Santa Cruz man upset over family photo

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA

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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