Yesterday, NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made what some say could be the greatest catch EVER. Of course, it was documented perfectly (in motion and stills) from almost every viewable angle. Still cameras like the Canon 1DX shoot 12 frames per second, and do so while tracking focus very accurately.
The NYT reached out to seven professional photographers to hear their stories about capturing “The Catch," and most seem pretty casual, as if getting the shot is now the norm. Granted, the Canon 1DX is a very easy camera to use, and my go to for shooting anything that is moving fast. It's almost like shooting with a video camera.
What I find interesting here is that this level of documentation is now what we expect. 20 years ago, maybe one or two of the top pro photographers could have maybe captured this catch, using film, manual follow focus, and a Canon 1N that shot 6 frames per second. 40 years ago, forget it. The technology just wasn’t there. In fact, one photographer in the aforementioned article recalls an historic Hail Mary pass in the 80’s between Boston College and Miami that no one captured.
As we quickly approach an age where literally EVERYTHING will be documented, I love the idea of that Hail Mary from the 80’s living on only as a story, passed on from one person to the next, changing a little each time.
Maybe missing the shot every once in a while isn’t such a bad thing?
(Photo Credits: Row 1 - Barton Silverman/The New York Times and Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports, via Reuters — Row 2 - Kathy Willens/Associated Press and Al Bello/Getty Images — Row 3 - Julio Cortez/Associated Press and Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY Sports, via Reuters — vertical on the right - Elsa/Getty Images)