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http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/01/this-is-the-gear-used-to-take-obamas-new-official-portrait/

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    Aperture: f/7.1
    Shutter Speed: 1/125
    ISO: 200
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013, 02:11:37 PM »
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Thanks. This is FAR superior to the last one. In that, lint was visible on the jacket -- just looked like a rush job.

Nice to see he's got a 5D3 and fine portrait lens now.
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013, 02:52:05 PM »
Nice shot and interesting post.
About a couple of months ago I saw a documentary (can't remember if it was Discovery or NatGeo or History channel) about the President's photographer ... apparently the photographer takes photos of the president all day long and he is not permitted to delete even a single photo, even if it is a crappy shot. 
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 03:16:07 PM »
Fun tidbits. Thanks for sharing. I generally love Pete Souza's work.

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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2013, 04:21:13 PM »
85L at 7.1. What a waste!!!
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2013, 05:06:38 PM »
85L at 7.1. What a waste!!!

If he went down to f1.2 the background would be putty with zero possibility of seeing the flag etc... This is not an exercise in how to get the most bokeh...but to document the president with some national symbols in the background...With even f/7+ it is blurry but i guess he wanted the prez to stand out while still being able to get a sense of the flag and the background.

Any L lens portrait prime such as 85 or 50L or even cheapo non-L portrait primes wide open would have had the same issue...even stopped down to f/4. If he has to stop down, might as well use the best he has...after all he is photographing the president. :)
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2013, 05:13:59 PM »
85L at 7.1. What a waste!!!

If he went down to f1.2 the background would be putty with zero possibility of seeing the flag etc... This is not an exercise in how to get the most bokeh...but to document the president with some national symbols in the background...With even f/7+ it is blurry but i guess he wanted the prez to stand out while still being able to get a sense of the flag and the background.

Any L lens portrait prime such as 85 or 50L or even cheapo non-L portrait primes wide open would have had the same issue...even stopped down to f/4. If he has to stop down, might as well use the best he has...after all he is photographing the president. :)

I agree.  F/7.1 is an excellent choice here.  Every aperture is useful.  Which is right depends on how you want to draw the picture.

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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2013, 05:13:59 PM »

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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2013, 05:16:00 PM »
Yeah, my point is he should have been using the 70-200 II.
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2013, 05:29:53 PM »
Yeah, my point is he should have been using the 70-200 II.

Still lost...why especially 70-200 II ?  So he can poke everyone with the huge white barrel? This occasion doesn't call for a zoom...especially such a huge zoom...the president is not a telephoto subject moving around like a bird needing zooming or IS... it is a posed portrait.

He made the right choice with the stubby reliable prime.
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2013, 05:35:46 PM »

If he went down to f1.2 the background would be putty with zero possibility of seeing the flag etc... This is not an exercise in how to get the most bokeh...but to document the president with some national symbols in the background...With even f/7+ it is blurry but i guess he wanted the prez to stand out while still being able to get a sense of the flag and the background.


Exactly.

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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2013, 05:52:50 PM »
I'm just jealous I can't afford the 85L, but can get the exact same shot with my 70-200 L f/4....
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2013, 05:53:36 PM »
And wouldn't have to worry about messing up focus on the president.
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2013, 06:11:17 PM »
You think they would have taken the phone off the desk!?   ;D :o
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2013, 06:25:56 PM »
You think they would have taken the phone off the desk!?   ;D :o

It would have been cleaner and more balanced with that stuff off the desk. But maybe they wanted some imbalance, or to make a point. Who knows.
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Re: FYI: This Is The Gear Used To Take Obama’s New Official Portrait
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2013, 06:37:57 PM »
White balance a bit cold I think.
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