History lesson

Obama selfiePresident Barack Obama made a historic visit to North Dakota on Friday.

He went to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, just the third sitting president in 80 years to visit a reservation, and the first since Bill Clinton in 1999.

I was pleasantly surprised when my managers here and the White House approved the Williston Herald to cover the event, and even happier when I had the chance to learn a lot of things from the AP photographer there.

Last time I covered President Obama was 2009 and the event was rained out. It was just a speaking event, so the photo opportunities were somewhat limited. This time it wasn’t. I found a good spot on the riser after the president and first lady Michelle Obama arrived and shot from there.

My image of the day came when a Native American dancer stopped in front of the first couple before beginning his dance and took a selfie. My position required a slight move left to be one of maybe a handful of photographers with the angle on Michelle. I had to crop it down tighter since I had the 70-200 on my full frame, but it’s easily my favorite frame.

Overall it was a fantastic experience, and more importantly, one where I learned a great deal. Those are always the best.

© 2014 Jerry Burnes/Williston Herald

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