Next up in my Best of 2010 series is my best of baseball photos. I didn’t shoot near as much baseball as I did the previous year so this showing is less than the level I am used to but here we go.
By standing directly behind home plate at Peoria Stadium during a spring training game I was able to mess around with some layering type shots as Seattle Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee pitched against the Texas Rangers. I won’t lie, that photo took several images to get one I liked.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Manual
At a Texas Longhorns college game in Austin, TX I shot the below frame of left fielder Jonathan Walsh making a sliding catch for an out against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. I love the intensity in his eyes, if only the ball was in the frame….
Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual
The below frame of Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton in the dugout is a photo I really liked because it has a very monochromatic look to it with the exception of the bright green gatorade cup.
Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 640iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual
Below, Arizona Diamondbacks baserunner Gerardo Parra is tagged out at the plate by Chicago Cubs catcher Chris Robinson at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 320iso, f4, 1/2500th, Manual
Using the multiple exposure feature on the Nikon D700 I shot three frames in one to produce the below frame as Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren throws a pitch on opening day.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Below are a few more Dan Haren photos from a beautifully lit field on opening day.
Nikon D700, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 400iso, f4.5, 1/6400th, Manual
With Haren in the shade I exposed for the sunlight grandstands which produced the below silhouette.
Nikon D700, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 400iso, f5, 1/8000th, Manual
Below, San Diego Padres second baseman David Eckstein goes airborne as he throws to first to complete the double play above sliding Arizona Diamondbacks base runner Mark Reynolds.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
The bat of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Ryan Church flies through the air as he heads towards first base after being walked, below.
Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Manual
Below, I held the camera above my head with the wide angle lens close to a window on a hinge in the press box to produce a perfect reflection of the field during the Diamondbacks game against the Brewers.
Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Below, Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks leaps over Arizona Diamondbacks base runner Augie Ojeda after forcing him out at second to start a double play in the fifth inning at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
By holding the camera down low to the ground with a wide angle lens looking up I was able to get a nice angle of Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Craig Counsell as he warmed up (below) prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Manual
In the ninth inning of a mid summer game there was a small light pocket on the field between second and third base, by exposing for the highlights it produced very dramatic light as Arizona Diamondbacks base runner Stephen Drew runs towards third against the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field, below.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Manual
Below, Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson leaps into the air as he throws to first base after forcing out Los Angeles Dodgers base runner (55) Russell Martin in the sixth inning at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Below, I went to Grand Junction, CO over the summer to shoot baseball phenom Bryce Harper in his last few games as an amateur before being selected first overall in the 2010 MLB draft. The goal was to get some cool shots of him. It did not take long. In the first inning Harper successfully stole home (below) where he knocked the ball out from the glove of Faulkner State Sun Chiefs catcher Stephen Clarke.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Manual
The next day the played a late afternoon game that went into darkness. Right around sunset I laid down on the ground (in foul territory) behind the on deck circle and shot up at Bryce Harper taking practice swings. I underexposed the shot by a few stops to produce the below silhouette.
Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 250iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Below, after hitting a three run home run Harper would lift a fist into the air to celebrate as he rounded the bases.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual
Below, Colorado Rockies baserunner Brad Hawpe slides safely into second with a stolen base as Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Augie Ojeda leaps for an errant throw in the sixth inning at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Below, Atlanta Braves centerfielder Nate McLouth (right) and right fielder Jason Heyward collide while chasing a fly ball in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
For the below shot of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter I zoomed in tight on just his eyes and hat. I really like how it came out.
Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Manual
Dumb luck has been responsible for many of my favorite photos throughout the course of my career. Something as dumb luck as a fans flash firing can make a photo interesting.
Below, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (right) throws the ball as Arizona Diamondbacks baserunner Kelly Johnson is caught in a run down at Chase Field, below.
Nikon D700, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
A new tradition started by the Diamondbacks this season was the Legends Race where guys in huge oversized masks of former Dbacks “legends” race around the field.
Below, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (right) looks on as mascots of former Arizona Diamondbacks players run during the Diamondbacks legends race at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Young makes a leaping catch in the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field, below.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Below, Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds (right) tags out Cincinnati Reds baserunner Brandon Phillips during a fifth inning run down at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/100th, Manual
Late in the season even with the roof closed we sometimes get really cool light shafts that come in through some of the large windows near the top of the stadium bathing the field in cool patterns of light.
Below, San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos is lit by a light pocket as he pitches in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Manual
Here is another example of the same light, this time on Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson as he bats against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field, below.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/8000th, Manual
Prior to a Royals vs Tampa Bay game in Kansas City I shot the below frame of Kansas City Royals pitcher Kyle Davies as he warmed up on the field with a cool LCD screen behind him at Kauffman Stadium.
Nikon D700, 400mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Manual
And we end my best of baseball photos with a shot of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper as he takes the field for the first time in his Nationals uniform for an Arizona Fall League game in Scottsdale, AZ
Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Manual
Next up in my Best of 2010 blogs is my best basketball photos.
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