INOUYE=I know, yeah

August 25th, 2009
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U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye, left, and Daniel Akaka preside over a standing-room-only crowd during a hearing held by U.S. Senator Dan Inouye Monday, August 24, 2009 at the State Capitol in Honolulu.  The hearing was about the Senate Appropriations Committee's current activities and to find out if and how various elements of government are spending federal stimulus money.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye, left, and Daniel Akaka preside over a standing-room-only crowd during a hearing held by U.S. Senator Dan Inouye Monday, August 24, 2009 at the State Capitol in Honolulu. The hearing was about the Senate Appropriations Committee's current activities and to find out if and how various elements of government are spending federal stimulus money. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Yesterday I was assigned to the meeting held by U.S. Senator Dan Inouye at the State Capitol Building.  As was expected, it was an overflow crowd, and panic immediately started settling in because how was I to make an interesting photograph of people sitting around a table with dozens of people cluttering your background?

When I arrived I saw two chairs in the middle of the conference table and thought to myself “Okay, they must be sitting there.”  I weaseled my way first to the corner, as people were filing into the room.  The Senators arrived and took their seats after greeting people in the front of the rows of chairs.  I then managed to sneak on the ground (Guerilla style!) right behind them, much to the amusement of Senator Akaka’s assistant.

I mounted my fisheye lens to get a shot of the crowd with the two Senators speaking.  The problem was that they were giving me the backs of their heads–great!  I was beginning to seethe in frustration thinking that I may have chosen the wrong spot to be situated.

I held my camera with a 70-200 lens for the longest time, waiting for Mr. Inouye to turn my way.

I held my camera with a 70-200 lens for the longest time, waiting for Mr. Inouye to turn my way.

Finally it happened, and the shot of Mr. Inouye as he turned towards my direction while listening to Gov. Linda Lingle was a keeper.  One ran in today’s edition on page 3, but this version is my favorite.

I also liked the spot because I could get eye-line matches with the speakers.  When Governor Lingle was speaking, it seemed as if she was speaking right at me!

As Gov. Lingle spoke, I saw our competition, along with another photographer, in the crowd across the way, eyeing my spot like hyenas after a kill.  All of sudden, they’re right next to me!  But as it happened, Senator Akaka had to leave, and so did Gov. Lingle.  My news judgment told me that I had gotten the shot from this angle, so I left to the other side of the room.  Uh-uh.  Nope.  The spot I had been at was the one.

I could barely get into the room, let alone see the table.

I could barely get into the room, let alone see the table.

Meanwhile, I look across, and the other photogs have already situated themselves where I was.  Well, the early bird gets the photograph!

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6 Responses to “INOUYE=I know, yeah”

  1. Sean:

    Awesome job!


  2. akabill:

    Please give us the exif info. Makes the blog another kind of learning tool.


  3. Friend:

    Nice job, and thanks for your description of your thought process. Very instructional!

    (You might have some dust on your sensor; look at the upper right corner of the pics.)

    Thanks again!


  4. SprayHawk:

    Commando photography! Love the backstory- it is interesting to see how thinking outside the box can capture some real keepers.


  5. tyg:

    LOVE first 3 shots! DoF on #2 and shadows on #3 are awesome.

    “Guerilla style” … gotta love it! I often feel that way when I practically low-crawl up to my prey to get my shot. I like low perspectives best … :o)


  6. kent:

    great post jamm.
    =]

    the backstory is wat really makes the photoblog a blog! aloha!


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