Santa Cruz man upset over family photo

December 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A Santa Cruz County man is outraged after state park rangers questioned him during a photo shoot with his family at Seacliff State Beach.

Howard "Boots" McGhee, who is an amateur photographer, was taking photos of his niece's family for their holiday Christmas card.

A ranger questioned him and two other photographers on the beach that day -- primarily because of the quality of the equipment they were using. A permit is required for film or video shoots that are for commercial use.

"All he has to do is determine that it was a family shoot and maybe educate me on the commercial laws of it and say thank you very much, have a great day," said McGhee.

McGhee was not fined but he was given a verbal warning. The state parks department stands by its ranger's decision to question the photographers at the beach that day.


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