Today’s photo of the day is the opening face-off for the third period of Monday night’s Blackhawk’s game at Joe Louis Arena. It’s a hand held HDR image. (High Dynamic Range – combining the darks and lights of several different photos.) I thought I’d use this one today since it goes along with something I have to say.
My brother, who lives in the Detroit area got tickets to Monday’s game. I went to the game with my Dad and my two boys ages 6 and 9. I took my camera bag with some moderately long lenses. Upon arriving at Joe Louis Arena we saw signs posted that lenses over 80mm are not allowed, now we are parked several blocks away so we decide to test the rule. Once they opened the doors I think they were more concerned that somebody might get a decent photograph than sneak in some actual threat to safety. Every security guard that saw a camera wanted to know how long the lens was. I was forced to check my bag at the information desk were the lady that took me there was at least nice enough to blame the rule on the media. I can only imagine that this rule is to protect the “professional” photographers that work the games. They are afraid that someone might take a better photo than their’s and sell it taking money out of their pockets. The other possibility, I noticed there was a booth selling photographs taken of various Redwing hockey players in action. Now you need to remember that these professional photographers are given special passes and access to areas that the average fan is not. They have special shooting areas around the glass, they are allowed in the locker rooms, and they have access to high powered flash systems built into the stadium itself. That’s not even including the fact that they are transmitting their photos to the newspapers and blogs before the game is even over.
I’m sorry about the rant, but I feel very strongly about this. That rule really made my trip to Joe Louis Arena something less than a pleasant experience. Professional photographers today need to grow up and deal with the amateur. The more they complain about the equipment the less special they make themselves.