Making the Catch

Photo of the Day

Last night I covered the Purdue baseball game against UIC. It was a great game that saw a little drama at the end as well as a Purdue win. Early in the game I was concentrating on getting the shots that I needed, but then as the game goes on I can play around a little. This season I have been trying to get more of the outfielders making plays. With that in mind I have a little longer glass on than I normally would have. I put a 1.4x extender on my 300mm lens to make it about 420mm. That allows me a little longer reach for the outfield plays. I could just use my 6oD instead of the extender to get 1.6x with the crop factor, but I like the look of the images that the 5D Mark III gives me. There is something about the color that I really like. Sometimes I key on a player, and other times I have to find them quickly. On the ball hit above I had to find Kyle as he drifted back for the ball. Luckily the ball was in the air long enough for me to do it. Looking through the lens you can tell that the ball is almost there, and I hit the shutter twice. This is the result of that. I don’t think that this shot compares to the classic Willie Mays shot, but it might be as close as I can get to it. It really helps you appreciate the skill that it took to make that series of images with the equipment in use at the time.

Bonus Photos

Below are a couple more photos from the game that I liked, but my full gallery is up now at PurdueSports.com here. I also shot a couple innings of the Purdue softball game against #4 Michigan. I included a couple of images that I liked from that time as well at the end.




Old and New Together

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I like this image for several reasons. One of them is that I pretty much had Wrigley Field all to myself. I also like how the stadium has the signage up for the 100th Anniversary of the park. I was thinking about the historical nature of that anniversary when I saw a plea to ‘Like’ the Cubs on Facebook came across the famous marquee. I thought about how that really shows you just how much has changed in that time. I waited until it came across again with something with a  little Chicago flair came by. I was hoping for a Chicago Police car, but I settled for the cab. Our dinner at the Cubby Bear paid off as the light was also very good for this photo. The photo is a little bit of fantasy fused with reality, but it is one that I really like from the day.

Technical Data

For this photo I combined some old and new tricks together. On the scene I metered my exposure, and then bracketed at -2, 0, and +2 with a conversion to HDR in mind. Once I got home I ran the three photos through Photomatix Pro 5 to fuse them together. I used the ghosting feature to pick which of the three cabs that I would keep. As you can imagine the cab was moving, and instead of having three cabs to deal with partially ghosted this gave me one well formed cab. The process is very easy, and is something that I should use a lot more than I do. After the images were fused I sent the 32 bit file back into Lightroom 5 to edit it there. I started with the HDR Look preset by Matt Kloskowski. I really have been liking this preset lately, and no matter what else I tried on the photo I kept coming back to it. From there I made some minor and major adjustments to get the photo to look the way that I wanted it to.

Power to the People

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Here is another photo from the small photo excursion that I took into the old Purdue power plant. An abandoned building gives many textures that photographers love. It is hard to imagine what it was like for the workers as they toiled in what had to be a very hot environment. You can never know what it is like, but you can photograph what it is like now.

Technical Data

As with the other photos from the excursion I used the HDR Look preset in Lightroom by Matt Kloskowski as a starting point. From there it was a matter of tweaking the sliders to obtain the look that I really wanted. In the past this would have been a case to use three images to form an HDR image. With the power of a single metered RAW file though you have all of the data that you need in one photo.

A Different Kind of Basket

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On Easter Sunday I covered the Purdue Baseball game against Michigan. I got to the game a little early to make some pictures of the park. While I was in the dugout I saw the basket of baseballs. On a day when kids everywhere find baskets left for them I thought that this was pretty cool. Instead of eggs this basket was full of baseballs. I moved one ball to show the NCAA logo a little better, but everything else was just as I found it. For some reason I really like this photo. I think it is the simple nature of it.

Bonus Photos

As with all games I have a couple ways to see more images from the day. The first is a photo that I placed below. It is of the second set of Purdue baseball cards that were released yesterday. Some of the cards feature my images which is pretty cool. I have talked about it on social media, but 30 years ago I traded some french fries for a 1984 Topps Vance Law card. It was the start of a few years of heavy collecting. Now as an adult it is awesome to see my work end up on a card. Series three comes out next Sunday, so head out to the park to get your set. You can see my photo gallery from the game here at PurdueSports.com. I also created an Exposure page for the weekend. Between those two you can get a pretty good idea of what I shot this past weekend.

 

Bonus Video

Since today is Dyngus Day I thought that I would include a bonus video. Enjoy your day!

Safe In a Cloud of Dust

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Yesterday was another busy day. I photographed the Purdue women’s tennis win over Michigan State, and then made my way over to Alexander Field to photograph the Purdue baseball win over Michigan. It was a fun day of photographing that left me with a few images that I enjoyed. One of them that I really enjoyed is the above image of Purdue second baseman Cody Strong sliding into third base. Strong was on second base when I turned my camera vertical to get a shot of him running towards third. A fly ball was hit to right field, and sure enough Strong tagged up. I had some nice shots of him running right at me, and then I realized that he was going to come in just a little behind the ball. A creative slide later, and I had my photo. He was safe on the play, and I had my first really good image of the day. Once that one is out of the way the pressure is off, and you can have some fun. For some reason Strong was in many of the photos that I liked from the game yesterday. Sometimes it seems as if a player will really take over a photo gallery. I try to spread out the wealth, but one player will make sure that they get in more than some others.

Bonus Photos

As I said above I made images for two sports yesterday so I have two galleries up on PurdueSports.com. You can find my tennis gallery here, and my baseball gallery here. With that being said here are a few other shots that I liked from the day.





Just Out Of Reach

Photo of the Day

Last night I covered the opening game of the Purdue baseball series against the Michigan Wolverines. Once again I was able to see a great game that needed extras to finish it. This game went 12 innings with Michigan getting the decisive run. The article in the local paper today talked about how Purdue has lost many close conference games, and this was yet another one. Despite the dropping temperatures during the game I had some fun making some pictures again.

Bonus Photos

You can view my gallery from the game here on PurdueSports.com. I included a couple of other pictures below for fun. The first one is in the Purdue gallery, but I wanted to talk about it a bit. This is part of a three shot burst as the runner came home. I quickly moved my camera to make the picture of the play at the plate, but my focus did not grab the players right away. In fact this is the middle frame, and I think the best action of the series. It also was the only one in focus. Sometimes on a quick shot you need a little luck. The second photo is another try at a multi exposure. I have had some luck with Tim McElroy so I thought that I would try it again. I have some work to do here to make the image that I really want to make. The third photo is a quick portrait that I took of Purdue Pete on the field prior to the game.


Bonus Video

Last night I set up the Hero 3+ Black in the press box to try a time-lapse. This is the first game of the season that really would go form daylight to darkness so I wanted to see how the Go Pro would handle that. A few clouds would have been great for the sunset, but you can’t have everything. I set the Go Pro up to make a picture every 5 seconds. I thought that during a game like baseball that should be quick enough. I also set it up to record the 12mp file for this project. I have been making my time-lapse videos using 7mp files, but I thought that if one frame stood out I could have a bigger file. I don’t think that you will notice the difference in the 5mp’s during the video. Making the actual time lapse is fairly easy using the Go Pro Studio app. I just put all of my photos into one file, and import them into the app. It builds the video for me. From there I make any adjustments that I feel are necessary, and add some music to it. I would like to say that I choose each piece of music because it fits the video so well, but with limited time involved I using pick a royalty free song that is about the same length as my video. Anyway I hope you enjoy the video that is below.

 

Through This Door

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This photo just feels right for today. This is a door of St. John the Evangelist Church in Indy. This was the first Catholic Church in Indianapolis, and the second iteration of that church.. The architecture is amazing, and is what I think of when I think of a church. It really does not matter what the church looks like, but there is something to be said for a large cathedral like this. This church has stood here since 1893. There is a lot of beauty here, but I thought that I would focus on one of the details here.

Technical Data

I ran this photo through a preset called HDR Look by Matt Kloskowski. I tweaked the sliders just a bit to get the image that I imagined on the scene that day.

Day at the Bean

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One of the highlights of a trip to Chicago is a trip to the Bean as I call it. The actual name of this work of art if Cloud Gate. As a photographer you love reflections, and the bean gives you plenty of them. Some of them can be quite interesting as well. For this past trip I tried to photograph the bean a little differently than I usually have. I wanted to show some of the people as well. In past trips I went early in the morning when I would be the only one there. If someone else was around I would wait them out. For this trip I wanted to show just how big of a draw the bean was. Even on a cold day with a threat of rain many tourists made their way to the large structure to take their picture with it.

Technical Data

For this photo I used the HDR Look preset by Matt Kloskowski as a starting point. From there I worked the sliders to give the photo a look that was more what I had in mind. I love the HDR Look presets, but I do not like the vignette that they have. That is usually the first thing to go.

Frozen in Time

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Last night I photographed the Purdue baseball game against Butler. There comes a point in every baseball game when you feel as if you have it all covered. You have some fielding shots. You have good coverage of the pitcher. At this time I usually try and guess where the ball is going to end up. Every now and then though I try something a little different. With the batter in the shadows I wanted to try and stop the ball halfway to home. As fast as it moves it is not an easy chore, and getting the writing to show the way that it did here was just a stroke of luck. I think that as the season progresses I may have a chance to stop the ball in a spot of light coming through the stadium with both the pitcher and batter in shadows. I am shooting two games this weekend so I will see what I can do. My best bet will be Friday night as the Boilers take on Michigan.

Bonus Photos

My gallery from the game can be seen on PurdueSports.com here. I thought that I would include a couple of bonus shots here that I liked from the celebration as well. When you win in the 10th on a walk off you know that some good pictures will be somewhere on the field. These two shots were probably just two of many that I could have made.

#lafayettebrawlindolls

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This past weekend was very full. I had planned to post a picture from the roller derby game earlier, but I wanted to finish putting all of my derby related things together. For some reason I have decided that for derby I would try a bunch of things at once which sounds great, but just adds to the workload after the bout. I have gotten it down to a science though. This photo was one that I stumbled upon, but was glad to make. The Brawlin’ Dolls set up a new photo booth at the game so that fans could make and share images from their night. I saw what was happening, and hurried up to get into position. Thankfully people are nice, and don’t mind me breathing down their neck to get the shot. The action shots from the bout are great, but I love these little moments much more.

Bonus Photos

Ok so here is where it gets fun. I have posted a little over 250 photos on my Facebook page here. They are not the nice high res images that I like to show everyone, but they are what Facebook allows me to publish. For this game I also put together another Exposure page. I love recapping the bout in long form this way. It lets me use my photos in a way that has a little punch to it. The same photos on this site would not look as nice. You can view the site here. I have branched out to trying a little basketball and baseball, but I think it has more potential for those two sports than I have used. I have an idea for a long form baseball post on there, but I need to set a couple of things up first. I would like to find a team that would give me the access to shoot some things that you normally do not see during a game.

Time-lapse Video

Once again I have made a time-lapse video from the bout. I wanted to show the set up and takedown of the venue, but for some reason it just seemed long. I might just go back to just showing the four hour block that I am at the venue on the day of the bout. The video is below, let me know what you think.