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Splash photography: Staying dry after the buzzer sounds

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Arbor View celebrates after a win against Centennial, Oct. 30, 2014.
Photo: L.E. Baskow

Arbor View vs. Centennial high school football game | October 30, 2014

Arbor View's Herman Gray 34 does his best to secure the ball late in the game versus Centennial on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Arbor View's Herman Gray 34 does his best to secure the ball late in the game versus Centennial on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Photographing sports is always a challenge, a mixture of timing and luck. With high school sports the bar tends to be set a bit higher; light is generally poorer and skill level still developing. There’s also a lot of guesswork involved, and knowing the sport well helps, as direction can change in a second.

The water dousing of the winning coach has become a common celebratory gesture toward the end of games, but it’s quite hard to capture. Often you get blocked out by players, other coaches or kept in check by officials. Occasionally, though, I get lucky and see it coming, get ahead of the coach at just the right time and capture a great sports moment while staying dry myself.

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