january 2012 happy new years all !

Happy new years 2012 ! glad to be back home. always a pleasure assistinng in ISP coverage of POTUS & FLOTUS !

(photo tip) decided to enter some tips, stuff i learned from each situation. wish i brought a small 1 step ladder. everyone is nearly 5-feet 8-inches high, when u have ‘service’ and the masses the same height, 12-inches more height aids in more fruitful photo op. heart out to jason reed. we were all tippy-toeing to get a pic. mandel was the only one heads and shoulders above and able to make pics at will. i know what i’m bringing as omiyage to my fellow photogs.

this years coverage was another year, POTUS/FLOTUS’ vacation in the islands. most of my views of POTUS (obama) was thru the bus windows ! LOL ! there were some logistical issues that kent shared about missing the yearly shaved ice photo op. LOL ! what ? more photos of obama enjoying slurping his shaved ice ?

all is well. many hours were spent at the base starbucks. with new white house staff, my days were shared rather uneventful as in above photograph. no complaints, just sending positive energy to the commander in chief. hey, when you’re vacationing and you’re a public figure at least give the pool press some views of your beach frolicking instead of having images being made a paparazzo. what’s so secret about you and the first family enjoying the beach ? i’m a kamaaina too ! wish there was more transparency regarding this issue. we’re on the pool bus to do our job, which is to cover your movements, and this includes your vacation time out in the public.

to make daily photographs from our pool bus like above is a farce ! repeat my words, a total FARCE ! this was our only view of the day ! talk more about transparency ! actions speak louder than words. below another view which we on the pool bus have been very accustomed to.

fun times though, hanging out w/ photographers from AP, Reuters and AFP ! here we are above on christmas eve, waiting for POTUS’ motorcade to cruise past the base xmas tree.

departure via Air Force 1.

lastly, the wave. this year opted to use a hand holdable 400mm/5.6L. fantastic, hand holdable lens if there is daylight. LOL ! more on this later ! have a good day, thanks for stopping thru !


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