The photographer explains his actions here.
Preparation is key.
No. Just making excuses. (should have said that wasn't my day, sorry I messed up)
As one of the comments said it in that article: "Stop making excuses for this ...!"
Look at his "red carpet work"... even with the time issue those are just as bad snapshots as these.
How he got the job or the award for that photo is beyond me...