Heed the Gavel
This was taken at an Insurance Professionals Conference where we were invited to cover the event. This is typically 2 to 3 intense days of Journalistic Photography, some selective Portrait work and Professional Headshots. The fun starts at 8AM and typically does not end until around 11PM. Over the years we have fine tuned our techniques, upgraded gear and are progressively achieving the high standards that we set for ourselves and what the Clients want. In between the Journalistic coverage, we like to take pictures of the myriad of cool things that are brought to such an event, such as this Gavel at the Head Panel Table. I can still hear the sharp report of this device as meeting adjudicators started, intervened and stopped proceedings! Now a bit about this device!
A gavel is a small ceremonial mallet commonly made of hardwood, typically fashioned with a handle and often struck against a sound block to enhance its sounding qualities. It is a symbol of the authority and right to act officially in the capacity of a Chair or presiding officer. It is used to call for attention or to punctuate rulings and proclamations. It is customarily struck to indicate the opening (call to order), keep the meeting itself calm and orderly, and the closing of proceedings, giving rise to the phrase gavel-to-gavel to describe the entirety of a meeting or session. It is also used by judges in the courts of some countries and by auctioneers to signal a sale.