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(CBS Sports)   Ravens photographer suffers torn Achilles, puts on a boot and returns to film the game   (cbssports.com) divider line 8
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2013-10-14 02:54:42 AM  
If it's only a partial tear, a boot may be all he'll need until it heals in a couple of months.

Even if it's a complete tear requiring surgery, a few hours in a boot won't make much difference.

/been there, done that
//the achilles tear, not the sideline photography
 
2013-10-14 04:15:48 AM  
Seeing as he probably gets all his gear for free, I'd do that too. $18,000.00 lens? fark ya I'll be back out there!
/did not rtfa
 
2013-10-14 07:22:11 AM  
Photography isn't exactly physically intensive.

If he was a marathon runner or something, using that tendon again and again and again, he could do that. Just standing there? Fugetabowdit. Boot's enough.
 
2013-10-14 09:28:22 AM  
I saw that play and I knew he had to have been hurt.  He's lucky he wasn't hurt much more seriously.  What I don't get is why these guys always just seem to stand there and watch these enormous players fly at them, and it's only when they're about a foot away that they start to react.  If I saw them coming even generally in my direction, I'd bug out.  There will be plenty of other photographers to catch that particular shot.

On top of which, do they really need to be so close to the playing field?  They have super-expensive telephoto lenses.  Being another 10 feet back will ruin the shot?  It seems like there's also a risk that the high-priced talent could be injured in one of these collisions.
 
2013-10-14 10:34:39 AM  

ArmednHammered: Seeing as he probably gets all his gear for free, I'd do that too. $18,000.00 lens? fark ya I'll be back out there!
/did not rtfa


He almost certainly does not. 99.9% of pro shooters I've met have been accumulating and upgrading their gear for their whole career, and having the gear is part of why you are "allowed" to shoot certain events. For example, if you want to be in the press photo pool for the Indy 500, first they ask who you're with, then they ask if you have a 300mm lens. If you don't, they hang up.

That being said, I'm certain his gear is insured. Mine sure as hell is. Beyond that, there's a hood on the end of the lens (and a filter side the hood on the lens) that would probably absorb most of the impact if it were going end-down, which it looked like- it was probably ok.

Kibbler: On top of which, do they really need to be so close to the playing field? They have super-expensive telephoto lenses. Being another 10 feet back will ruin the shot? It seems like there's also a risk that the high-priced talent could be injured in one of these collisions.


Closer is *always* better- the more you have to zoom, the more camera shake/accidental lateral motion can be introduced to a shot, decreasing the likelihood of a good result. Also, image degradation tends to increase as zoom does (less sharp/clear, etc), and you have to compensate for the decreased light entering the sensor by adjusting other settings, which can also make the picture look worse. I have a couple examples of this if you're curious.

/why yes, I *am* a press photographer.
//have gotten very close to being horribly injured on the job
///wouldn't trade what I do for anything
 
2013-10-14 12:17:27 PM  
He also chugged a gallon of deer antler juice.
 
2013-10-14 03:12:03 PM  
FTA:HOFFMAN FINISHED PHOTOGRAPHING THE GAME WITH A TORN ACHILLES.


Should have used a camera.
 
2013-10-14 04:03:29 PM  
I severed my Achilles tendon, its no joke.
 
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