Monday, August 02, 2010
Pix from Netroots Nation
I am, it appears, a terrible photographer. At least, a terrible photographer with my new digital camera while indoors.
My usual photographic subject in the past has been landscape, but there was none of that to be seen at the Rio last month during Netroots Nation.
From the 50 or 60 (or more?) shots I tried to take in Las Vegas, I’ve selected six for this posting. I think you’ll see my point about bad photography.
We’ll start with the “rock star” I mentioned in my previous report from the scene at NN ... Elizabeth Warren. She was really difficult to photograph, because she was constantly and rapidly pacing back and forth across the stage. Next to her is my Dartmouth ‘72 classmate, Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH-02). Paul is running for the Senate this year, trying to move that seat from the dark side to the Democrats. It was the first time we’d seen each other since graduating.
Instead of attending Nancy Pelosi’s session on Saturday morning, I joined a small group of Pacific Northwest bloggers for a sit-down with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. On the left below is a (I hate to say it) very unflattering picture of the Senator greeting Portlander Carla Axtman while DailyKos frontpager (and Seattlite) Joan McCarter beams. Across from that photo is, of course, Senator Al Franken (D-MN). I took that photo while attending a reception, featuring the Senator immediately after his closing keynote address, that was run by the Nevada Democratic Party.
Finally, another shot of Senator Franken at the reception, along with a picture of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. He was attending the Franken reception. What I find interesting about O’Donnell’s presence is that there was never the slightest note taken of him at the meeting. He didn’t speak, didn’t participate in a panel. As far as I can tell, he may have been in Las Vegas only for the Franken reception.
Are you convinced as to my poor photographic skills? Believe me, these are the best of ‘em. Just imagine how bad the others were.