Robot Camera Celebrates Human Basketball Achievement

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Dec. 16 2010 10:59 PM

Robot Camera Celebrates Human Basketball Achievement

Earlier this month, Associated Press photographer Morry Gash produced an

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of the Miami Heat finishing a fast break: Dwyane Wade, having just dropped off a bounce pass, spreads his arms in triumph—not even looking at the basket—while over his shoulder, the trailing man, LeBron James floats in the air, cuffing the ball, preparing for a finishing tomahawk dunk. The composition is perfect, a masterpiece of framing and timing.



Except, according to FanHouse.com (via

),

. The first time a human eye saw it was when Gash reviewed the images afterward. The photographer told FanHouse that he was holding one camera pointed straight at James, but the shot came from somewhere else:


[B]y Gash's toes was his Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a camera outfitted with a wider-angle lens, synced to fire by radio remote control when he took pictures with the camera he held in his hand. As the play developed, Gash clicked off four or five shots narrowly focusing on James. At the time, he knew he had LeBron, but Gash didn't have an inkling Wade had entered the foreground approximately three to four feet in front of the photographer.

Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.

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