Staszek wrote in post #17056900
I agree, I have more fun when I bring my camera to a game as well... and when I'm paid to be there. However, when I'm paying
for a seat, I'd rather watch, eat, drink, and cheer with my friends.
And that's just where we're different. You have more fun sitting and cheering with your friends. I have more fun doing that AND taking photos at the same time.
I agree that I would have a blast shooting a game on the sidelines, with professional equipment, and would definitely enjoy getting paid to do it! I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon (unless you want to put in a good word for me somewhere ).
I've been in this discussion in this forum before. I pretty much already knew that you were a professional, since they are the ones that are usually saying, "Leave your camera at home and just enjoy the game." Now, I can't judge your motivation in saying this. It is entirely possible that you personally are just interested in the happiness of a fellow POTN member. However, in the past, I've gotten the idea from other professionals that they simply want a monopoly on images of professional games. Well, we both know that my images with the sx50 from the top row are sub-par to your images. I know that going in to the ball park. I'm not trying to sell my images to Sports Illustrated. I'm making memories. I'm also, in my opinion, displaying some pretty good talent as a photographer. That makes me happy too!
Now, back to the "Leave your camera at home" discussion. Can you imagine Moose Peterson saying to me, "When you go to Yellowstone, you should just leave your camera at home and enjoy the scenery."
One more Memory -- 1992 NLCS, Sid Bream and "The Slide" For those that don't know it, google it. I believe it is still ranked as one of the top 5 plays in MLB history. There's a young guy sitting in the left field upper deck, with a cheap nikon and an even cheaper no-name 70-200. It is film days, and he's down to his last few shots. He watches the play through his viewfinder. He takes the photo at somewhere around 1 FPS. No chimping back then! He had to wait until the film got developed the next day. He was obviously me, and this framed photo is my most treasured souvenir of all time. Talk about having fun! That celebration was insane. There are much better photos of the slide. But this is what I saw. This is My Memory.