He hit me where it hurt
I let my emotions get the best of me at the Strut this year when some surly spectator put down my camera for being "too little." You know, over the years, I would be concerned about using a little Lumix digital camera at events, so I would bring out the big guns on occasion - my large-lens Nikon. But I always hated it. I wasn't using it often so I wasn't used to it, and so many times when I would go get the shot I would be pushing the "off" button at the crucial shot, rather than pressing the shutter and I would miss shots. Plus, I didn't like the feel of it or the bulk and it would always pound me in the chest as I ran around. And it was annoying to carry around all day before and after an event, where sometimes I am out there for six to eight hours.
|Me with my little Lumix.|
So when this spectator at the parade came over to tell me that I was blocking his shots, which I can fully respect, as it happens to me at other events, I understood, but I didn't like his attitude and rudeness, I go out of my way to keep out of people's way and the parade had not even started yet, so I wasn't in anybody's way.
I had told him I was allowed to be there and I was taking photos for publication, and he said, "With that little thing?" and that's when my camera insecurities kicked in. He hit me where it hurt, I felt insecure after that remark. I'm not sure why, the end result is the same, but it seems that the thing is to have the biggest lens out there as you run around the event. At least that's what the other guys do. But honestly, other than the Herald and New Times, I don't know where these other photos are appearing with all these photographers out there. I never see them published.
And I have taken to using my iphone most often these days, so taking out my little Lumix was a step up for me, rather than a step down. But I just thought it was interesting how his one comment really hit me where it hurt, I don't know why, as it's so stupid. The end product is what counts - my end product is in the Grapevine, the Huffington Post, often in the Miami Herald and shared by hundreds on Facebook, I think that's pretty good for a "small thing." I took the FAM Night photos with my iPhone this past Saturday. It's less intrusive and does the job.
All that day during the Strut, rather than block the complaining guy and the other spectators, I sort of blocked the parade itself, because I stood right in the center of the street and I ran in and out of the marchers. But I think the photos came out good with my little Lumix, what do you think?
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