Andrew Mills is a photographer for NJ Advance Media. He was shooting the Giants-Cowboys game when Odell Beckham’s spectacular catch happened right in front of him. No, I mean literally right in front of him.
Then Twitter did what it does, which is point at laugh at the guy who’s staring at the catch like a deer in the headlights.
I switched cameras to the 70-200 hanging over my right shoulder and immediately swung to the center of the field, hunting for the intended receiver, but I couldn’t find one. I swung back toward the bench and spotted Beckham blazing down the sideline right at me, ball in the air.
This is the “Oh, no” point.
I am tracking him, and Beckham is closing fast. Too fast. And I am too close. Way too close. And there’s nothing I can do.
So as I began to lower the 70-200 to desperately grab the wide angle around my neck, the play is unfolding, literally, at my feet. I’m shooting (and twisting the zoom to get as wide as possible) the entire time the camera is being lowered. I was able to capture a frame that’s in focus — remember, a picture is not a picture if it’s not sharp — of the ball on Beckham’s fingertips, but again I’m tight. Way too tight.
Turns out he did okay.