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Calling the Shots, with None of the Crowding

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Calling the Shots, with None of the Crowding

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Photographer Chuck Kennedy got the idea of placing a camera at the foot of the presidential swearing-in podium when he was at the second George W. Bush inaugural, in 2005.

Nearly four years later, on Election Night 2008, the McClatchy-Tribune photographer went into action, pitching the idea to Photo Editor George Bridges and seeking two important things: the technology to do it, and a way to navigate the layers of approval.

"I shopped around a one-page proposal," said Kennedy, 46, who has covered inaugurations back to 1985. "They were intrigued." The "they" included the Senate Press Gallery, the Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremony, and the incoming Obama Administration. After two months of lobbying, Kennedy and Bridges got the nod.

They used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and fashioned a soundproof case for it out of a Pelican case. A week before the inauguration, the pair ran an Ethernet line from the podium area under the stage to his position on a high platform in front of the Capitol. …

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