Shhh! Don’t Tell Anyone You Saw These Photos

Last Saturday evening, my husband and I went to an Angels game.

The Angels were playing the Dodgers (big rivals!), and we were fortunate enough to have front row seats.  We were also privy to a parking pass (worth ten times its weight in gold!) and had reservations to enjoy dinner in the exclusive Diamond Club.

Yeah baby, we were hobnobbing with the rich and famous for the night.

As you know, we're a big "baseball family" and there are few things in life my husband enjoys more than going to an Angels game.  (I won't go into details here, as to what those things are!)

Last time I accompanied Briefcase to a game, I left my camera at home.  I didn't want to be bothered with it during the game.  I did notice, however, several people in seats around me with very nice DSLR cameras and telephoto lenses on them.  I also noticed people recording (videotaping) the game.  I made a mental note to bring my camera the next time I came.

Thus, I was surprised on Saturday to be stopped by security as I entered the stadium.  They checked my bag, as they always do, and told me I would not be able to bring in the lens I had in my backpack.  When I asked why, the security guard called over a supervisor.  The supervisor looked at my lens and told me it was "fine" and I could, indeed, take it into the stadium for photos.

Whew!

Briefcase and I had an early dinner reservation in the Diamond Club, so we went there first.  (I'll tell you more about the Diamond Club some other time.)  Once dinner was over, we made our way to our seats.  

Up to this point, I'd taken just a few photos with my (smaller) wide angle lens.

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I switched to my longer, telephoto, lens once we were seated.

Mind you, I had no intention of taking a zillion photos of the game.  I wanted to get a couple good shots to show my boys when I got home.  (Both of my sons are HUGE Angel fans!)  My goal for the night was to enjoy the game, not come home with hundreds of photos. 

Once the telephoto was on my camera, I took a few (maybe 5?) photos.  

Here is one I took of Matt Kemp (all-star outfielder) from the Dodgers.

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If you're not a baseball fan, you might know Matt Kemp as the man who was/is dating singer Rihanna.  

Anyway, my camera was just sitting on my lap, as innocent as it could be, when a security guard approached me at my seat and asked for my "media credentials."

(By the way, I'm pretty sure you have to pay for media credentials at Angel Stadium?)

I explained the security supervisor outside the stadium had okayed my lens on the way in.  I was told it had to be put away anyway "because it's grey and grey means it's a professional lens."

I must have looked befuddled as I took this information in.

(I own several "professional" lenses that are not grey, including the smaller wide angle lens I had used earlier in the evening.)

"It has a handle too," added the security guard.  "A handle definitely means it's professional, put it away."

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A handle??

Oh, a tripod collar ….!! 

Mr. Security Man did tell me I could use a "smaller lens" if I had one with me.

Well, of course I put my longer lens away.  I knew it probably wouldn't have been noticed if we weren't seated in the front row, but I certainly wasn't trying to cause problems by continuing to use it.  I also didn't point out to Mr. Security Man the woman a few seats down from me who was video-recording the entire game.  (Definitely against the rules – even I knew that much!)

I did, as you can see from the above photo, amuse myself by taking photos of Mr. Security Man with my smaller "professional" lens he had just okayed.

I also talked to Twitter about the situation and learned there are different camera restrictions at different stadiums.  Most stadiums just say "no tripods/monopods" which I can completely understand.  (People would trip on them; they would block the view of attendees.)

I also was told, the reason for camera restrictions is not for "security" but because MLB wants to control the money earned from photography.

(Apparently, I'm a threat to Sports Illustrated photographers everywhere?)

Now, don't get me wrong –

I have every intention of abiding by whatever rules the stadium has …

Even if the rules are archaic in this day and age where almost everyone has a camera on their phone.

By the way, 

The pizza guy knew a lot more about cameras than Mr. Security Man.

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He spotted my (small) wide angle lens as he was selling over priced pizza to someone near me.

"That's an amazing lens!" he exclaimed excitedly.

It turns out his wife is a camera buff and he's learned to appreciate a good lens.

With my "smaller" lens mounted on my camera, I got some spectacular different shots.

For example, here is one of Jered Weaver (amazing pitcher) with sunbeams shining down on him from the grandstands.

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It was as if he was in the spotlight – and as an all-star pitcher, he was.

As the sun dropped below the grandstands, this became even more apparent.

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(In case you're wondering, I love my 24mm lens.  So sharp!)

In spite of the camera debacle, it was a great game and a wonderful evening.  We had a lot of fun.

I, especially, have to tip my hat to Jered Weaver.

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The man is truly an amazing pitcher!

P.S.  Dear Angel Stadium:  You really should reconsider your  stupid   archaic  rules on the use of cameras/lenses.  Thank you, Your Devoted Fan.

P.P.S.  Dear Jered Weaver:  If you'd like a copy of the cool photo I took of you pitching, I'd be happy to sell you one.  HA HA!!  Just kidding  MLB  Jered!

© Twenty Four At Heart

11 Responses to “Shhh! Don’t Tell Anyone You Saw These Photos”

  1. Di

    sports… they’re just about the money these days.

  2. Linda P

    Maybe they ought to get all their security people together and hand out written rules so when the security guy at the gate OK’s your lens the security guy inside will do the same.
    Great shots BTW. Looks like it was a beautiful day for a ballgame:)

  3. Jan

    LOVE these shots, so nyah! Mr. Uptight Security Guard.
    Seriously, though, you can tell you’ve spent a bit of time photographing sports games; these are professional quality, even the ones taken with the prime.

  4. Missy

    I think the Jared Weaver photo with the sunbeams looks like something from the movie “The Natural”. It just has a kind a mystical quality to it. You will also note I commented about it the other night on Twitter! You know I’m a fan of your photography!

  5. Tami

    Your photos ARE amazing!
    Maybe Sports Illustrated SHOULD hire you! : )

  6. Jack @ TheJackB

    The Angels are my second favorite team, even if like all AL teams use a D.H. But their coaches are almost all ex-Dodgers so they gain a little credibility.
    Those shots are great- there is a good chance that Matt Kemp might get the MVP this season. We shall see.

  7. stacy

    Hi Suzanne: it’s Stacy from PT. Stupid question but how did you get just the hat to have color?

  8. Neeroc

    I think I’d made a comment on one of your posts or pics about the policy up here, and I just went to check it out – they’ve changed it again! The arena is now not allowing any still cameras with the option of detachable lenses. Which, if you think about it, technically could include iPhones. I hate stupid policies.

  9. Sandra

    Great shots! I’m not a baseball fan but I can appreciate there are many fans out there. Were your kids impressed with what you showed them?

  10. Elly

    Hi, I left a comment yesterday and you deleted it – how come? That’s not a good way to keep new readers around 🙁

  11. angels fan

    Here is what I found about the photos (http://mlb.mlb.com/ana/ballpark/information/index.jsp?content=guide):
    Cameras:
    Still photography and hand-held video cameras for personal use are allowed in the ballpark. Per MLB restrictions game action cannot be recorded. Professional photography equipment, cameras with lenses larger than four inches and camera support pods are not permitted. Please be courteous to those around you when taking pictures. Please do not stand at the bottom of an aisle to take pictures.

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