Working with the talented bunch at The World-Herald, we often have the same idea for a photo but execute it to our own unique style. One recent example was when I was shooting the Elkhorn-Elkhorn South boys basketball game. One dominant feature of the Elkhorn gym is the giant Elk painted on the wall. I spent about a quarter of the game trying to frame the on-court action with the giant animal staring down on the court. I wasn’t able to get any people in the photo, but I did get a photo of the Elk appearing to stare at an errant shot.
Fellow staff photographer Mark Davis was able to capture a blocked shot in the Omaha Bryan-South Sioux City game underneath the fearsome Bryan Bear earlier in the same week.
That started a conversation about whether a photo like that is creative or cliche. My thought is it can be creative if all the pieces fall together well to form a well-composed image. I personally prefer it if it appeared that the action and mascot were interacting. Those factors are out of my hands, and like a close basketball game, can be decided be an errant bounce.
Looking through The World-Herald archive, I noticed that three separate photographers made that kind of image at Millard North in three different ways within about three months.