Pete Souza Photographs President Obama’s First Official Portrait

Newly appointed White House photographer Pete Souza has snapped the first official portrait of President Obama which was released on Thursday.

It is a strong image that captures both Obama’s quiet intensity and focused gaze, a depth of kindness in his eyes, and a slightly upturned mouth that, while not quite a smile, manages to convey warmth and assuredness.

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Obama Official Portrait

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The first portrait of President Obama has officially been released. It’s the first portrait of a President taken by a digital camera. The EXIF data says that the picture was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, probably one owned by the White House’s newly appointed photographer Pete Souza. The shot was taken 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.

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