You don't need a media pass or front row seating to engage in the exciting, dynamic and assorted realm of sports photography. All you need is a strong desire and tickets to a sporting event (that allows you to bring your gear and take pictures!).
On Oct. 18th, 2014 my daughter and I went to see our first Argo's game. I had planned on taking these photographs but read on the Rogers Centre website that the largest lens allowed in the stadium was 3". The lens I wanted to shoot with was about 10". A few days prior to the game I called the Rogers Centre and inquired if I could bring a camera with a larger lens (>3"). I was told that it shouldn't be a problem but to also check with the Argonauts Communication department which I did. After a very pleasant conversation with the Director of Communications I was all set. Verbal permission had been provided and I was told I could bring my gear so long as I did not interfere with another fans view of the game.
When we got to the Rogers Centre, without media credentials, I was stopped and told I couldn't use my "professional" lens. But after a synopsis of my conversation with the Rogers Centre and the Argonaut's head office, all was well and we were in!
My daughter and I had a blast. Thanks to everyone who were involved to make our first Football game a terrific experience.
Here are a few images I captured from that day. Canon 6D, AWB, 1/1600, 10000 ISO, F2.8. The lens was a Canon
300mm USM II F2.8 with a 2x III Teleconverter. I was on the second level at the back. About 60 yards from centre field.