At several events Chinese president Xi Jinping can be photographed. I choose to sacrifice my sunday morning (summertime just started) to photograph him arriving at the Royal Palace of Belgium. King Filip and queen Mathilde attended Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife.
After shooting the obvious (we were stuck on a podium with all media, so how to make something special out of this?) I freed myself and went photographing the crowd. Many Chinese living or studying in Brussels gathered here to wave their flags or to dance some traditional dances. (and sing like the wife of the president used to do)
Well, at least these pictures are colorful and bright. Of course the media did not use them (yet) because the most interesting info on his visit is the president in Pairi Daiza, visiting his Pandas…..
No, that just wasn’t possible. Ok, at the European Commission I could get a few meters from him. Though it was no more than a talking head, I stayed focused on his gestures, smiles, eyes and expressions for the entire press conference, ending up with a nice series of portraits.
Probably just like the 50 other photographers in the room.
Some of them send there pictures right to their picture editor, who will select the best one and fill in all iptc information.
I don’t do that. I am a slow photojournalist.
Shooting all this in RAW makes me get home with a lot of footage. With my cup of coffee in one hand I select the best images using Photo Mechanics,
and will do a little postproduction in Adobe Lightroom.
From there I also add the precise details in the caption and then I finally can deliver my images to my agency, or I send it directly to the papers and magazines.
Now I need to find a photoeditor who doesn’t choose the first or cheapest picture of the event, but an editor looking for a high quality picture of the event, with bright colors and interesting composition.
I only get updates of my agency once a month, so it will take about 5 weeks until I know they have sold one picture. And a lot of times really nothing is sold while all agencies have about the same pictures.
at least I end up with some nice pics for my pf.
At the last ‘blijde intrede’, a tour where the new Belgian Royals King Philippe and queen Mathilde visit all provinces of Belgium, last but not least they visited Brussels.
Every now and then I photograph royalty too (it is the best selling subject worldwide, helas) and this time I was there too, on this rainy day.
As there are so many other photographers too, I tried to focus un the surroundings and hidden moments of the day.
This situation reminded me of Tin Tin’s Janssen and Janssen.
Carpark of the royal family is surreal
In the Netherlands there is this discussion of Zwarte Pieten, but here in Brussel I see them all around…
O yes, I shot the royals themselves too, peeking through a window from cityhall, not so happy with the weather I guess.