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Picture This: Obviously Unexpected

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 12:47 p.m. CDT
(Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com )
Sycamore's Daniel Evans smiles back at the roaring of the crowd after a good play in the fourth quarter of the class 3A semifinal regional game against Montini Catholic on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Sycamore won, 83-49.

If I had a penny for every time I heard a phrase, “You’re the photographer,” I’d be retired comfortably at 24.

There’s a lot of pressure to be creative in this business, and sometimes the art in the newspaper is what draws readers to the story. Unfortunately, I lack the supernatural power to dream up interesting photo-related ideas every breathing second. I am human like the rest of you.

As I said a couple columns ago, a lot of what goes into good photographs is being in the right place at the right time, or a little something otherwise known as luck. Photographers can try to predict moments all we want, but getting a situation to turn out just as predicted is nearly impossible.

Expect the worst. Hope for the best.

Here is another basketball photo for your eyes to feast on from the never ending season. I can’t tell you how many games I’ve covered since the season started, but I can tell you that playoff games have begun. 

The Sycamore High School boys played Montini Catholic High School at Genoa-Kingston last week, and they brought their trusty student section with them. If you’ve never seen the Sycamore student section at any sporting event, I can tell you they go absolutely bonkers supporting their teams, and the players love it.

I noticed Daniel Evans – No. 25 in the photo – reacting to the crowd cheering toward the end of the game when the chances of Sycamore winning became more obvious. I had enough action photos and chose to keep my lens on him to see if I could capture him to reacting again. 

The prediction was based on an assumption that he would smile at the crowd after an observation that he had the past several times.

I didn’t expect this exact frame, but I like it. The arm jutting into the foreground may seem distracting to the untrained eye, but think about how it helps to fill the frame and at the same time create a “sub-frame” that draws your eye to Evans.

So, although I can’t predict the future, I was able to get this photo through a well calculated guess. I am just a photographer after all.

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