I've never heard anyone say a bad word about Rick, but, like you, I've never stopped to talk to him. There are four photographers that work Palomar, but Rick and the guy from1904 are the regulars. It may be true what you heard, but I'd kind be surprised. In my opinion, Rick takes the best pictures. They aren't over processed and look the most natural. 1904 also takes great shots. They aren't as natural looking, but they pop a little more. The two of them are the bravest as well. The other photographers don't get as close to the action.