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fly to first base by Jim Horn

September 2020 - fly to first base

September 2020 - Jim Horn

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Sony α99ii, Tamron SP 150-600mm G2, 150mm, f/13, 1/1000 sec, ISO 1250, RAW, monopod and pistol grip ball head.
This was taken at a men’s baseball game in West Chester, PA. The runner is my grandson who was the pitcher for that game. He bunted on a curve ball and flew to first base. I was shooting at 12 frames per second. In this burst of 20 photos in 2 seconds I caught both of Andrew’s feet in the air 10 times, with just one foot in the air the rest of the times. I selected this photo because the pitcher and Andrew are symmetrical/mirrored. The opponent players in the background are in identical positions in the same uniform. The spectators are seated in a row. All faces are looking at Andrew flying to first base.
Five days later I was in a zoom meeting with Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Essdras M Suarez who emphasized all of these elements as top features of interest. Each photo should capture at least one of these elements. Essdras emphasized how separation is essential when photographing people.
I look at the photo with great attention and storytelling because it has so much interest - but maybe that’s because he is my grandson.
In Photoshop I cloned out the white sneakers of the spectator replacing the white for brown. This helped with separation. Using Camera RAW filter, I adjusted highlights, shadows, using dehaze and texture. I did exposure correction on the runner’s face, then cropped to a 4:3 ratio - eliminating the unneeded space on the left.
I have so many great features or great photos here. Do you think this photo has what it takes to be great?


8 comments posted




Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Jim this is great shot of your grandson. I like that you caught him in mid-air along with the concentration on his face in getting to first base and the opposing team's reaction. You did a great job bringing out the colors and details in the uniforms and spectators. My only suggestions are to crop out the legs of the two spectators behind the bleachers and eliminate the grass in the foreground by cropping the picture a little more, see my example. I think the foreground grass distracts from the visual effect of your grandson being in the air.   Posted: 09/01/2020 12:48:31
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Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Torro, thanks! I didn't notice the legs of people behind the empty bleachers. My thought about the grass in the foreground, which is in focus, was to attract up-close interest like you're standing right there - instead of looking at a photo from afar. Taking your idea, I cloned out the legs keeping so I didn't have to crop down from the top. I cropped a lot of the grass out but left some to anchor the foreground. Let me know your thoughts on this one. Jim   Posted: 09/01/2020 14:33:22
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Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Jim changes look great. I see your point in using the grass to anchor the foreground.   Posted: 09/01/2020 14:39:17



John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
Jim, Great capture !!! All the elements fit together in a well structured composition. I agree with leaving some grass at the image base. The amount cropped out might allow you to put some extra space at the top to keep the aspect ratio you desire. That could actually improve things since I felt the top edge is beginning to crowd on the helmet. One nit, I would clone out the vertical fence post just behind your grandson's neck and helmet. I would not touch the horizontal portion of the fence. You did a good job with the tones especially in his face. That was important in bringing out the intensity. Another small but important detail is the dirt spray under his left shoe.

Tab   Posted: 09/07/2020 11:08:45
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Tab, thank you for your careful review of the details. I understand that the fence post behind Andrew's neck is distracting. I did removing it. As for the dirt spray, this shows that both of Andrew's feet are in the air. The detached shadow shows he's airborne - so I darkened them. Jim   Posted: 09/07/2020 12:28:16
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Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Tab, thank you for your careful review of the details. I understand that the fence post behind Andrew's neck is distracting. I did remove it. As for the dirt spray, this shows that both of Andrew's feet are in the air. The detached shadow shows he's airborne - so I darkened the shadows of both legs. Jim   Posted: 09/07/2020 12:28:18
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Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Jim

I don't know much about baseball. But I can see that the two players in front are ll captured showing their reactions. You have captured the action at the right time when your grandson's feet are above ground.

It is unfortunate that there is a fence behind.

My only suggestion is to apply a slight vignette to focus more on the two key figures.   Posted: 09/11/2020 04:42:36
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Sam, thanks for the idea of a vignette. FYI baseball fields have to have a fence to mark "out of the park" home-runs. Jim   Posted: 09/11/2020 14:56:10



 

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