Photo of the Week #21 - Close Play

May 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.


This photo was taken at a minor league baseball game between the New Britain Rockcats and the Binghamton Mets.  The Rockcats are the "home team" dressed in red and the game took place in their stadium in New Britain, Connecticut.  My seat was on the first base side about 10 rows back so I had a pretty decent vantage point for most of the action.  To cover all the bases, (ooh, bad joke!), I brought 3 lenses with me to enable me to cover different fields of view.  I had my wide angle 10-22mm, my 17-55mm and my workhorse, the 70-200mm.


Sports photography is all about anticipation.  Having a decent knowledge of how the game is played will help you be better prepared to have your lens pointed in the right place a moment or two before the crucial "money shot" takes place.  In the photo above, there was a man on 1st base so I wagered a hunch that a good play might unfold at 2nd base.  Sometimes my guess is right, sometimes it is wrong....this time I was RIGHT!  The batter hit the ball to the 3rd baseman and he in turn threw the ball to 2nd base in hopes of getting the runner "out."  It really was a close play!  The runner just beat the throw so he was "safe" but the New Britain Rockcats managed to win the game.


Since 2nd base was kind of far away, I used my 70-200mm for this shot.  My goal was to zoom in close enough to see the action but I felt that the umpire was a necessary element in the photo so I did not want to leave him out.  The fast shutter of 1/2000 of a second allowed me to freeze the ball in mid air causing viewers to wonder the outcome of this close play.


Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/2000 sec at f3.2, ISO 200
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens set at 150mm


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