I wanted to show my diversity and let you know that I enjoy shooting a large variety of different types of subjects. I love baseball, mostly because it is played at a different pace than most other sports and although it is a team sport the focus is always on an individual, like the pitcher, or batter or runner.
When you shoot a baseball game you can always count on needing to be at the ballpark at least two hours before the game, and most games are three-plus hours long, so you can expect a very long day.
With Chase Field if the roof is closed you will struggle with lighting issues, I don’t care how much f2.8 glass you bring you will be pushing the ISOs to get your shutter speeds high enough to stop the action, that is just the way it is and you know that before you even get to the ballpark.
Chase Field is a great facility and tons of fun to shoot there, at times a real challenge, but always fun.
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Home team batting practice starts two hours before game time and about 45 minutes or so before they let the general public in to the ballpark.
In between shooting batting practices you can get a meal in the press dinning room, good food with a great view while you eat.
Once you have gotten something to eat you can head down to the field and look for shots. If you really look for things you can sometimes find great pools of light, or interesting angles to shoot from before the game starts.
Every team always has at least one “star” player that the press wants to get shots of, the fans love to hate some players and just love others, but they will always stand out from the other players just because of their “star” status. Manny Ramirez of the Los Angles Dodgers knows he is a star and let his guard down just long enough for me to catch this image.
Many time there is a former “star” player on the team as a batting coach or a pitching coach, and those players have been at this for a long time and know how to avoid the press and make sure you only get a shot of the back of their heads. Mark McGwire, the batting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals watches as players take batting practice while making sure not to face me and let me get a good shot.
Fans of all ages will stand behind the dugout during batting practice and beg for autographs, if you are a young fan and nice enough about it sometimes you can get the attention of your Major League Baseball hero and get an autograph, but sometimes you just don’t get that lucky.
If you look around there are lots of great images that can bring the magic of baseball alive.
Tony La Russa the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals doesn’t seem to smile much, but at times I could tell he was enjoying himself working with his team during the pre-game practice session.
Some of the players have pre-game rituals such as putting the pine-tar on their bats so they get a good grip at the plate.
In addition to the lighting challenges of shooting a night game or shooting with the roof closed you have to deal with the regular “baseball cap shadows” that all baseball photographers must deal with.
If you can work through the lighting issues and you have long enough glass you can get some great shots.
It’s not always about field-level shooting positions, sometimes you can get some nice shot from the press box that can give an overall view.
Don’t get me wrong, getting a nice portrait from the dugout is well worth the effort it takes to work for these shots.
Dugout shots can be powerful images, and are always some of my favorites.
I love baseball, how could you not love the greatest American sport.
There are so many different ways to see, and capture baseball images that I find it hard to show only batters, pitchers or field action in this post. I’ll post more baseball soon and hope you enjoyed this little look inside Chase Field and Major League Baseball.