This past Saturday afternoon, the USC Trojans took on No. 7 Arizona Wildcats at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. Anytime Arizona visits Los Angeles, it is one of the more well attended games of the season for both UCLA and USC. That is always a good thing for a photographer as the crowds fill up the space in the background of your shots. I shot the game for Scout.com and wanted to walk you through the day, as well as highlight what I consider to be my Top 10 of frames I shot during the game.
If you want to skip ahead to the photos, scroll down.
When photographing games at USC, I get to the arena early to mark my spot on the court with tape. Other arenas have a photo captain, who you check in with when you arrive and they assign a spot for you. I picked up my media pass and dropped off my computer and extra gear in the media room before making my way to the court. Most games if I am shooting for a specific team I will shoot the direction they are heading on offense and then when they switch directions at halftime, I also switch sides. In this case, given that the photo area was going to be packed, I decided to stay in one spot the whole game.
The game was full of action. Both teams hit big shots, but USC couldn't score in the final seconds and the game went to overtime. At this point, the game went into groundhog day mode. Another chance for USC to win, another missed shot, and a second overtime. Then, yet another chance for USC to win at the buzzer, another missed shot, and a third overtime. Here is where I panicked. I normally shoot around 1,000 frames during a basketball game. At the end of the third overtime both my memory cards were full with over 2,000 frames. I normally have an extra card on me, but in this case it was in the media room and I had to run back and get it before the start of the 4th overtime. You can never have too many cards on you; I learned my lesson. I can just imagine, the game ending on a great shot and my cards full so I wouldn't be able to capture the shot.. The game finally ended in the 4th overtime and I was able to capture one of my favorite photos I've shot for basketball. It was a long day, I shot over 2,600 frames, some were crap, others were good, but I nailed the money shot.
Without further ado, and with commentary, below I countdown what I consider to be my top 10 shots from the game. Your comments and questions are welcomed!
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