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.