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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 08:13am EST

Today we are releasing the new official portrait for President Barack Obama.It was taken by Pete Souza, the newly-announced official White House photographer.It is the first time that an official presidential portrait was taken with a digital camera. That means we can peek at the EXIF data — this fine specimen of portraiture was snapped with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II on January 13th, 2009 at 5:38 pm with no flash, using a 105mm lens stopped to f/10 at a 1/125 exposure, with an ISO of 100 by newly crowned official White House photographer Pete Souza.

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1 Response to “official portrait”


  1. January 19, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    This photograph by “the official White House photographer of our new president just plain sucks. A Wal-Mart button pusher could have done better. It is bland, uninspired and not artistic. The photographer has captured the worst expression on Obama’s face I have seen. He looks like he just sucked a lemon. The background is almost as evocative as the one they use for your passport shot. However, if one looks carefully you can barely make out the presidential flag hiding behind the stars and stripes, again a poorly used cliche prop. Ditto the “flag pin”. So NOW he wears it. It seems to me that Barack chose this shot because of it’s lack of artistry, the fact that it DOES NOT INSPIRE! That’s cause he is freaked out by all of the adulation heaped on him and he knows he can’t live up to the expectations that he will fix our sick economy overnight and give peace on earth.
    However, the photographer of VA’s first lady Gov’ner in front of the capital did a good job.


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