The Presidential Monsoon

Some opportunities only come around once in a lifetime. Monday, was one of those as President Barack Obama was speaking at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL; about 15 minutes north of Wilmington.

I was very excited at the chance to not only photograph a president, but one of the most famous presidents in U.S. history. In the same sense, how many times in my life would I get to photograph a president?

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate. As the National Anthem wrapped up the winds shifted as Obama took stage and blew the storm back toward the cemetery.

As Obama spoke, the monsoon began and the president canceled the ceremony because of safety concerns, citing the crowd in an open field with lightening around (not a bad call at all).

So I had about 30 seconds to get photos of the president, which essentially was holding trigger down and let my 7 fps (frames per second) take over.

The rain stunk but was worth it. I came away with some good shots and some that, because of the intense rain, need some love to reach their potential.

All in all, an awesome day of heat, rain, wetness, and cold.

And some guy named Obama, too.

© 2010 Jerry Burnes/Free Press Newspapers

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