It's March and I'm only one awards assignment behind in postings to my blog (and hey, I think I deserve a doughnut for being so close to catching up on things).
Grammy weekend was pretty cool for me. I worked one of the parties and spent a considerable amount of time in a microwave truck just around the corner of a building from the red carpet.
It's been a few years since I was last shooting celebrity arrivals. I've lost interest in it because the folks hosting these events are very serious about restricting the use of personal digital cameras.
They seem to be okay with the cell phone selfie, but don't even think about snapping a quick pic with a full sized dslr. You can also forget about bringing out the big white professional lens.
Can't really blame them. I'm not happy about the fact, but I understand.
For still photographers and the organizations that pay for spots on the carpet, this is how they make their living.
If other still shots become available from people like me, then I believe that lessens the rarity and therefore the value of shots being taken by the photographers who are there to take stills.
At least, that's what I understand.
Sure, it feels slightly less glamorous to be sitting in a truck and doing nothing except my regular job.
It also means I have fewer interesting stories to tell and fewer experiences to share with people who like following along with what I do.
Well, we aren't really in this for the glamour. Being addicted to seeing things for myself is my issue and I'd like to share stories and pictures that are interesting.
I'm okay with things the way they are and I just have to try to capture images that are interesting in themselves. I can leave the celebrities to the pro still guys and the paparazzi.
Besides, I mostly don't even know who the celebrities are anyway and wouldn't recognize one if he wandered right in front of me.
I'd appreciate it if somebody could let me know if the guy in the sparkly yellow jacket and tie is someone famous.