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03/19/2006 08:20:43 PM · #1
last monday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch hosted a public square forum to discuss the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). there was a photographer there to shoot feature shots for the next morning's edition; my assignment was to shoot all the speakers. there would be a moderator and four microphones--all one had to do was fill out an information card, and they could speak.

it was a serious challenge, as there were people popping up all over the place. i was constantly moving around the room, trying to get an interesting angle on each speaker. some spoke for a couple minutes, some spoke for less than 30 seconds. not only did i have to get the shots, i had to get their names! there were about 90 people in the crowd, and altogether about 25 speakers. also, i didn't want them to look like athletic headshots, where they all look the same...

well, i got my shots, got the names, turned them in, and never saw anything...

until today, when i opened up the editorial section of the paper, and saw 20 of my shots all on one page!!!

' . substr('//www.skippix.biz/public-square/images/rtd-public-sq-jtcc-0015.jpg', strrpos('//www.skippix.biz/public-square/images/rtd-public-sq-jtcc-0015.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

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03/19/2006 08:25:52 PM · #2
Very Cool! Sounds like you were working your A$$ off!
03/19/2006 08:28:32 PM · #3
Great shots... each one is a little different and you captured lots of expressions. Well done! :)
03/19/2006 08:29:02 PM · #4
It's nice to be published isn't it? I did a shoot for a music act, Adam Arcuragi for his new CD release. My photo is all over the web in regards to his publicity, and it was recently published in a Philadelphia newspaper. Front cover of the Metro, and again inside. I got 2 spots out of that one. Congrats on your 20 shots by the way.

03/19/2006 08:51:49 PM · #5
yes, it is rewarding, and yes, it is work! it would have been very easy to have picked a seat and stayed in it and shot everything from that one spot, but i don't think that would have been that satisfying. it's tough when you're told to stay in one place, but dang, if you are free to move and choose not to? that's about as bad as having a digital camera and not taking more than 10 shots in an outing...
03/19/2006 08:58:50 PM · #6
Well done as always Skip!
03/20/2006 09:26:49 AM · #7
thanks, jimmy!
03/20/2006 09:33:43 AM · #8
awesome Skip! :hug:
03/20/2006 09:42:13 AM · #9
Darn - I don't think we got yesterday's paper.

Congrats!
03/20/2006 10:15:19 AM · #10
Excellent shots there. I love the way you've made every single one of them 'interesting' by changing the angle and composition.
03/20/2006 10:47:36 AM · #11
Great candid journalism shots, clear, great contrast, sharp. Tell us what you used and setting, lens, flash etc.
03/20/2006 10:58:09 AM · #12
Excellent work as always, Skip. Grats on the spread.
03/20/2006 11:01:16 AM · #13
thank, ya'll!

Originally posted by PhantomEWO:

Tell us what you used and setting, lens, flash etc.

these were primarily shot with my 24-70 and my 70-200. i use a 580ex with the lightsphere PJ. the non-flash images were shot at iso800 f/2.8, tv between 1/160 and 1/320. the flash images were shot at iso400 f/5.6, tv between 1/125 and 1/250.
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