Meridian High School baseball hosted Burlington-Edison on Monday afternoon April 28th and then on Wednesday April 30th hosted Lynden Christian. Although the Trojans played well, they lost both games 4-1 and 5-4.
Back to First –
Tough losses as they have the passion to play in their hearts which shows on the field. Senior David Anderson (2), and sophomore Devyn Holmes (3) consistently throw well. It just seems the opposing teams find their pitches quick.
Recently I was asked what my camera and gear is when shooting sports. I use my Nikon D300s as my main body, a 17-35 f/2.8 and 80-200 f.2.8 Nikon lenses as my main glass. The telephoto is obvious why: to bring in the action.
Warming Up –
The wide-angle is for more creative shots like those from the dugout or during practice and warm-up. But what I look for in the game are those subtle moments that can make or break the play and help define the game.
To get those, I can’t be relegated to one spot. Usually that is at the first base line just inside the fence. You can change between innings, but you can’t move. So to solve it, I just shoot from the outside over the fence.
This allows me to shoot behind home plate to get photos of the pitcher in action, to a position near Third base, then move back to the First base line. The freedom of movement and short fences make it a bit better than being stuck in one spot 2 feet closer.
On The Bat –
Of course, I must mention the fencing at Meridian is just at 42 inches. So peering over is no big deal. The only issue I have is the black netting behind home plate. I shoot through it but I am careful to keep the lens centered at one of the holes.
This is obvious in some of the shots as you look at the pattern in the specular highlights you can see the lines created by the netting. No big deal.
Barely Makes It –
I usually place my self in a position where I think the next big play will be. But I continue to watch the game and adjust. Improvise, adapt, overcome.
For example: If there is a runner on first with no outs, I keep focused on Second base and anticipate the run and slide. If there are two outs, then I focus on 3rd BUT keep an eye on Second.
High Fives –
While in college, I interned at the Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah for six months. My editor August Miller taught me this simple philosophy when on an assignment: Start with Wide, Medium, and Tight shots. Get the basics out-of-the-way, and then stretch yourself.
Simply, watch your compositions as you shoot an overall, move in a little more, and then some nice close shots. While doing this, pay attention to various compositions you can exploit and get creative. it let you explore with your camera.
Learning the Timing –
Too many photographer I know just stand around and wait for something to happen. When you do that, you end up missing fun compositions and capturing great moments. Not just in sports, but in everyday life events.
The “Wide, Medium, Tight” doesn’t always mean shooting an over all with a wide-angle, or a tight shot with a telephoto. It means using the best tool to say what you feel.
Celebrate Good Times –
Let’s take a crowded street during a festival. You can get above the crowd and shoot with a wide-angle. But this will also increase the distances between the close up subjects. However, a telephoto from the same perspective will compress the individuals to a single mass, therefore enhancing the feel of the crowd.
The same can be said of “Tight.” You can move i close to a subject and use a wide-angle lens to tighten the composition of your subject. Understanding the effects of focal length, distance to subject, and aperture are a key step in helping you improve your photography.
Lyncs Pitcher –
Safe or Out?
One tip I can give you while shooting sports like baseball: Pay close attention to the game every minute. Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. From a runner stealing base to an errant hit that comes your way.
Close Call Sequence-
Obscured by Dust:
Showing the Ball:
Personally during the play and after editing the images, I think Linderman was safe. But there is no crying, nor replay, in baseball.
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