We are living in Washington at present, so went to Obama’s inauguration, arriving well before the 11:30am start.
“We” being this Australian-Italian-Indian-Venezuelan-American crew (the Australian part not visible due to being the photographer):
There were plenty who arrived even earlier,
and many more who arrived later,
with various strategies for passing the four hour wait.
There were of course men in black in the shadows
and lots of other places
This is the first time that the crowd got excited …
… which was for a sighting on the Jumbotron of Beyoncé, who judging by crowd responses, was rivaled for second most popular person present only by Bill Clinton.
I carried a 300mm lens in the hope of getting photos of events on the stage, and this, I promise, is the resulting photograph of Obama giving his inauguration speech
but of course the best way to photograph the events was like this
Or like this: