Final Four At The Buzzer: A Photogs View

Seconds left, Boatright has the ball. UConn is going to win the national championship. My mind is racing. Who do I focus on at the buzzer? There are 20 photographers on my side of the court, some of the best sports shooters in the country. Probably 90-100 cameras between us all. But not one photographer is making a sound. We are all locked in, ready to go. Seconds are counting down, Boatright is just dribbling in circles. The buzzer sounds. UConn wins it’s 4th national championship. Mayhem, the roar of the crowd. Players are jumping into each others arms. Confetti fills the arena. Not one photographer moves. We are just picking our targets and capturing the moment. And the moment does not last long. The players are in an emotional high for these few seconds. These are the photos we need. Holding a trophy and cutting down nets later will make good photographs but these few seconds are the real deal. One minute later a small stage appears at center court. The team climbs up. We move into position and lock in our lenses once again. Then, BAM! A monster confetti gun fires, filling the arena and we can’t see a thing. Who’s idea was that? The paper and smoke clears and we get to work. Deadline is looming.

Ryan Boatright screams at the buzzer as his team become national champions. UConn won the NCAA championship game Monday night inside the giant AT&T Stadium in Texas. UConn won 60-54.

Ryan Boatright screams at the buzzer as his team become national champions. UConn won the NCAA championship game Monday night inside the giant AT&T Stadium in Texas. UConn won 60-54.

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