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It’s just been one of those days for Steve Mitchell, the USA TODAY Sports Images photographer who snapped the viral photo of Miami Heat fan Filomena Tobias giving Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah the finger. “I did not think it was going to be like this,” Mitchell told For The Win, when asked about all the attention his picture is getting.
Mitchell was busy transmitting photos to his editors when Noah got thrown out of Game 2 Wednesday night. He said he didn’t even see the play, but once the commotion started, he grabbed his camera and started shooting. “I see him arguing with the refs, so I quickly jump up and grab my Nikon 600 mm lens,” Mitchell said. “I see him get ejected and I see him walking and I’m just taking pictures, and as I’m taking these pictures, the shutter, which is a Digital SLR, is going so fast I can’t see her hand. I see him walking and I thought she was just trying to touch him.”
As Mitchell’s shutter kept going off, he caught Tobias looking mighty proud of herself, giving the man accompanying her to the game a high-five. “Then Taj Gibson gets ejected and she does the same thing to him,” Mitchell said. As Mitchell’s shutter kept going, he caught the man with Tobias in a wonderful action shot.