Tonight we went to the Junior Varsity Baseball game between the West Lafayette Red Devils and the Harrison Raiders. I had a goal in mind which was to shoot the game through the chain link fence. I tried to get some shots from near the dugout, but I wanted to try some techniques shooting through an object. Tonight’s picture was taken as the catcher popped up and threw the ball to first. I was taking some shots of a Harrison batter when he laid down a bunt. I was in manual focus at the time so I quickly focused on the catcher who pounced on the bunt and threw the ball to first. The cool thing about this picture is that it was shot through the chain link fence. It is amazing to me just how clear that you can make things even with an obstruction in the way.

I have been shooting a lot of landscapes lately so I have had my camera set to record the images in the RAW format as well as JPEG. This comes in handy sometimes as I can make an HDR shot out of just one frame. Just for fun I threw this picture into Photomatix to see what it would look like. I was happy with the original, but once I saw the HDR version I no longer liked my original. I just tweaked my normal landscape settings, and it really brought out the color. I may have to mess around with HDR and sports a lot more this summer.

By the way yesterday was the best day yet for this little blog. This has been a fun experiment shooting at least one picture everyday, and it still amazes me how many people have come along for the ride. I just wanted to say thank you to all of those who stop by everyday. As I near the halfway point of this project I think that it will be the audience that helps me drive towards the finish.

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About Pinola Photo

Sports photographer based in West Lafayette, IN. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto

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