How I covered the President of Honduras for a day

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/50–Image stabilization on

Yesterday was a whirlwind for me and felt like a highlight reel. I was the official photographer for the President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernández all day long.

This photo of him with former President Jimmy Carter was my favorite.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 5000, ƒ/6.3, 1/50

Maria Saporta interviewed the President of Honduras at the Georgia Chamber breakfast at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 9000, ƒ/5, 1/100–Image stabilization on

Edward H. Bastian, the president of Delta Airlines met with the president in their board room. It was a difficult picture to make of the meeting. I wanted to be sure to capture the warmth of the meeting. So I had to concentrate more on the individuals.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 9000, ƒ/5.6, 1/100–Image stabilization on

I think I got the expressions of the open and transparent discussions. But this isn’t enough.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 6400, ƒ/5, 1/250–Image stabilization on

As you can see the table was huge and made them look far apart. But they were able to sit across from one another and sit eye-to-eye.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/250

I decided to make some photos that were just visually appealing to give to the client.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 5600, ƒ/5.6, 1/250

I just continued to look for ways to make it look interesting after I got the basics covered.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/50–Nikon SB900 off camera triggered using the PocketWizard Transceiver TT5, PocketWizard Mini TT1 and AC3 set for -3EV

While throughout the day I had photos of the president speaking at podiums even here I was looking for something different after a while.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 7200, ƒ/5.6, 1/250
I am shooting through plants on the corners of the room.
Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 2800, ƒ/6.3, 1/100

Again, I am looking for a different angle to make the viewer feel like they are there, or just peaks their visual interest. I am shooting like someone leaves breadcrumbs to lure you into the story.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/200
My point is not to go and shoot all the artistic angles. My point is to do this in addition to the standard shots you would expect.
Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 10000, ƒ/5.6, 1/250
Most of all remember that the best photo I liked was the first one, a good expression and moment between the two presidents.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 4000, ƒ/8, 1/40

This was the attaché with the President of Coca-Cola International.