ESPN Photos of the Day
I just discovered two of my images from the Pirate game on Sept. 21 made ESPN's Photos of the Day.
This was a fabulous day of photography!
It was a 4:05 game and knew that in September is would be good for light, especially since it gets dark around 7:30 this time of year. I went down to start the game at field level, like I always do, when I realized that with the bright sun there were very long shadows across the field. I rushed back up the tunnel stairs and onto the club level to get a higher view and take advantage of the shadows. I made to the tv/media box in time for the first pitch by Wandy Rodriguez.
The shadows were fantastic - creating art by the simplest of images. I was firing away, looking for that perfect shot of pitcher with all the shadow in the frame. (I was using my D300 with 400/f2.8 to gain the extra magnification from the smaller sensor and its crop). It was a tight framing in the camera and had to take several frames to get just the right image. Once I captured the image of Wandy, I focused on the fielders. Luckily a ball was even hit to Starling Marte making for another nice image that uses the shadows to make it more interesting and dynamic.
The light didn't last long and by the second inning infield was in shadow and the magic light was gone. It was fun while it lasted and now the sun is setting on the Pirates season too.