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December 22, 2007 12:39 AM

Sonics: Kevin Durant's Big Night

Posted by Rod Mar

Last night's Sonics game was only the second regular season game I've shot this year. Amazing how football can dominate an entire part of one's calendar.

So I was shaking off a bit of rust (and if you saw my photos from the UW men's basketball game earlier this week, you saw first hand how rusty I was). In trying to get back into the swing of basketball, my strategy was to just hammer on the motordrive as hard as I could.

1,000 frames, 2,000 frames, who cares? I figured, I can edit fast.

Correction: Hammering on the motordrive just leaves you with a bunch of crappy frames.

Live and learn, right?

One challenge was a 7:30 tipoff time, which is something the Sonics do on Friday nights, instead of their usual 7:00pm starts.

That 30 minute difference meant that I probably would be able to shoot one less quarter of the game than I usually do before having to edit and transmit.

And with the game slated as the centerpiece for Saturday's sports section, I not only had to make a picture, I had to actually make a pretty good one.

(Kidding. According to my boss, I'm supposed to make a pretty good one each time out. He's such a hard-ass).

Sonics rookie and superstar-in-the-making Kevin Durant gave me an early Christmas present in the first half when he drove along the left baseline and double-pumped his way through two Toronto defenders:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 70mm, ISO 1600, 1/500 sec., f2.8)

I figured he owed me that one since he'd also had two high-flying dunks that came from my side of the hoop, meaning I was shooting him from behind.

Durant caught fire in the second half, and finished with a game-high 27 points. I caught a good expression after he nailed his final three-pointer of the night:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 155mm, ISO 1600, 1/500 sec., f2.8)

My other decent frame of the night came courtesy of Seattle's Wally Szczerbiak, who was grabbed by Toronto's Carlos Delfino:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 24-70mm/f2.8 lens @ 38mm, ISO 1600, 1/500 sec., f2.8)

I moved two versions, and I'm pretty sure the tighter one has more impact:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 24-70mm/f2.8 lens @ 38mm, ISO 1600, 1/500 sec., f2.8)

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