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JohnG Apr 30, 2006 3:03 PM

A few from last week...

intensity...

http://john-g.smugmug.com/photos/67034539-M.jpg

Man, I should swung (yes you shoulda - strike three)

http://john-g.smugmug.com/photos/67034256-M.jpg

Amazingly, called out on the fielder's choice...

http://john-g.smugmug.com/photos/67033846-M.jpg

Commin' at ya...

http://john-g.smugmug.com/photos/67033551-M.jpg

Coming off the field after the put out

http://john-g.smugmug.com/photos/67033210-M.jpg

Tracking the ball...

http://john-g.smugmug.com/photos/67032917-M.jpg



Aaron Bell Apr 30, 2006 3:12 PM

Real nice shots with the baseball in many of the photos. Was there anything special you do to grab the ball in many of those shots?

k1par Apr 30, 2006 3:59 PM

Very good set. The last one is a real "impact" photo. It says a lot.

JohnG May 1, 2006 6:21 AM

Thanks guys!

Aaron - as for getting the ball inthe frame:

For batters: shoot with both eyes open - one eye in the viewfinder (camera focused on the batter with a decent bit of frame in front of the batter)the other watching the pitcher. Start your burst after the pitcher releases the pitch. I'll usually take a 4-5 shot burst. Even with the 5 fps on the 20d, I'll typically only get 1 of the 3 (ball coming into zone, contact or ball leaving bat). Of course, you still get a lot of throw aways because of a called ball or a swing and miss - but sometimes the results can still be good (the batter looking right at the ball in the one shot and you can see it heading right for the catcher's mit for a called strike). Typically if you wait for the batter to start swinging your reaction time and the shutter lag will make you miss the ball entirely.

In field: Track the player and not the ball - again, start the burst before the ball get's in the frame - this is exactly why fps and buffer capacity are important. On the outfield shot, it's easy to be wide enough on my frame as the players are so far away. Of course, my challenge there is other players, coaches or umpires getting in the frame which happens with annoying regularity - especially the base coaches who tend to move around a lot and ignore the designated coaches box :G



Angel L. May 1, 2006 11:03 AM

Great pics as usual. I like the expressions on the players.

JohnG May 1, 2006 3:04 PM

Thanks Angel. Now that spring is in full swing I'm glad to see things here in the Sports forum pick up again.


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