A conversation I had yesterday at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics in Anchorage Alaska (as I sat with my family):

Lady (sternly): “Did you register at the press table?”

Me: “No”

Lady: “All press has to register”

Me: “I’m not press” (I didn’t think LeggNet’s Digital Capture would warrant credentials)

Lady: “You’re not press??”

Me: “Nope, I’m just a guy here with my family”

Lady: “You’re not going to sell these pictures are you?”

Me: “No. I’m just on vacation with my family”

Lady: “Uh… okay”

Me (a bit miffed): “Thanks. I just missed the event I wanted to see”

Lady (sarcastically): “There’ll be more (walks while muttering something about my big camera)

Stranger next to me (with her point & shoot camera): “I can’t believe she stood in front of me and blocked my view. I really wanted a picture of that event”

Me: “I’m sorry ma’am”

I guess this is one of the hidden benefits of shooting with nice gear, especially a long white lens on a large camera body. I don’t think I’d have had the same conversation if I had been using my G7.

Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/4, ISO 1000