Baseball Action

I had a chance to go to my friend’s son’s baseball tournament yesterday.  It was in the middle of the day and quite warm out, with a nice breeze.

Going to these games is a treat for me.  Having given up on professional baseball with all of the commercialization and high prices, I prefer this level of the game.  The kids on these teams really love the game and while some are exceptionally good, most seem to give it all they have.  I find it refreshing.

One of the other reasons I like these games are the photo opportunities.  There can be a lot of action, and I really enjoy trying to capture it.  Here’s an example:

Diving to 1st

Lately, I’ve been trying to keep an eye on the action around the field.  While there certainly is a lot of action at home plate, there are other things going on around the bases.  In the shot above, I was able to capture this player diving back to 1st from a long lead, just before the pitcher threw the ball to the 1st baseman.

Here’s a sequence of shots that I was able to grab when a player tried to steal 2nd:

Stealing 2nd, 1

Stealing 2nd, 2

Stealing 2nd, 3

All of the shots above were taken with my Canon 60D, and Tamron 200-500mm lens.  My settings were Aperture Priority mode, f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600th sec., and -0.3 on the exposure compensation.   The camera was set to AI Servo and to 5.5 fps.  All images are from RAW files, converted to .jpeg format using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop.

I really enjoyed watching the game, and getting in some photography at the same time.  If you know someone who has a kid playing on a team, check it out.  You may enjoy the game and even get a few good shots.  If you do, be sure to share them with the parents!

That’s it for now, until next time – Happy Shooting!