butchpx - In a Snap: The Year's Best Photos
Dec. 30th, 2011
02:42 pm - In a Snap: The Year's Best Photos
North Carolina forward John Henson tries to block a shot by Michigan State center Adreian Payne during the first half of the Carrier Classic game aboard the USS Carl Vinson on Nov. 11.
Mark J. Terrill boarded the USS Carl Vinson off San Diego on Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) around 6 a.m., lugging 70 pounds of gear. The Carrier Classic, an outdoor basketball game between North Carolina and Michigan State, wasn't scheduled to start until 4 p.m. Terrill set up a remote camera behind the backboard, but the Associated Press photographer also planted a Nikon D3 remote with a 2400mm lens two seats away from him on the floor and propped it up with two AA batteries. The forecast that day called for a chance of rain, but as the game went on, the skies cleared and made way for a remarkable background. "When do you ever have a chance to get a sunset in the picture of a basketball game?" Terrill said. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams's son even asked Terrill for a copy of the photo to give to his father for Christmas.
Broncos fans imitating Tim Tebow on Oct. 23.
It looks like nothing more than a few Broncos fans kneeling on a New York sidewalk. But on Oct. 23, when Jared Kleinstein asked a stranger to take a picture with his phone, he was unknowingly kick-starting the sports world's biggest contribution to Internet meme culture: Tebowing. Kleinstein has published 2,000 photos (out of 18,000 submissions) from all seven continents on Tebowing.com. Total page views: 17 million and counting. "I didn't know when I made it whether it would last a day, a week or a year," Kleinstein said.
Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver in June.
Rich Lam's night really started after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Getty Images photographer worked the Boston Bruins' 4-0 win inside Vancouver's Rogers Arena, but as Canucks fans rioted outside, Lam's colleague convinced him to hit the streets. He had documented protests before, but nothing like this. It even reminded Lam of the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. When he first saw Scott Jones coming to the aid of Alex Thomas, Lam didn't realize they were a couple—or that they were kissing. He was just as compelled by the police officer. "It's taken on a life of its own," Lam said. "To have one picture go around the world pretty much in the blink of an eye is quite amazing."
Courtesy of Ben Jones
Students taking photos of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno outside his home.
The night before Joe Paterno was fired, Ben Jones joined thousands of other students in staking out the football coach's home. The Penn State senior was straddling a bush in the garden when Paterno appeared in the window. By then, TV trucks had arrived with ample light, so Jones didn't need a flash to take a photo on his Droid phone. He uploaded the shot to TwitPic, a Twitter photo sharing site. It's now been viewed almost 100,000 times. It was the first week that he had a phone with a camera and data plan. "I've been in a lot of the right places at the right times," Jones said.
Courtesy of Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban the morning after the Mavericks won the NBA title in June.
It was the morning after the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat in June to win the NBA title, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hadn't slept a wink. Once he boarded the team plane for the flight back to Dallas, Cuban asked team psychologist Don Kalkstein to use his Sidekick to snap a picture as he bit a cigar almost as big as his new trophy. "I never smoke or even chew on cigars," Cuban wrote in an email. He still keeps the cigar in his car. Cuban hasn't yet framed the photo, but it is his Twitter profile picture. "I still get goose bumps every time I see it," he said.
Las Vegas Review-Journal/Associated Press
Floyd Mayweather lands a knock out punch to Victor Ortiz, left, during their WBC Welterweight bout on Sept. 17.
Floyd Mayweather's Sept. 17 fight against Victor Ortiz ended just like that. In the fourth round, after a head butt, Ortiz leaned into his opponent to apologize. But Mayweather responded by promptly knocking Ortiz out. It was such a stunning turn of events that John Locher had taken a quick break from the action. "I immediately threw the camera up to my eye and just started shooting away," said the Las Vegas Review-Journal photographer. "With other sports, you can sometimes anticipate some of the action. But with boxing, you never know. You have to be on your toes the whole time, ready for anything."
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