Wanda Sykes & My Camera....
That's the first row.
But this time, Wanda Sykes spotted me and my camera even though the bright spotlight was shining in her eyes.
Sometimes you DON'T want attention.
This was such a case.
I attend a lot of live performances and usually have my small camera with me. If the ticket states "No Photography Allowed" I leave it at home.
The digital Canon S90 is great in low light situations - and even better with good stage lighting - and I never use flash.
I felt that would be rude and intrusive.
Flashes go off all around me sometimes and it seems everyone is holding up a Smartphone with a built-in camera.
Musicians can keep on playing but stand-up comedians have a LOT memorized and need to keep concentrating on what comes next.
He remembered her telling the audience "And he has a real shi*ty camera - has to keep adjusting it and fiddling with it."
I put away my camera at that point.
Didn't want another round of her wrath.
She continued her funny routine and singled out others in the audience for special darts and taunts.
Guess I was just part of her act.
Responding to hecklers comes naturally.
But, a guy quietly trying to take some quality pictures?
I suppose I could have had a Larry David moment (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and jumped up to defend my camera and my "rights" as a paying customer.
She appeared in 8 episodes battling with Larry.
Instead, I settled back and enjoyed the laughs.
At the end, when the audience rose to applaud, I caught her eye and used my hands to mimic a camera and mouthed "Click." She smiled and returned the friendly gesture.
Would have made a great shot of her though.
(Click on the photos for more details.)
Unless prohibited, I'll continue to travel with my camera.
Did I mention Wanda had a torn seam in the right leg of her pants?