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Kevin Durant was picture-perfect as a Super Bowl photographer

Kevin Durant takes photos before Super Bowl 50. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

What did Kevin Durant do with a night off in the Bay Area?

He went to work, shooting Super Bowl 50 as a working photographer for The Players’ Tribune.

The Washington Redskins fan, who scored 40 points in Oklahoma City’s loss to Golden State on Saturday night, may have the lofty title of deputy publisher, but he was a working stiff Sunday, sitting on the Levi’s Stadium field as he snapped away.

“[B]efore you say it, I can see the irony of ‘Kevin Durant is a member of the media for a day,'” he wrote on The Players’ Tribune website. “But I had the time of my life taking sideline photos for the night. I’ve got a lot of interests outside of basketball, and one of them is doing things I haven’t done before, like stepping into the shoes of a photographer and learning about what it’s all about.

“I may be just starting out, but I also like to think that at my height, I might have some different angles than other photographers. After all, you’ve gotta play up your strengths.”

How did Durant do? The photos are on The Players’ Tribune website, but here’s a peek at his work:

Say this for Derek Jeter, founder of the Tribune, he makes those guys work.

This of course isn’t Durant’s first foray into the photojournalism world. Durant received a camera — “one of those big digital cameras with a nice lens” — for his 27th birthday in September, according to a post on TBT, and he has documented some of the Thunder’s season for The Players’ Tribute already.

https://twitter.com/PlayersTribune/status/696501328223215616

Nor was Durant the first celebrity to try his hand at shooting a big sports event.

Durant confessed that he nearly forgot his gear last week as he left for the Thunder’s road trip. And the vest photographers are required to wear didn’t work for him — it was too small. But all in all, it was a favorable experience.

“I’ve been in some big games in my career, in big arenas that were loud and packed. I’ve played on national TV. That all felt small compared to this night,” he wrote. “Once I got to Levi’s Stadium, it was just different. This was a global event. I’ve never seen anything like it — there’s just nothing that compares to the Super Bowl. Who wouldn’t want to be on the Super Bowl sidelines with a “job” to take action shots of the game — the biggest game in the world?”

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