

-Paul

The rest of the picture from trhe events are available here:

Edwards: http://news.webshots.com/album/562049663OarhUo
Obama: http://good-times.webshots.com/album/562048902wWBeaU
Clinton: http://news.webshots.com/album/562047920bGgxke

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