That Fleeting Moment: Romney, Obama, and Cardinal Dolan at the Al Smith Dinner

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Whew. I just got back from the Al Smith Dinner. I haven’t even download all of the images yet, but thanks to hyper-efficiency of the media world, this one has already been sent out to the newswires a couple hours ago. It was an amazing event and an incredible honor to have a near-exclusive eye on history, flanked only by two campaign photographers who have already made an incredible mark on history themselves: Eric Draper and Pete Souza.

Apparently, other than the debates President Obama and former Governor Romney haven’t been near each other since 2004. And they haven’t exactly been sharing a laugh during the debates. So it was a pleasure to be there for that brief moment where two fierce competitors put down their guard for a fleeting moment … and laughed about Mitt’s singing. (“It was pretty good!” according to the president).

More to come.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 24-70 f/2.8

Danny Gorman - I wish you could do a blog of these I think it would look pretty awesome!

Brian Kraft - Coolness! Great shot, Ryan!

Robyn - Ryan, this is a classic photo! Fantastic.
At a second glance, the chandeleir presents itself as a ‘possible speech or thought bubble’ :D Possibilities!
Perhaps it’s just my silly sense of humour!

Dave Paek - This is a “fly-in-the-wall” moment that few of us get to see (both Obama and Mitt with their guards down – well sort of). And WOW, I can’t say enough about that picture quality! ;-) A historic photo – superbly captured!

Tim Forbes - Dude, come on. Really awesome and how cool is it for you to have such a privilege in life? Wow, man.

Robin Brenizer - Great photo Ryan! Too bad I couldn’t have gone with you to hold your camera case.

Georgi Anastasov - Nice portrait of USA – 2 parties and the church are having fun while someone else pay the check:)

Nathan Mitchell - well done.

Thomas Lester - Nicely done. Even more nicely that you got the gig. Half the battle is being there, right?

Roger N - prepare for this picture to end up an internet meme!

Gene D. Lanier - Know your mom is really proud…….

Kathleen DeCosmo (@katiesheadesign) - Ryan,

I want to frame this very historic photo. Excellent!

Johnny Danger - Buddy if I see it right here… Romney was just about to finish his delivery of the “Father Nelson” joke?

nadine - Great moment captured, Ryan. The world needs more love!

Another Chance at History

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I’ll be back as the sole independent photographer in the Al Smith Dinner tonight, with President Obama and former Governor Romney, among countless other luminaries. Watch it on C-Span at 9.

It has been an incredible honor to have an exclusive eye to history multiple times. Nervous and tremendously excited. Heck, I’m excited just to work alongside Pete Souza, let alone everything else.

Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: 24-70 f/2.8

Zach Sutton - Wow! Quite the honor. Congrats!

Chelsea Patricia - I love this. GO YOU for catching this moment so perfectly!

Martin - Good luck Ryan!

Brent Chapman - Good luck tonight. I’ll know you’ll do awesome as always. See if you can get them to stand still long enough to do a B Method on them. lol

Aden Priest - Good luck man!

Patrick Downs - Nice. No pressure… you do huge weddings, fercriminysake!

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson - I would throw up. Have fun! :) hee hee.

Rosita Monzon - It’s a beautiful photo too.

Mike Pollan - Nice…

Patrick Downs - Shooting all available? The light looks decent at least, thankfully.

Brian Di Croce - Can you freelense Obama for us?

Nathan Mitchell - yeah man, Souza is something else! Good luck!

Bill Duffany - Man, Ryan; you just go from high power couple to high power couple… Congrats! We’re thrilled for you and honored to know you. Can’t wait to see your work!

timothy Ryan - Proud of you Ryan! I’m from Dannemora! Was friends with your Mom and uncle Mike! Tim

Fabrice Drevon - Such an honor indeed!
Big big fan of Obama.

Rebecca and Varun (D600 Review Coming Soon!)

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I’ve had the findings I need to review the Nikon D600 for a month, but I’ve been (not so) patiently awaiting the software I like to use to update to support files from the camera. Alas, this hasn’t happened yet, but I will listen to those of you who have clamored to hear more about it.

One big plus for it — it didn’t freeze up at all while shooting this 47-image panorama, while the D800 would have locked up several times from all that data coming in too fast.

Camera: Nikon D600
Lens: Lens: 47-image “Brenizer method” panorama with the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G (equivalent of 28mm f/0.45 according to Brett’s calculator)

Daniel Miller - Beautiful! greyscale+[sepia]tone and crop to 8×10.. you could almost swear it was taken with a large format field camera.

Alejandro Rivera - Marisela Salas de Portillo mire esta foto….. puede ver que el fondo es bastante grande y desemfocado?

Allen Collier - Hey Ryan My stitches seem to always be >1GB in size and about 150MP. is this a problem for you? must say though its some innovative thinking on your part, love the look.

Jeffrey Palmer - No matter how many times I see you use this technique, the results are always amazing. Another wonderful capture!

Matt Islam - I am hanging on between the D600 and D800 and I have to make a call to get one within the week…..please tell me your review is due in soon because I really really put weight to your recommendations…..mind sharing what you thought? Will it make you go Nikon? Is Nikon your primary camera brand now?

Reyner - Hi Ryan.
I’m wondering, what’s your preferred raw software?
I love the colours and all the fine details on your pictures.
Where and how do you “cook” the raw files to get them as we see?
Thank you very much for sharing and inspiring.

cmratu - superb, i like it so much.. just learn this brenizer method..