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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · MLB from the seats. Any tips?


Going to a game and sitting 9 rows back behind the plate and slightly towards third. I can bring my Pen-F and 75mm 1.8 to the park.
I am hopeful I can get a batter, catcher and umpire group shot with the 150mm equivalent length. Maybe a cropped shot of the pitchers. Not expecting anything the level of shots posted here, but Iím gonna take a swing at it.
My main question is minimum shutter speed needed to freeze a major league swing. Any other tips are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance



May 25, 2023 at 07:22 PM
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You want the shutter speed at least 1/1000 of a second but I like to get it up to 1/2000 if I can get it. Depends on the time of the day whether you can get that or not.


May 25, 2023 at 07:52 PM
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Thank you for that. Itís an evening game so I know I will practicing my post production skills as well as the game shooting.
Even if I only get a picture of the mascot, the worst case is I get to enjoy a big league game.



May 25, 2023 at 10:28 PM
 


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With it being a Major League Park, I'm sure the lighting will be pretty good. If it is a nationally televised game then lighting shouldn't be too much of an issue.


May 26, 2023 at 06:56 AM
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Now that I have done it, I will leave my thoughts. Thank you ronlane again for your input.
My intention was to get a good shot that I could print for my friend and grandson that they would enjoy. I also wanted to watch the game and have fun, which brings me to my first thought.

1) From the seats itís much harder to do than the pros in the well with 20+ pounds of gear and pods. (DUH)
Their shots will be much better so keep your expectations in check. That doesnít mean you canít get something you would be proud of, but the hit rate will be very small. I took over 1000 shots and got a dozen solid ones. While this may seem even ridiculous to some, much of it was learning and practice. I expect next time to be much better. The keepers though were solid and I tend to be very picky.

2) AFTER a home run is good opportunity that I missed the first time. I got the HR swing but went into fan mode giving high fives and yelling as he trotted toward first. Thus I missed shots rounding third and stepping on the plate which would have been desirable. Thankfully it was a multi homerun game.

3) Keep both eyes open while shooting. I found out when I did that I had the pitcher in my peripherial vision, even though he was out of the frame. It really helped me with the timing of the ball crossing the plate to see the windup.

4) Manual focusing can work. At least it did for me. I preset focus on third when there was a man on second and waited. Me and my gear were not optimized for nailing AF when the action was happening fast.

5) Bring one more battery than you think you need and maybe an extra card. Theyíre small and you would not want that to be a limiting factor.

That is I can think of for now. Please add anything pertinent if you wish.
I admit I am a rookie at this but wow it was fun. I appreciate the Mariners policy of letting a fan bring a small camera. As a shutterbug it really added to my game experience.









May 31, 2023 at 12:03 PM
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Thanks for the follow up on this. I was wondering how it went for you.

You expressed it pretty accurately from a fan from the stands perspective.

I guess I have just shot so many minor league games from the well and with the equipment I have (300 and 400mm lenses) that I forgot what it was like shooting with anything else.

I shoot from the stands at the minor league level but with a 400mm and a 1dx mk II. But I don't stay there long.

If I were to go with family and friends to a game, I just typically leave any camera gear at home except for my phone.

You shot over a 1,000 shots from the stands. Wow, you were busy doing that.

Glad I could help you with any information that I could provide.



May 31, 2023 at 01:19 PM







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