One thing is clear about the job of the photographer: You have no control over the moments that happen, just over what moments within the moments you choose to show the world.
With that said, it's often difficult to choose the right portion of a moment to share. Sometimes the decision is made simply by the sharpest frame of the bunch. Other times by the balance of pleasing aesthetics across said frames.
Sometimes I turn to Dejan Kovacevic when trying to pick the right frame for our site, and I feel I'll be doing so frequently with Jim Barger as he takes on his role as well. But ... sometimes I disagree. And, as is almost always the case with our art, DK has told me again and again that the final call is mine and mine alone.
During the Riverhounds' stoppage time draw against Nashville SC, a game they were losing 2-0 until the 88' mark, Ryan James got on the end of a Kevin Kerr cross to equalize the score. It would later be ruled an own goal, a decision I'm not sure I totally agree with, but that's not important.
What was important to me was the sequence of 31 photos I made from the goal. It's not a perfect sequence. James isn't sharp when he kicks the ball since I'm focused on the crowd in front of the net, and I'd have loved to have that frame -- but I don't. There are still several frames to choose from in the sequence.
While editing the photos after the game, and making that GIF of the goal and celebration out of the 31 photos, I tagged the select few I'd choose from for Hunter Homistek's story from the game. I'd love to have used one for this Sunday's Best, but that's Hunter's story to tell this day.
I sent three of those photos to DK for some assistance in choosing them, but I'd already thought through the process and "made up my mind" while doing so. Here are those three images in order of being taken:
[caption id="attachment_814311" align="aligncenter" width="640"] MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_814312" align="aligncenter" width="640"] MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_814313" align="aligncenter" width="640"] MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]
What would you choose from those three? Why?
After thinking it through and talking to Hunter about what he wanted for the story, I decided on the first frame. DK disagreed and wanted the second frame. So, I had a choice to make.
I ended up sticking with the first for the Hounds game report because of the additional layers the additional players add. My only wish is that the ball were more visible in that particular shot. But, the keeper, Connor Sparrow, falling backward after giving up the lead, the teammates reacting and James more primal part to his scream ... they all screamed "winner" to me.
Again, I didn't start this Sunday's Best off with that photo because it's already atop the site. But, I wanted to discuss some of the thought process here, and I'd love to hear if anyone would go about it differently or why you like one of the images better than the one I chose to represent the game.
What leads this one off is a photo of Cole Tucker I took of him and converted to black and white. It was my favorite photo from the week until I made the soccer image that'll be one of my favorite images from the Hounds' season. The bouncing curls matching his personality ... yeah, he's going to be fun to shoot this season.
The rest of the week's best images follow that and the soccer image. See you guys and gals in the comments.