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| p.1 #1 · Return to the diamond and wish I didn't... |
Well, after a long hiatus from any kind of real shooting got a small paid gig (single game) for one team and a chance to pitch a few sales to the opponent. Small potatos but at least getting back into the game a little, although after finding out the shooting conditions I'm thinking I should be offering a slight refund or request for a return game at a different venue. Issues? Evening game, sun setting behind the outfield... a completely fenced ENCLOSURE meaning the ONLY spot I could shoot without going through a tight chain link fence was from the home dugout, directly INTO the sun, and somewhat elevated too. I tried some through the screen but it didn't matter if it was the 70-200 or the 300, it was a tough screen to get decent results through given the position of the sun. Umps wouldn't "allow" me inside the enclosure. Weird stuff. Basically I had two angles at the game and didn't like either. I couldn't shoot along the first base line AT ALL because of a weird bullpen / pitching machine setup.
Anyway, a few shots to show you anyway... man, bad enough battling the rust, but this wasn't exactly an easy go even if I WAS on top of my game (which I'm not)...
A couple pitcher shots through the screen with some work in post...
... and one from the dugout...
... so you see the two basic angles I could get on the field, and the backlighting. These were heavily corrected in post.
The angle at a lefty batter...
However, this kind of infield dirt...
... makes for a great smoke shot on the next pitch...
A play at third I kind of liked despite the elevated shooting angle which drives me nuts...
"What does he MEAN, out?!!!"
Incidentally, if you were an average sized 13 or 14 year old third baseman and this Goliath was hurtling toward you on a close play, making this face, would you dig in for the tag?
Last shot, not a great one I realize, the joys of using a fixed 300 from behind the screen not expecting a play at the plate on a big hit, but tell me how in this cloud the ump could make the call on a tag?
At any rate, anyone have a day like this? What would be fair for the team if you were paid well to shoot a game and not happy with what you could get?
Feel free to bash, or at least offer some tips you use when you feel the conditions are against you...