It's not the umps who are blind

TonyCooperTonyCooper Major grinsOrlando, FloridaPosts: 2,239Registered Users Major grins
edited December 29, 2015 in Sports
Not all sports shot keepers are those caught-the-action perfect shots. This one
is from an off-season Saturday game where my youngest grandson is batting
and my oldest grandson is catching.

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Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/

Comments

  • aj986saj986s Major grins Posts: 1,104Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 25, 2015
    What a great capture! clap.gif
    Tony P.
    Canon 50D, 30D and Digital Rebel (plus some old friends - FTB and AE1)
    Long-time amateur.....wishing for more time to play
    Autocross and Track junkie
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  • AceCo55AceCo55 Aussie Grinner Posts: 934Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 25, 2015
    This is what I love about sports photography.
    Sometimes you catch something that lasts for only an instant and would be missed by the naked eye.
    Some bragging rights there I think!!!

    Tony - your grandchildren are so lucky to have you documenting their junior sporting careers.
    I'm sure when they are middle aged (or older!) they will look back at these photos and think of how grateful they were to have such a grandfather.

    I don't always comment on your threads but I can assure you I look at them all.
    It's a bit like I'm watching your grandson's grow up from across the world.
    I take my hat off to you sir.
    My opinion does not necessarily make it true. What you do with my opinion is entirely up to you.
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  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,162Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 25, 2015
    OMG - I love this shot. Timing is everything - congrats Tony.
  • SeefutlungSeefutlung Unsharp at any Speed Posts: 2,781Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 25, 2015
    Laughing.gif!!! Everybody plays with their eye shut. That what I call sportsmanship and keeping the playing field level.
    My snaps can be found here:
    Unsharp at any Speed
  • TonyCooperTonyCooper Major grins Orlando, FloridaPosts: 2,239Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 25, 2015
    Thanks for the comments.

    I am one of those rare people who actually make prints of the photos
    and put them in an album. While the grandsons sometimes object to
    Grampa always sticking a camera in their face, when they are over at
    the house they often go through the albums from past years.

    They remember the play that was captured, and sometimes the entire
    game. They banter with each other about hits and misses and dropped
    balls.

    At the baseball academy session where this photo was taken, one of
    the other boys came up to me and asked if I had any photographs of
    him. He said he didn't have any photos of him in action. I found a
    couple, although not the best shots, and emailed them to his parents.

    Photographs may be snapshots, but they are snapshots of a moment
    in time that forever capture those moments of glory of youth sports.
    Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
    http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/
  • rainbowrainbow Major grins Posts: 2,765Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 26, 2015
    Well, the family resemblance in their expressions is there. I wonder if you look that way at the moment you snap the photos...

    It is really great that you are there to be a part of their childhood and support them. The photos are a bonus and it's heartwarming that you were able to email photos of the other player to his family.
  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Posts: 2,041Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 27, 2015
    TonyCooper wrote: »
    ...Photographs may be snapshots, but they are snapshots of a moment
    in time that forever capture those moments of glory of youth sports.

    Well said, Tony!

    Wayne
    "Photography is partly art and partly science. Really good photography adds discipline, sacrifice and a never ending pursuit of photographic excellence"...ziggy53

  • MitchellMitchell Major grins Posts: 3,503Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 29, 2015
    This is great.

    Years ago when my son played little league baseball, I was amazed at how often most of the kids had their eyes closed while batting and catching.
  • AceCo55AceCo55 Aussie Grinner Posts: 934Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 29, 2015
    Mitchell wrote: »
    This is great.

    Years ago when my son played little league baseball, I was amazed at how often most of the kids had their eyes closed while batting and catching.

    A long time ago, I read about a study showing that top line sports people don't actually watch the ball onto the racquet / bat etc. They track the ball and can then predict where the ball will be at the point of contact.

    I also get lots of eyes closed - especially when there is contact coming from an opponent ... but I also get quite a few players who poke out their tongues, just for a moment, at peak moments.
    I have a father and son who both do it - much to the amusement of the family!
    My opinion does not necessarily make it true. What you do with my opinion is entirely up to you.
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