JASON ATEN | MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHER

Barak Obama in Lansing, MI

I had the opportunity to shoot the Barak Obama visit to Lansing, MI for a stock image agency yesterday, so I did.  While I'm not a democrat, and this wasn't political for me - it was still a pretty cool event.  I'll say that Obama's supporters are very, very high-energy.


City of Lansing Mayor Virg Benero.


US Congressman John Conyers


Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm


US Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow


Sen. Obama being introduced by a local business owner.


Sen. Obama begins his speech.



There was quite a crowd for this speech.


The press was given two locations to shoot from.  One was from the back center of the room for straight shots, and the other is a "cut riser" on stage left (the right of the room for the audience) to get this type of shot.  Notice how there are people strategically placed on the side of the room under a huge American flag.  Every detail is staged at these types of events :)

It was fun, but it made for a very long day.  There was A LOT of security.  More than I can even remember for hearing then-President Clinton speak in Chicago years ago at a conference I was at.