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Archive for Sunday, May 23, 2004

Flyby elevates presidential visit

May 23, 2004

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Photographer: Scott McClurg

Camera: Nikon D1X

Air Force One flies over the Brown v. Board of Education 50th
anniversary commemoration and the grand opening of the Brown v.
Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka.

Air Force One flies over the Brown v. Board of Education 50th anniversary commemoration and the grand opening of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka.

Lens: 17-35mm

ISO: 200

Shutter: 1/500th second

Aperture: f8

When photographers get assignments to cover presidential visits, we usually experience two emotions: excitement to see the president and disappointment about access, security and logistics.

The same was true for last week's Brown v. Board of Education ceremonies in Topeka. Several of the speakers were interesting and had good messages. But from a photographer's standpoint, they all just took turns standing behind a podium. Meanwhile, we were herded inside a fenced area on scaffolding, and all strained to take the same pictures.

Anytime something remotely unexpected happens, however, you get a chance at something more than just a speaker shot.

During a break in the ceremony, Air Force One flew over the school building, and I was able to make this picture.

It won't win any awards or lead a page, but it's still one of my favorites of the day because it's something different than the normal speaker shot.




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