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Picture This: A reason to smile

Sycamore's Mark Skelley looks to shoot in the second quarter Friday against Morris. 
Sycamore won, 60-30.
Sycamore's Mark Skelley looks to shoot in the second quarter Friday against Morris. Sycamore won, 60-30.

Every newspaper photographer who has covered basketball is familiar with this outtake.

It’s a funny shot not for the people in it, but for the composition. I feel as if I could start a gallery full of basketball players who seem to have basketballs for heads.

It’s inevitable, and I know it’s coming, but I can’t help but laugh every time I see it.

I sit under the basket or in the stands and snap away while the players race up and down the court.

After the game ends, I begin siphoning through the hundreds of photos from the game, picking out the ones I feel best capture the energy and outcome of the game. I’m fully involved at this point, meticulously dissecting each photo’s composition just as a news editor reads a story.

Then the basketball-headed boy or girl appears.On Friday, Sycamore’s Mark Skelley was that basketball-head. I snapped the shot of him aiming for the hoop during the second quarter of the game against Morris. I don’t remember if he made the shot, but overall, it was a good game for Sycamore. The Spartans won, 60-30.

Outside of this column, a photo like this wouldn’t make it into the newspaper, and for good reason, but a top 10 would definitely make a great comedy reel.

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