How I got the shot: The Prime Minister with a selfie stick

In Editorial work, How I got the shot

The selfie stick

Recently, prime minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, visited the Norwegian School of Economics here in Bergen. Since I’ve worked as a photojournalist for the local student newspaper Studvest for several years now, I’ve covered these type of events several times before. They are… well, kinda boring to cover. There’s a lot of waiting and many, many boring speeches. If you want to get a good photo from an event like this, though, you have to make it even worse for yourself: show up first, and leave last. Most of the times, getting close enough to get decent shots can be a struggle with any politician, so usually you need all the time you can get. Not so with Erna Solberg, fortunately. Security was very easy-going, so getting up close wasn’t hard at all, and she even did a short interview round with the press after her speech. I walked around trying to be as creative as possible; not quite feeling it, so I swapped to my current favorite lens, the 85mm f/1.2 and tried to get something different with that.

After the press event, just as she was leaving, a few of the students that organized the event came up to Solberg and asked to take a “selfie” with her. And they had a selfie stick for her to hold, because of course they did. I immediately realized that this was what I wanted to get a shot of for the paper. Silently cursing my choice of lens at the moment (85mm f/1.2, hence the shallow DOF), I ran back as far as I could, squeezing into a wall, barely getting them into the frame (cutting the cell phone, unfortunately). It’s not a perfect shot, but by far the most interesting. All the other shots were pictures of her face in one way or another. This, on the other hand, was something happening, and that’s always what I’m looking for when doing photojournalistic work (including concerts!).

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EXIF: Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 85mm f/1.2 at ISO 250, f/1.2, 1/250 sec.



Some contrast and saturation added when doing the RAW conversion and a little dodging around the eyes, but not much else.

To see more photos from Erna Solbergs visit to the Norwegian School of Economics, click here.

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