Comments on: …where will it all end? What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: Vivek Prakash Fri, 25 Apr 2008 10:58:02 +0000 I was waiting for Christopher Hill’s briefing to start in the lobby of a hotel near the U.S. embassy in Singapore. I knew that Jennifer had gone down to the North Korean ambassador’s house for a stakeout – knowing that if there were any murmurs of an appearance by the elusive North Korean negotiator Kim Kye-gwan, she would inform both her text colleagues and us.

As it turned out, things happened very quickly, and by the time we got wind of the fact that Kim would appear in front of the gates, the event was almost over. There was a panic in the lobby of the hotel as South Korean and Japanese media also received word of the sudden appearance, but everyone soon resigned themselves to not making it in time, as the residence was around 30 minutes away and there was no way any of us would make it before the doorstop ended.

I felt disappointed that I missed an opportunity to picture Kim, as our picture clients would have rather seen a few frames of him instead of Christopher Hill who we had already pictured the previous day. In retrospect, maybe I should have been standing in front of those gates all along, waiting for Kim’s car to turn up, rather than in a hotel lobby, waiting for Christopher Hill’s car to turn up.

In the last few minutes of Hill’s news conference, I started downloading pictures from my cards to my laptop. As the presser finished and I was sending my first picture from the event, Jennifer tapped me on the shoulder and said something like “I have pictures of him, do you want to see them?”

“You’re joking!! Really?!?” I blurted out as I took a thumb drive from her and copied the pictures to my laptop. I dropped what I was doing, as these pictures were more important and had to be sent to the desk first. As I looked quickly through Jennifer’s take and found 3 frames that could be cropped down to make pictures we could use on the wire. I thought her pictures of the tabby walking in front of the North Koreans were funny, but with the people being a bit blurry weren’t really sharp enough.

I checked with Jen and the other agencies that were at the hotel and found out no one else had been there to snap Kim at the residence – only reporters and Japanese and South Korean TV cameras – Jen had just given us exclusive pictures of an elusive character, all thanks to a canon powershot s5 she was carrying with her.

By: Paul M. Verhagen Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:29:47 +0000 You go, Jen!