People gathered in front of the White House on Monday to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.
Sunday night President Obama, speaking from the East Room of the White House, told the nation that the United States attacked a compound Sunday in Pakistan’s Abbottabad Valley. During a firefight, the U.S. team killed bin Laden, and took custody of his body in what Obama called “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaeda.”
I went to the White House Monday morning to see if anything was going on and found a few images. Mostly just tourists and school tours posing with the Washington Post front page.
After having lunch and transmitting the morning take to ZUMA, I went back to see if there was anything else. Glad I did since I was able to get a couple of images that I liked better than the ones I got in the morning.
Before heading home, I decided to try and make a photo across the river in the Rosslyn area of Arlington. There is a news ticker similar to to one in Times Square that I figured would have the news and maybe there would be a photo there. It turned out to be nothing exciting.
Later, in the early evening, I went back to D.C. to see if I could make some photos at the Newseum. They have a display out front that has front pages of newspapers from across the United States. The night shots are much better there than if I had tried it during the day.
Finally, I made one last trip the the White House to see if there was any action. Once again, I was happy I did. I made a couple of nice photos of a guy just standing in front of the fence with an American flag wrapped around him.
Overall it was an interesting day. I just tried to be patient and make some interesting images to reflect a news event without being in Pakistan or at ground zero in New York.