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10
Nov
10

election night

America Decides 2010.  America Votes 2010.  Indecision 2010. Whatever you called it last week, it was exciting in an election kind of way.  For photographers and reporters around the country, that meant gathering mounds and mounds of results information or running around town going to election parties photographing candidates, who, depending on whether they are winning or losing, can be great or horrible to shoot.  Lets just say the loser tends to run late to their own party, making it hard on a reporter or photographer working on a tight deadline.

And because of these deadlines, the night ends up being an exercise in grabbing what you can, until something better comes along – a ‘hurry up and wait’ sort of situation.   As a result, election nights tend to rise in excitement until the very end, when everything happens at once and the desk wants photos five minutes ago.  I remember my first election night, I was stressing out because I wanted to get THE shot, but I was running up against deadline.  It was a crash course in learning to make as many pictures as you can, as safety shots, and transmit as fast as possible.  This way the desk has at least something of the candidate.  Then you wait for the decisive moment, when the election is called.  Of course, there’s always a small chance you’re busy at your computer when the candidate fist pumps after winning – at which point you’re screwed, but that hasn’t happened yet, thanks in part to the ability to keep track of results online as I’m toning photos.  Hopefully that will never happen. 

So, in many ways, shooting election night is like shooting night sports.  Decisive moments, safe shots, looming deadlines, horrible lighting conditions – I’m sure there are more similarities.  And I guess that’s why I like the two so much.  The photo conditions are some of the hardest we face in daily work, so it’s that much more rewarding when you’re able to get a nice picture from it.

-RAE

www.rainier-ehrhardt.com

Deke Copenhaver, left, and his wife Malisa, campaign as they wait at a traffic light on Walton Way, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.

Sheila Stahl, right, looks on as Katelyn Gibbs, left, and Gabby Benton use campaign signs to pretend fight as they show their support for candidates at the intersection of Milledge Road and Walton Way, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver, right, and supporters cheer as they hear election results at Polka Dot Pig restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver uses a laptop to watch election results at Polka Dot Pig restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver acknowledges his supporters after he was declared the winner in the mayoral race, at Polka Dot Pig restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.