Of the many, many events I photographed during my newspaper career, graduations are the most fun.
The degree of fun or fun factor is directly proportional to how cooperative my subjects are about being photographed.
To date no one has ever objected to me taking their picture at a graduation because it is always a happy affair.
So on one end of the spectrum is graduations, a close second is sporting events but can you guess what is on the other end?
Taking pictures inside the courtroom of defendants in criminal cases and breaking news events where family members are grieving.
Those camera-in-court assignments are often a cat-and-mouse game where the defendant’s attorney will try every trick in the book to prevent me from doing my job even after the judge signed the petition for me to take pictures for the newspaper.
Every June, I’ve been fortunate to be asked to photograph at least one graduation at UC Riverside.
This year at the School of Business commencement, I found as I did last year, the number of cameras outnumbered the thousands in attendance.
Mind you, I didn’t even count the iPads and iPhones.
I did notice it was getting harder and harder to tell apart the folks like me who were working or ‘covering the event’ and those who were there to photograph their loved ones.
Many had high end DSLRs and expensive long lenses.
Some were even toting Canon’s line of white “L” lenses.
I tend not to stand in one spot for too long.
The obvious reason being I don’t want to called the idiot who thinks he’s the Invisible Man.
The other more important reason is by walking around, I maximize the chances of finding good moments to capture.
At the end of the day, I want to be sure I have as much variety of images as possible and that only happens when you walk around.
In case you didn’t see what I shot last year , take a look at UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences graduation and look at the virtual reality picture I embedded at the bottom of that post.