The Two-Second Shot

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., fools around with colleagues upon arriving for a news conference on Jan. 13. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Many times on the Hill, a photographer has to guess which direction someone will go, how many photographers will be there already, what the light situation will be and numerous other scenarios.  

And then you guess wrong anyway. This event wasn’t on my schedule, but I was nearby so I decided to give it a few minutes and see if I ran into anything that made a picture.  

The Photographer's Guide to Food on the Road


When my editors propose a politics trip to a particular state, I immediately begin considering the native cuisine, or lack thereof, available at my destination. Here’s a look at the best and worst of my on-the-road dining this election cycle. GEORGIA I am no stranger to Peach State cuisine, as my first two newspaper jobs were at the Marietta Daily Journal, outside Atlanta, and the Augusta Chronicle. My mother’s side of the family lives there, too.  

The first treat of the trip was introducing our Associate Politics Editor Kyle Trygstad to the world of Waffle House during our stay in Valdosta while following Democrat Michelle Nunn. I could live on bacon and grits.  

Behind the Camera in Ferguson


I had also heard reports of street blockades and journalist arrests. I wasn’t familiar with the area from a logistical standpoint, I didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle of getting there.  

Around the time I was thinking about it, Photo Editor Bill Clark sent me an email floating the idea of checking it out and that was all I needed to get going. I did some searches and found what I thought was the QuikTrip that had been looted on West Florissant Avenue and made my way there. It was the wrong one, but a woman pointed me down the street to where the protests were happening.  

Day 2: Arizona, Why Do You Hate Photographers?


Problem #1: I wake up at 5 a.m., because, you know, its 8 a.m. in D.C.  

Problem #2: The sun is already up.  

Small Victories

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Although it seems there's not much to these pictures, it is a major victory in the effort to photograph the back-to-back weekly news conferences of Speaker John A. Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the Hill.  

The House leaders normally host a press conference every Thursday in Studio A of the Capitol Visitor Center. They speak alone from a lectern and it normally looks the same every week, except for what they're wearing.  

Supermoon Weekend: Send Us Your Photos!

(Bill Ingalls/NASA)

The first of the three 2014 "supermoons " will rise over the U.S. Capitol Saturday evening, providing a great opportunity to shoot some stunning photographs. And Roll Call wants to see your photos! So grab your camera and tripod, shoot some photos of the supermoon with the Capitol Dome (or other D.C. landmark) in the frame, and tweet your results to @CapitolLens . If we like what we see, we might even request to publish your photo in the paper.  

Photos: Storm Clouds Over Washington

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Photo Editor Bill Clark braved the bad weather this week to capture some stunning images of ominous clouds over the Capitol. As you can see from the photos below, photographers often take the same objects and frame them differently to try to get the best results. Which framing of the Supreme Court do you like the best?  

Check out Clark's amazing images below and see more of our images on our photo page.  

#tbt: A Different View of the Fourth

Fireworks appear over the Washington Monument in celebration of Independence Day. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

July Fourth is once again upon us and hoards of tourists and locals are expected to flock downtown Friday for the annual festivities , which include parades across the city, a daytime Nationals game, a concert on the West Front of the Capitol and — of course — fireworks.  

In 1989, Roll Call photographer Maureen Keating was on duty, snapping shots of the fireworks lighting up the Washington skyline and of the spectators who turned out for the fun. Check out some of her best shots below: