Photography of the Penguins, Pirates, Steelers and Pitt in Pittsburgh, PA

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.

ESPN Photo of the Day

ESPN Photo of the Day - Pirates starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez allowed four runs and five hits in four innings Thursday against Milwaukee.


ESPN Photos of the Day

ESPN Photos of the Day - Travis Synder climbs the wall but can't catch a fly ball during the eighth inning in the game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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.

MLB: SEP 20 Brewers at Pirates

20 September 2012: Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6) fields a fly ball in the MLB game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh sports photography and sports art by Jeanine Leech.

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.


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