I've decided to spend a few extra days in DC before the rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
Do a little sightseeing, take some photographs, and enjoy a few days away from school.
Today the weather was gorgeous. I spent few hours roaming through the Newseum, which I highly recommend. It was pretty cool to see some things that I didn't have a chance to see. For example, the Berlin Wall. Apparently they have the largest chunk of the wall outside Germany.
Then I went on to scout rally location at the National Mall. The lighting during the rally (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) will have some pretty bad harsh lighting, if it's sunny. The sun will rise behind the stage, so around noon it will be most likely side lighting.
Talking with the crews who were setting up everything I found out that the public will be as far from the stage as 4th Street. The rally has 3rd to 7th street section booked. The stage is about 50 feet from the 3rd street. The closest public will get to the stage is about 100 feet, 4th street. The area from 4th street to stage will be for press and VIPs.
It's a bit sad that a lot of people are coming to see it from around the country and they will be stuck watching giant TVs. I'm not even saying anything about freelance photographers who don't have press access and won't be able to take photos they really wanted to take. A bit disappointing.
The Capitol is the backdrop of the stage. One wonders about the location of the stage and the banners they used. Was this a conscious move or was it just a coincidence? I can clearly see a message for the Congress. Judge for yourself.
What do you think? Feel free to comment with your thoughts.
I will be covering the rally, but I will focus on the rally attendees. I want to capture "What does it FEEL like to be there?" as my Photojournalism professor, William Snyder, likes to say.
There are couple of venues interested in photos from the rally, so following the rally I will be on WIFI pushing those images. Let's hope I do my job, as a photojournalist, well and shoot some great, emotional, memorable photos.
If you're a blogger, indie news site, or writing an article about the rally and need photos to go along with your story (or run a separate slideshow), don't hesitate to contact me. I'll have some great photos available right after the rally.