I originally started this post about how you should keep shooting because it doesn’t cost you any more if you have a digital camera. I even sent out a tweet during the game to that effect. However, I quickly realized that this was not the reason that I missed the shot I thought I wanted in this post. The other parents on our soccer team often joke that I’m the “team photographer.” While I do take photos of the team as a whole during the game, I am first and foremost a parent. This trumps being the photographer, which might seem problematic at times.
It was past the midway point in the first half of our second game of the day. We won the first game 3-1 and the boys that had played in the earlier game were riding high. In this game we were down 3-2, when the ball got sent down the field. My son won a tricky tackle right in front of our opponents goal. The keeper had been pulled wide and we had a wide open shot at the goal. I was able to capture all of the action up until this point, shooting in continuous high speed shutter mode.
But at that seemingly critical moment when I was about to get THE shot, something got in the way. It wasn’t another player. It wasn’t the sideline ref. It was something much more powerful that kept me from grabbing that moment – emotion. I got so wrapped up in the moment of cheering on my son, who ultimately made that equalizer goal, that I stopped pressing the shutter button, removed my eye from the viewfinder and just became a dad cheering for his son.
In the moments right after the goal, I heard a lot of comments from the other parents around me; “I hope you got that!” “Did you get that picture?” I didn’t. However, just after jumping up and down, pumping my fist and celebrating I was able to capture something even more special – emotion. The following shot is my favorite of the day:
I was able to capture this in a sequence as well. It’s what my son calls his “celebration jump.” I didn’t realize that at the time, but I’m glad I came away with it. My favorite frame is still the one above.
In the end, after looking back at my images, I realize that I did get the ones that I truly wanted. The most important photo being the emotion and celebration of the game.