I understand that you want to be on the sidelines. I understand you want pictures of your daughter playing soccer. I understand that you want to justify purchasing $3000 worth of camera equipment to your wife. But understand this: if you want to act like a professional, you need to behave like a professional.
There are certain rules that you must adhere to in order to be on the sidelines. The lines on the field are there for the safety of the players, coaches and referees. When you cross over that line you are directly in the playable area. Referees run through this area. Players will dive into this area to save the ball from going out of bounds. This is not a safe place to be.
And lastly, you have to wear shoes on the sidelines. I’m not sure what gave you the idea that this acceptable but it is not. Please dress accordingly.
© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011
After 2 days, only one of the schools in our coverage area had a grappler in the finals. Conifer High School’s Travis Himmelman wrestled Valor Christian High School’s Torey Welch in the Class 4A 145lbs final match. Much to my surprise (sarcasm) Himmelman, with a 37-1 record going into state, once again destroyed the competition and claimed a third state title in 4 years. It made for some good pictures and probably the cover of the High Timber Times this week.
Not everything was good throughout the weekend though. An increasing trend seems to be credentialing MWCs (moms with cameras) to state events. The sidelines were extremely crowded during the finals. Although I have only covered state wrestling for 4 years, I have never seen as many photographers as I did this year. I actually overheard “I’m just a mom with a camera,” that proved my suspicions about the number of “media” at the event. I saw at least 20 people that fell into the MWC category last night. It’s starting to become a problem.
There is an increasing trend in photography. Its called “mom with camera” or “dad with camera”. A lot of pro photogs are up in arms about losing business to these type of amateurs. When I see the people above, I don’t really worry about it. The images above are a selection of some of the many “MWCs” and DWCs” I saw at the Dave Sanders Invitational. They all fit the same profile: 200mm lens with a monopod. I don’t think that I have ever put a 200mm lens on a monopod. Ok, so that’s not true. I put the Canon 200mm f1.8 lens on a monopod but it does weigh 6.6 lbs. My personal favorite is the tye-dye Rush t-shirt. I have to add one of those to my wardrobe.