Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Party Time

Mitt Romney supporters celebrate the announcement that candidate Romney had easily won the Arizona Republican Presidential primary. Romney's election watch party was in a ballroom at a downtown Phoenix hotel. 

Mitt Romney had a big night Tuesday. In Michigan, his home state, he scored a tight win against Rick Santorum, but a win is a win so he took it. In Arizona, a far more conservative state, Romney coasted to an easy double digit win. 

Romney celebrated his wins in Michigan, but his campaign rented a ballroom at a downtown hotel and partied like it was 1969. (Seriously, the house band performed a long list of 60's covers like Louie, Louie and Wooly Bully and Born To Be Wild.)

I really enjoy covering the political process. I had some time during the last week to cover the debate in Mesa and campaign stops by Romney, Santorum and Ron Paul. For me, it was a good week. 

I tend to over shoot at events like this and last night was no exception. I ended up shooting almost four full eight gigabyte cards. Partly is was because the room was really dark, so there were a lot of photos that were just not usable. They were soft, either from being out of focus or soft from motion blur - either camera or subject movement. So I didn't end up archiving anywhere near 32 gigabytes worth of images (4 X 8 = 32). Still, it did take several hours to edit and archive all of the photos. 

One of the reasons there were so many out of focus pictures is that I like working on the thin edge. My most used lenses are Canon's 24mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.2 and I like to use them wide open when there is very little depth of field. Both are great lenses but at f1.4 or f1.2 there's no wiggle room. A photograph is either in focus, in which case it looks great. Or out of focus in which case it looks terrible. With the 50, moving forward or back as little as an inch is the difference between a photo that's in focus and a photo that's completely out of focus. Like I said, no wiggle room. 

There are more photos from the Romney party in my archive or available from ZUMA Press