Maria Sharapova and her Canon Powershot Diamond Collection
Original Story here: www.gearlog.com/2008/08/maria_sharapova_unveils_her_ca.php
My story: As my last story for my internship at PC Magazine, I went to South St Seaport to shoot Maria Sharapova's official unveiling of her Canon Powershot Diamond lineup that people could win through a contest on Canon's website. The other photographers next to me were from NY Daily News, Newsday, AP, Getty, NY Post and I believe the NYTimes. And they were all using Canons so it felt odd for me to be the only guy there using Olympus on the front lines right in front of her.
What made me really happy though was the fact that the Post photographer (who reeked of alcohol) kept saying that I wasn't allowed to stand next to him because he didn't have enough room to take his shot. The Canon reps fixed that and let me stay there because I had previous reservations.
I took my flash off because my mentor (Pulitzer Winner John Williams at Newsday) taught me to shoot that way. But I synched my timing to shoot with the other photographers.
To make a long story short--the only photos of the event that ended up being published were mine and AP's. The Post and Daily News used AP's. But mine...were all over the net.
It made me quite happy and made me realize that Olympus can hold it's own against the bigger guys in terms of getting the right shot. That being said though, I still plan to move back to Canon (I used to use them) because they do better in low light and give me the features I need.
Also seen here on my article, "8 Great Tips to Get More Out of Your Camera Batteries"