Obama Visits Buffalo, NY

May 13th, 2010. 2 Comments!

I was lucky enough to be invited to be part of the White House Press Pool by my friends over at WNYMedia.net. President Obama was visiting Buffalo, NY on his “Main Street Tour”, Air Force One was landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport and they needed a photographer on the scene.

The day went like this:

  • Wake up at 6:45am – Double Check My Gear
  • Out the door by 8:00am – Susan drives me to the airport
  • 8:15am – Find out I’m on the wrong side of the airport
  • 8:45am – Get to the right location
  • Wait…
  • 9:30am – Take a Shuttle to the location of the Photo Op.
  • 9:45am – Drop off gear on the Flatbed truck that will act as the “Press Box” for the disembarking from Air Force One.
  • 10:15am – Take shuttle back to “Holding Pen” leaving gear behind to be rummaged through by the Secret Service and their Dogs.
  • Wait…
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  • 11:30am – Get Official Clearance and Nifty “White House Press Pool” Badge
  • 11:45am – Ride back out to Flatbed Truck – Re-assemble gear
  • Wait…
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  • 12:20am Official Wheels Down Time… no Air Force One in sight…
  • Wait…
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  • “Shit, it’s raining”
  • Take photos of Air Force One Landing
  • Shoot Burst Mode on two camera bodies (one wide angle lens, one 200mm Zoom) as President Obama jogs down stairs.
  • Shoot in Burst Mode as President Obama shakes Byron Brown’s (Mayor of Buffalo,  NY) hand.
  • Take pictures of Motorcade as it drives 100 yards and stops for another meeting.
  • Wait…
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  • 1:30pm – Take shuttle back to garage; leave to go home and post images.

So… was it worth it?  The President never came within 150 feet of the media or the crowd, I got a couple shots from the same angles that they’ve been taken from 1,000 times before.  But at least I get to say that “I’ve photographed the president”.  Here are a few images from the day.

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