Covering the Trump presidency; AP photographer sees the shot

“This is an amazing time to be covering news in Washington, D.C.,” AP Photographer Pablo Martinez Monsivais said.

“Just when I thought I’ve seen it all or done it all, photos like this one happen. I’m just lucky to be part of this.”

Monsivais is the Interim Head of Photos for The Associated Press’ Washington bureau. He’s been a photojournalist for over 25 years, 20 of those with the AP.


Members of the media are reflected in the eye of President Donald Trump as he answers questions on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

How did you get this shot?

I was part of the media pool, which includes print, TV, radio and photo representatives that cover president’s scheduled departure. As we now know, Trump typically uses this opportunity to do Q&As with reporters and will answers questions on the news of the day.

How many times have you been in this situation?

Countless times. I have been covering the White House since President Bill Clinton’s administration.

What stood out to you about this image?

Honestly, I was surprised the photo came out and that you could see everyone (reflected in his eyes). I couldn’t even see the back of my camera to review the image because of the sunlight. When I got into position I realized just how challenging it was going to be getting a usable image because I was shooting up and into the sun. Add to this Trump moving back and forth while answering questions.

Did you go in to the situation with the idea?

I had no idea. I was more concerned about getting a usable image for the wire.

President Donald Trump walks over to begin speaking to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

What’s the biggest challenge in covering the White House beat?

Keeping up with all the news that comes out of the White House, and also being ready for all the surprises from this administration. I can honestly say that as a photographer this is the most access I’ve ever had and I’ve had plenty of ‘I can’t believe that just happened’. So just being ready for what might happen is challenging.

What camera settings did you use to get this shot?

Model: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

100-400 Lens at 400mm

ISO: 500

Aperture: 5.6

Shutter: 1/800

Members of the Secret Service stand on the South Lawn of the White House as Marine One helicopter, with President Donald Trump aboard, lifts off enroute to nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a trip to Texas, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


  

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