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Just Got My First Professional Photo Credit

Last week I started a new feature on my blog where I spent more than a few evenings/mornings browsing through the stacks and piles of funny, intense and often critical photos taken by those who hit the photo pits of a MLB stadium every night/day.

These collected photos included those same groups of MLB players we all gaze upon every day either in person, or through our television screens. Some of the photos show human moments both in error and in surreal action before, during or after an MLB game. Some of the photos bordered on the comical while other showed visual evidence of something amazing happening in front of the telephoto lens.

On May 28th I took my usual spot down in the photo pit in front of the stage for the Rays/Hess Express Saturday Night Concert Series. I was really excited to see punk skater girl Avril Lavigne mix it up that night, and wanted to get a few specials shots of her sporting her trademark green streaks in her hair, and her neon green motocross boots.

Photographers for the Rays/Hess Express Saturday Concert Series only get a 3-song chance of getting that special photo, or action that might some day grace a major magazine, or a local publication. I had no idea that night one of my photos would eventually have a special spot for eternity on the Web.

I always try and upload all my Rays concert photos to my Flickr Photostream so that a larger audience can see more of the photos that did not make the cut on the blog post. Usually I get the usual comments and suggestions, trying to hone my craft a little more with every shoot. Little did I know this one concert set would produce my first photo credit as an amateur photographer.

When I first got the email asking for me if I was the original photographer and asking for me to give my consent to Wikipedia to use one of my Avril Lavigne concert shots for Avril Lavigne’s Wikipedia page, I was floored. I had a blog post of a late September 2010 Rays concert featuring Adam Lambert included on his International website, but my photo did not get a credit.

Here was a huge Internet factoid machine asking little old Renegade for his approval to use one of my photos. How could I say no. More or less, how could I not go screaming out into the night with excitement. Originally the photo graced the “Goodbye Lullaby” segment of the web page, but has now been elevated to the main stats box located on the top right of the web page.

The three biggest things in my life are baseball, music and writing right now. Photography is a new toy in which I am learning on the fly. For this to happen truly took my breath away. It has changed me a bit in that maybe I will partake in a few photo classes, get more versed in this art form that can visually tell a story without words.

I take my photos nightly hoping someone finds something they like within them. I do not do it for money like those who submit their work to Getty Images or other syndicated services, I take these photos for the pure sake of bringing that image to life without muttering a single word.

I might be a bit over dramatic and over zealous at this moment because these kind of things have not happened in a long time. Recognition from outside the MLBlogs World have been few and far between, and sometimes a pat on the back can re-energize you to push beyond the next limit with gusto. Right now I could take on Goliath, and possible get a unique photo in the process.

This is my first photo credit. My first introduction into an arena I have only dipped my toes into before. I am not diving in headfirst, just going to wade in a bit and enjoy this small bit of chance luck and visual acceptance. All with the help of a special punk rock Princess jamming on her black and white lacquered Telecaster guitar with the green hair streaming .

You always remember your first………. This first might just last a lifetime.

From Bummer to a Blast in 60 Seconds…Pure Avril

Avril Lavigne definitely picked the right song to start off her Rays/Hess Express Saturday Night Concert appearance, her upbeat and timely “What The Hel*” was the perfect song to start out what would be a unique and escalating Rays post game concert experience.

With stage hands frantically assembling, plugging and barking orders even moments before the Sk8tr Goddess hit the small stage you got the feeling this was going to be a high energy, dance producing moment, then someone or something decided a microphone monkey wrench had to be inserted into the whole sha-bang. During her first number Lavigne’s portable mic was anything but cooperative, and suddenly Lavigne bopped her way off stage.

The crowd was instanly stunned, and taken totally a- back, but immediately you could see frantic stagehands trying to get the mic situation done pronto. In the background you could see the angst growing on Lavigne’s face as she spoke to her handlers and concert personnel trying to figure out “What The Hel*”.

After several minutes of calming energy Lavigne reappeared smiling, enthusiastic the silence in her concert was defeated, she started out by letting out a impromptu, four-letter word Sk8tr sermon to the assembled masses that must have had a few Rays executives gasping. Still, it was the release of built up emotional garbage and hostility that needed to be exorcised for this show to explode and take us with it.

Lavigne then started sans her band in an a Capella rendition of “What The Hel*” that conquered the stress, angst and even submerged any bummer feeling among the Rays turf crowd. It was an amazing arrangement, plus really showed off that the actress, perfume and clothing maven was definitely not a one trick pony, or needed heavy musical background noise to hide any vocal deficiencies. This Gurl could wail with the best of them.

From that moment on this concert went into a non-stop ride of bouncing in place in unison with the punk rock princess, crowd participation sing-a-longs and watching the Trop’s roof bouncing up and down a few times. Suddenly you could see the crowd feed energy to Lavigne and she returned the favor in spades. This concert definitely went from a rocky summit to a thrill ride inducing encore featuring Lavigne’s smash “Complicated” and there was not a seatbelt in sight.

I was excited beforehand to see what Sean Daly the  local St. Petersburg Times music critic announced was the “One of the Best Rays Concert signing to date” Lavigne had us from her Ceremonial first pitch when the petite Lavigne threw to Rays giant ( 6′ 8”) Reliever Adam Russell and delivered a pitch across both our and the plate’s heart. From the neon green strands in her blond tresses to her splattered paint neon green motocross boots, she not only fit the Sk8tr motif to a “T”, she was their anointed punk Queen.

The song “What The Hel*” is still ringing in my ear. Not the band induced sampling, but that dramatic and unexpected solo offering that showed so much more of this singer’s talent, creativity and down right untapped reservoir of angst energy.

Would I turn down a moment watching a prime example of the type of girl guys like me chased when Motocross, Rat Bikes and skateboarding was in its infant stages….She was the bomb-digitty in her black and neon. Would I stand waiting for her to return on stage again…. You bet your life, in a New York minute . Some musical artists you love for things you can’t explain, or do not want to divulge to friends or family. Lavigne is that kind of artist to me. She reminded me of simpler times when song, energy and sticking to your guns with your style was paramount.

In essence, she made me want to be a Skatr boi all over again. But this time with cooler hair. Only bummer of the concert ( besides the obvious) was the fact the Rays stage was too small for a piano so we could see another dimension of Avril unfold in person. “What The Hel*”, I guess life really is a bit “Complicated” after all.

 Avril Lavigne Flickr Photostream