I got the opportunity today to photograph the presidential motorcade and Air Force One during Barack Obama’s visit to Austin. I was working in a support role to the rest of the staff today who were covering Obama’s arrival, the president’s speech at the University of Texas and crowd reactions at places in between. With such a huge news story, it was very cool to be able to contribute to the staff’s coverage, especially as an intern. While some might be disappointed that they are not photographing the speech itself, as an intern you have to be humble and be thankful that you were asked to contribute to a big news story.
Photographing golf can be difficult. I love to play golf, but it’s not one of my favorite sports to photograph. Usually I’m looking for a telling moment at the end of the given tournament when the winner is celebrating or when the loser gives up the championship on the last hole. On Sunday, I followed the final pairing for their entire 18 holes. After getting a few standard shots of all the players, I got creative and looked for some interesting shots. I was especially drawn to the golf course’s openness (lack of trees around the holes) and the sky dotted with clouds.
Maybe I’m just in a reflecting kind of mood. I’ve got less than a week left in Austin so while I’ve been reflecting about my internship experience, I made a couple images today featuring reflections. This wasn’t something I set out to do, and I didn’t realize the connection until I was looking at some photos in Photo Mechanic a few hours after the shoots. The first image below is from a factory that manufactures the glass used to make touch-screen devices. Oddly enough, as I rolled up for the shoot, “Your Touch” by the Black Keys started playing in my car. Almost as weird as the time last summer when I went to the scene of a shooting and “Happiness is a Warm Gun” started playing.