Ok, I didn't swipe it, and here is why!
A private concert during Sundance in Park City Utah, starring the one and only 50-Cent is absolutely a red carpet affair. It was my first week ever shooting at a red carpet and some of the veteran photographers literally had travelled from all across the world to be there. Many of them were very nice about teaching me the etiquette and dos and don'ts, but they also made fun of my equipment. Something about how my QuickDraw Rotating Flash Bracket from B&H was what you'd find from a wedding photographer, not a hollywood red carpet photographer. Most of them were using something much more like this Quickshot Rotating Flash Bracket. Not quite as bulky as the design I was using, which is important when you're literally jammed into a small space shoulder to shoulder. I still took the opportunity to remind them that some of us were more used to much bigger, equipment.... they laughed and laughed until we got the alert that 50-cent was coming. Then it was all business.
When someone is about to walk down the red carpet the photographers get notified by the Public Relations person in charge - sometimes the notification is who the VIP is and how to spell their name, and other times it's a warning that we should NOT crowd 50 Cent because he has nine bodyguards and they WILL intervene if 50 Cent is crowded.
Good to know, thanks for the heads up. Why anyone needs 9 bodyguards in Utah is beyond me, but I shot the image of 50 Cent and watched him get interviewed by E-TV right next me, and sure enough, a couple bodyguards were shoulder to shoulder with him during the whole interview.
Even though we weren't warned about it I tried not to make eye contact with any of his security personnel, I just tried to act casual... but when you're trying to act casual you start feeling suspicious, at least I do, so then I started worrying that I looked suspicious. Then I thought to myself, "Why should I feel suspicious, it's not like I'm going to try and rob 50 Cent..." But then I noticed his watch and for a split second I thought to myself, "I wonder how much that watch would weigh me down if I started running with it." And then I realized that if I was wearing a watch like that around town I'd want some bodyguards too... and come to think of it, I'm pretty sick and tired of people crowding me.
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Photographer Jake Garn