I wasn’t able to get a photo credential to the show, but I didn’t really try, either. My efforts were limited to a desperate Hail Mary attempt on Twitter the night before. Surprisingly, a Wiggles publicist responded, letting me know that the Wiggles shows are camera friendly, so it wouldn’t be a problem. Oh, and Anthony seems to have shaved his head on tour and we haven’t seen that back in Australia yet, so if you get a pic of that, could you pass it over?
I love Twitter.
Not that I didn’t believe her, but we all know the hassles of concert security these days. Looking on IZODCenter.com, the home page for the concert venue, I saw that cameras which were “small” and “nonprofessional” were allowed in. Technically, Canon doesn’t think my camera is professional-level, nor is any of my glass of the white variety of “L” lens. (I am not eligible for Canon Professional Services on any level, so I proudly claim amateur status here.)
I hedged my bets and attached my tiny 50mm lens to the front of my camera, took off the battery grip to make it smaller, and slung it around my neck to get through the front gates. I couldn’t look like more of a point-and-shoot father that way.
The funny thing is, the concert had NO security. Maybe they didn’t want to waste time searching all those diaper bags coming through the door. (I hid my telephoto zoom lens at the bottom of the diaper bag.) Maybe they figure it’s a small kids’ concert, so who’d want to bother?
I’m not sure whether to be grateful for this, or scared, to tell you the truth.
But I was able to attach my long lens, sit back in my seat, and take pics through the whole concert without anyone looking at me twice. At one point, I think Anthony was pointing at me, but I can’t prove that. Odds are better there was a kid with a sign sitting behind me that I didn’t know about.
And, yes, Anthony’s head was shaved clean. At separate points in the concert, Captain Feathersword punctuated the point, referring to Anthony as Daddy Warbucks and Jean-Luc Picard.
Tomorrow: Equipment concerns