MLB Kansas City at Seattle

Jester243Jester243 Registered Users Posts: 51 Big grins
edited May 14, 2016 in Sports
I have for some reason never brought my camera to a Mariners game and we had 14th row seats so I thought I would give it a go. I was shooting across the crowd and there was a guy with a hunters orange hat that left an unfortunate orange glow on the bottom of some of my pics. I was happiest with these, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I was shooting in manual and I'm still trying to get the hang of it to where I feel comfortable. I was changing ISO on a lot as with my lens I was struggling to get enough light to freeze the action.

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26489517660_5819901bff_k.jpgKyle Seager by Dan Price, on Flickr

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26695289281_b4f685a801_k.jpgDSC_8627.JPG by Dan Price, on Flickr

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26735968846_0d274462d3_k.jpgWade Miley by Dan Price, on Flickr

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26736986876_2bcfe6e81c_k.jpgSalvador Perez by Dan Price, on Flickr

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26158750303_75753e884e_k.jpgSafeco field by Dan Price, on Flickr

Comments

  • WirenWiren Registered Users Posts: 741 Major grins
    edited May 4, 2016
    Can I invite myself up for a game....?!? Wow, other than possibly correcting the horizons....., I think these are excellent! thumb.gif
    Lee Wiren
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Registered Users Posts: 3,807 Major grins
    edited May 4, 2016
    ah, reminds me of the many games I saw in the Kingdome. Great shots!

    -- Sara
  • Jester243Jester243 Registered Users Posts: 51 Big grins
    edited May 4, 2016
    ah, reminds me of the many games I saw in the Kingdome. Great shots!

    -- Sara

    Thank you, I love Safeco field but I have a lot of great memories of the Kingdome.
    Wiren wrote: »
    Can I invite myself up for a game....?!? Wow, other than possibly correcting the horizons....., I think these are excellent! thumb.gif

    Thank you, and you should swing by, Safeco is a beautiful ball park, unfortunately it is also in the top 5 for most expensive fan experience among all MLB stadiums. I paid $12 for a beer and I think $7 for a hotdog.
  • jheftijhefti Registered Users Posts: 734 Major grins
    edited May 4, 2016
    This is actually a pretty good angle for being in the stands--not easy!

    Overall these are really nice. Baseball is hard to shoot because it is so slow, except when it's not and then it's really fast. Here are some of my tips for capturing action in what is otherwise a slow game:

    1. Batters: The hardest shot to get is the bat connecting with the ball. This is part luck, part timing. (Don't rely on burst mode; even the fastest frame rates are too slow.) However, some of the most interesting shots are after the batter has hit the ball and he's heading away from the plate and following the trajectory of the ball. Here you have a chance to capture the face, the body in motion and the bat being flung away. It's not hard to get these, but you need to remember that the action doesn't end after the ball is hit.

    The other standard good shot of the batter is the brief time just as the ball is pitched when the batter lifts his front leg in anticipation. He's off balance and ready to swing.

    Lastly, don't forget about the reactions after a batter strikes out. These are some of the best images in baseball.

    2. Field plays: Here you just need some luck and anticipation. For example, if there's a runner on first and the team needs to get him into scoring position, be ready for the steal or the double play. If you're lucky you'll get the second baseman jumping in the air and throwing to first just as the runner is sliding in. The other nice shot is the shortstop or third baseman diving to catch the ball. About the only way I've found to get this is to have the camera on the field player BEFORE the play.

    3. Pitchers: I always look for the distinctive moves of each individual pitcher. Sometimes it's the windup, other times it's well after the release.

    4. Settings: For any action shot you'll want to shoot at 1/1250-1/1600. It looks like you have some room to bump up your ISO in these shots, but I don't know what your upper limit is on this particular body.

    Hope this helps!

    John
  • Jester243Jester243 Registered Users Posts: 51 Big grins
    edited May 4, 2016
    jhefti wrote: »
    This is actually a pretty good angle for being in the stands--not easy!

    Overall these are really nice. Baseball is hard to shoot because it is so slow, except when it's not and then it's really fast. Here are some of my tips for capturing action in what is otherwise a slow game:

    1. Batters: The hardest shot to get is the bat connecting with the ball. This is part luck, part timing. (Don't rely on burst mode; even the fastest frame rates are too slow.) However, some of the most interesting shots are after the batter has hit the ball and he's heading away from the plate and following the trajectory of the ball. Here you have a chance to capture the face, the body in motion and the bat being flung away. It's not hard to get these, but you need to remember that the action doesn't end after the ball is hit.

    The other standard good shot of the batter is the brief time just as the ball is pitched when the batter lifts his front leg in anticipation. He's off balance and ready to swing.

    Lastly, don't forget about the reactions after a batter strikes out. These are some of the best images in baseball.

    2. Field plays: Here you just need some luck and anticipation. For example, if there's a runner on first and the team needs to get him into scoring position, be ready for the steal or the double play. If you're lucky you'll get the second baseman jumping in the air and throwing to first just as the runner is sliding in. The other nice shot is the shortstop or third baseman diving to catch the ball. About the only way I've found to get this is to have the camera on the field player BEFORE the play.

    3. Pitchers: I always look for the distinctive moves of each individual pitcher. Sometimes it's the windup, other times it's well after the release.

    4. Settings: For any action shot you'll want to shoot at 1/1250-1/1600. It looks like you have some room to bump up your ISO in these shots, but I don't know what your upper limit is on this particular body.

    Hope this helps!

    John

    Thanks that is some really awesome feedback! I have some of the hitters at the moment of swinging as well as some check-swings too. I also have some decent ones of both pitchers but because I couldn't get the shutter fast enough (my fault for having the ISO too low) I ended up with too much blur in the pics.

    For example here is Seager hitting a 3-run home run:

    26158729193_18ca7b492e_k.jpgKyle Seager 3-run home run by Dan Price, on Flickr

    and a couple others with pitchers showing some of the extreme arm angles they hit during the pitch. I am really not sure how high I could push the ISO before it gets grainy and weird, I think most were 800-1000 that night. One benefit of Safeco field is that all the lighting is now LED so the light is pretty even, so much better then the old field lighting. Baseball can be a little slow at times and I got bored and I did get some candid shots of the players in the dugout. This one I need to redo, I wasn't happy with how it came out:

    26489513340_56938f1cae_k.jpgThe King Felix Hernandez by Dan Price, on Flickr
  • jheftijhefti Registered Users Posts: 734 Major grins
    edited May 4, 2016
    Thanks, Dan--the first shot of the batter swinging is timed really well! Just need to push up the shutter speed so that the batter is not blurred. I generally don't mind if the ball and even the tip of the bat has some motion artifact; in fact, I think it looks weird if it doesn't, as both are moving really fast and you want to convey that.

    Candids are always really fun, especially in baseball because it's so slow.

    Look forward to seeing more images from future games!

    John
  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft Registered Users Posts: 2,987 Major grins
    edited May 4, 2016
    John's comments reminded me of this shot, one of the best...

    ted_cover-1yf8dyz.jpg
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
  • jheftijhefti Registered Users Posts: 734 Major grins
    edited May 14, 2016
    John's comments reminded me of this shot, one of the best...

    ted_cover-1yf8dyz.jpg

    Yep, despite all the technical limitations of the time, it tells the story really well!
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