Dorinda Wills  

Concentration by Dorinda Wills

March 2020 - Concentration

March 2020 - Dorinda Wills


About the Image(s)

This is our grandson, pitching for his college team. I've been photographing him since T-ball days. The challenge to baseball is photographing through the chain link fence. For this image I used my trusty Tamron 16-300mm at 240mm. My Nikon 500 has a crop sensor. The most significant changes I made were first, to clone out a horizontal and vertical bars in the background fence as well as their shadows as I found them distracting. Second, I gave it a slight HDR effect in Topaz Studio. I wasn't sure if the player in the background added or subtracted from the image? See both versions (the one with still has some of the fence bars but I can remove them if needed.)

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7 comments posted

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
Beautiful image, dynamic, sharp show all fillings. I love it. great job   Posted: 03/02/2020 08:50:04

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Nice grandson and nice processing. I think it was correct to remove the other player. To me there are three points of interest in this shot, the head, the glove, and the hand gripping the ball. I kind of wish that I could see more of the hand and ball so that I could try to deduce what pitch he was going to throw.   Posted: 03/02/2020 19:50:19
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Thanks. I will fill you in.... it was a fast ball.
  Posted: 03/02/2020 20:00:54

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Very nice, Dorinda. I especially like the lighting in this photograph. Often in these "publicity" shots, but not in this shot, the cap shades the eyes. Here we have a nice shot of his face. The uniform is sharp and stands out from the darker background. I agree with cropping out the other player.   Posted: 03/11/2020 19:09:54
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Thank you Jon. I was especially happy I caught him looking at his target as well.
  Posted: 03/11/2020 21:50:40

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Hi, just visiting. I love baseball (life long Cub fan) so I had to check out this photo. Background looks great---almost like Wrigley with the tarp in center field. What you did worked really well. The eyes are everything and they tell the story. I agree with Robert about wanting to see the grip. Baseball fans really like that part.

Since I'm sure you will photograph this budding star again, try slowing the shutter speed and get the shot with his throwing arm just as it comes forward with a bit of motion blur. Very dramatic. The post the shot because I want to see it! Good luck. :-)

I photographed College Baseball for years---got any questions? Get a bag of peanuts and we can chat digitally.   Posted: 03/12/2020 21:18:16

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I agree that cropping out the player in the back was the right move. I think he would be distracting. I like the over-all crop you chose with this image. I think it is a great action shot and the slight Her effect you did makes him pop off the page. The upper left corner feels a little dark to me-in a strange way, but I can get over it!!   Posted: 03/16/2020 09:53:33