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Shortlisted For Professional Photographer Of The Year 2014

PPOTY Shortlist

Thrilled to share that one of my images has been shortlisted for the Professional Photographer of the Year 2014 competition.

State visit to Britain by US President Barack Obama.  Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron greets the US President Barack Obama, welcoming him to 10 Downing Street.  May 25 2011. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

State visit to Britain by US President Barack Obama. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron greets the US President Barack Obama, welcoming him to 10 Downing Street. May 25 2011. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

It’s a shot from 2011 of US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street. Although a straight forward hand shake picture, the challenges were there (it’s often the simple shots that turn out to be complicated!). We had to arrive many, many hour before the President was due to arrive. Once through the security, we waited I think close to five hours. Naturally the light also started to misbehave. On top of which there were probably easily between 50-60 photographers there (and several TV crews), all crammed together like sardines who even more familiar than normal sardines (read that as proper squashed!). When the image happened, amid the screams of photographers trying to get an eye line from both politicians, the sun came out seconds before, causing a massive shadow where the President was standing and a huge area of massive highlight where the Prime Minister was standing. Thankfully shooting RAW and processing in Aperture (at the time) allowed me to save the highlights and bring out some detail front he shadow areas! This version has been processed in Adobe Lightroom and Alienskin Exposure 6. Not one to shout, I waited patiently hoping for both gents to be looking in my general direction and somehow got lucky enough to have adjusted my exposure in time for when they both looked down my lens, together! The shot was taken on a Canon 5D MkII and Canon 70-200mm f2.8L II IS lens.

Update:

Almost a week on and the results have been announced. Sadly my image didn’t make it onto the winners’ podium this year (having won the street photography award last year). The winners’ images are stunning though and well worth a look. Congratulations to all 🙂

US President Barack Obama’s State Visit

State visit to Britain by US President Barack Obama. US President Barack Obama leaving 10 Downing Street. May 25 2011. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

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State visit to Britain by US President Barack Obama. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron greets the US President Barack Obama, welcoming him to 10 Downing Street. May 25 2011. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The ‘Beast’ (the nickname given to the Presidential limousine), the Secret Service, huge American cars and a red carpet.

President Barack Obama makes a State visit to England in May 2011. I spent two days in Downing Street photographing the meeting of the President and our Prime Minister David Cameron, as well lots of goings on as far as Hilary Clinton, security, demos and car polishing.

As enjoyable as these assignments are, a big part of the enjoyment is being there with colleagues, several of which are close friends. I’m estimating that there must have been around 60 photographer covering just Downing Street. Lots of catching up but mainly, lots of standing around and very early starts. Many many hours of waiting for a minute’s worth (if that!) of photography. To add to that, we had terrible harsh light to contend with.

Colleagues setting up their remote cameras which are triggered by Pocket Wizards. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

It’s all great fun though and I personally wouldn’t change a thing.

L-R: photographers Lefteris Pitarakis, Jess Hurd and Edmond Terakopian covering the State visit by US President Barack Obama. Downing Street, London. May 25, 2011. Photo: Sang Tan

On a technical note, I worked with a Canon 7D and 300mm f2.8L IS, a Canon 5D MkII with a 16-35mm f2.8L II or 70-200mm f2.8L IS and a Leica M9 with a 50mm f0.95 Noctilux.

Photographer Edmond Terakopian on assignment for Polaris Images covering the State visit by President Obama. Downing Street, London. ©Photo.