Thursday, July 26, 2007

Baseball can be a vexing sport to shoot. There can be lots of runs scored, but no actual "plays" happening. Even if there are plays, you have to have the right lens and the right angle to get a good 1/2000 sec image out of it. At yesterday's Trenton Thunder game, I had the luxury of being able to spend an hour and a half before my next assignment, so I had high hopes for something good happening. It didn't, so I thought I better go with the old stand-by pitcher picture. I crouched between rows to at least get an angle where the pitcher's release lined up with an interesting element on the wall behind him. I remember reading a quote from Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss. "Watch your backgrounds." I thought that was a strange thing to say, since sports photography is so subject-oriented, but the advice comes in handy in a case like this.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Trenton Thunder's # 28 Carlos Mendoza is tagged out at home by catcher #24 Drew Butera. For those who might not know, The Thunder are the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. I heard the crowd groan when their guy was called out, but I guess the photo proves the umpire right, but at full speed, who could really judge?