Game Changer

“The decisive moment.”
Being in touch with it — or not — is part of what separates
A-list photographers from the hoi polloi.
(Or so we’re told. See: Henri Cartier-Bresson & his spiritual heirs.)

But that idea is getting eaten alive by technology:
One of the best sports photos of 2010 was taken a “robot camera.”

If photographer Morry Gash never actually saw this angle, then did he really take the picture?


“The camera I was shooting with was a longer lens,” Gash said. “I was following the ball and I was on LeBron.”

So, how did Wade making like a 747 appear in that shot if Gash had the camera in his hands following James? The answer lay at Gash’s feet.

There by Gash’s toes was his Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a camera outfitted with a wider-angle lens, synced to fire by radio remote control when he took pictures with the camera he held in his hand. As the play developed, Gash clicked off four or five shots narrowly focusing on James. At the time, he knew he had LeBron, but Gash didn’t have an inkling Wade had entered the foreground approximately three to four feet in front of the photographer.”

From another angle:


This isn’t the first time we’ve commented on how technology is obliterating “the decisive moment” — and we’re certain it’s not the last.

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