Sometimes the pick isn’t THE pic

August 30th, 2009
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This Friday night, I was assigned to photograph a high school football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors at Roosevelt.  I covered the game as I would normally, with no issues.  Visually, I always try to capture the story of the game, and I supplement that with secondary peak action or peak emotion shots such as celebration/dejection etc.

Today one of our readers had emailed me inquiring why a key touchdown play wasn’t covered or run in today’s coverage of the Farrington/Roosevelt game.  This email made me think, and sure enough, the photo that ran was a very static photo of another running back, with the defenders cropped out–but NOT the running back that made the defining touchdown.  For posterity’s sake, I am including that photo here, because I feel that key moments in a game should be shown regardless of lack of space or a decision made by a page designer under deadline to run another photograph.

Farrington's Scotland Smith breaks downfield on a kick return for a 99-yard touchdown during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors Friday, August 28, 2009 at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Farrington's Scotland Smith breaks downfield on a kick return for a 99-yard touchdown to make it a 20-7 Farrington lead during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors Friday, August 28, 2009 at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium. The Governors held on to win, 20-7. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

A newspaper takes many hands, minds, and eyes to craft.  Every day, the recipe changes.  Every day, not all decisions made are agreeable with everyone.  Determining what photograph tells the story of the game is very difficult and elusive–not just for myself, but to our editors, page designers, and writers.  Often times, I may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time when something important happens–and I’m just out of luck!  I have to make a different photograph because it didn’t go my way.  It is still early in the season, but in my five years of covering football for the Star-Bulletin, I’ve gotten to know the teams’ players, strategies, coaches, and game plans as the season progresses.  This is very advantageous and helps me to cover football games the way a photojournalist should.  It’s the responsible thing to do because we are storytellers–visual storytellers.

Roosevelt's Tyler Jake Kila can't come up with the pass after a double hit from Farrington's Vaughn Tomas, left, and Seth Ilae during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors Friday, August 28, 2009 at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Roosevelt's Tyler Jake Kila can't come up with the pass after a double hit from Farrington's Vaughn Tomas, left, and Seth Ilae during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors Friday, August 28, 2009 at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

One Response to “Sometimes the pick isn’t THE pic”

  1. hasulam:

    As it is impossible by the way.


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