There has been a lot of buzz around the Purdue Baseball program lately. People are starting to figure out that this is a special team. I first noticed the extra attention by the large crowd for the game that never happened Wednesday. This weekend there was a large crowd for all of the games. It is good to see the kids getting some love even though the support could be greater. Today was one of those days that you have in baseball no matter how good you are. Things just don’t always go your way. The hits came at the right time for Michigan State, and our well struck balls went right to someone. All is not lost though. This is still a great team that has a lot of games left ahead of them.

This was not my best shot of the day, but I included it for a couple of reasons. The first is that it kind of summed up the day for Purdue. The other reason is that it was a little different from anything else that I took. After shooting baseball for three days in a row at the same park everything started to feel the same. This picture was a quick pan and shoot that I think turned out okay.

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I used to watch roller derby as a kid. I believe it was on TNN before it completely changed formats. It was fun and exciting. Imagine my wonder when I found out at the end of this winter that Lafayette had a roller derby team. As a photographer I knew that I wanted to attend a bout just to get some pictures. Last night was the third bout that I attended, and it was very fun. I only took pictures during the first half, but I felt that I had captured some moments which is what photography is all about. Roller derby is not a bloodthirsty sport, but every now and then you capture a look on the face of someone that makes it look worse than it actually is. I think that I captured that here as two of the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls bear down on a Southern Illinois girl. I shot with my 50mm fixed lens because it gave me the most light possible indoors. That may have cropped out some of the heads, but the feel of the picture remains intact. This was by far my favorite of the bunch, and therefore is the photo of the day.

A link to my set from the bout can be found by clicking here, or just hitting the Facebook link on the bottom of the page. Enjoy the pictures and I hope to see you at the next bout!

Yesterday while at the Purdue baseball game I nearly had an experience that I thought would have happened by now. In the sixth inning Angelo Cianfrocco came up to the plate and hit a ball right at me. The ball hit the fence in front of me hard enough that I felt it. I thought that I would share one of the series of pictures that I took as the ball came in my direction. The rest of the series as well as more pictures from the game can be found here on my Google+ page.

Today I got off of work and went to the Purdue Baseball game against Michigan State. This is a huge series for a team that is on the verge of their first Big Ten Title since 1909. I was excited to capture some of the game action, but I also saw the way that the clouds were forming and decided to get this shot as well. This is a six shot HDR that looks pretty good considering most of the crowd didn’t move. I don’t think I could have gotten them to stay that still if I had told them too. I used the wide angle for this shot which I think adds to the look. I really need to get a ballpark shot at night with this lens, and convert it to HDR. I won’t have to be wide open with the lens if I can get further back, and maybe I can get rid of some of the blurring on the edges. The Boilers won the game 6-2, and I got my shot of the day. All in all I would say it was a good day.

Today was a long day at work. When I first got home I really did not have any intention of getting out the DSLR camera. I was going to phone it in again with my iPhone. For some reason though I looked on Google+ and saw some great pictures. I was instantly inspired, but there was not a cloud in the sky. The shot that I wanted was not there. I walked into the backyard to get this shot of one of the flowers on the ivy again. I put the 50mm lens on the camera in order to really blur out everything but the center of the flower. I like the final picture, but it seems like I am just a little ways away from a great picture. The other day I used my tripod to get the shot, and today I thought that I could get a more natural look getting angles handheld. Maybe tomorrow the weather will cooperate so that I can get a good picture with some great clouds in it.

Today after work I drove over to Lambert Field to see the Boilermakers take on Ball State. When I pulled up the game should have been going, but the tarp was on the field even though the rain was not coming down. While waiting for the game to start rain kept coming off and on, and the game was eventually cancelled. Just before it was called though I took this shot of several Boilermakers having some fun. Jake Hansen, Sean McHugh, and Angelo Cianfrocco were all trying out baseball in a little different way. They were playing catch with the opposite hand as catcher Kevin Plawecki was hitting them the ball. They were having a blast while at the same time waiting out the rain. For a team that is ranked in the top 10 in some polls they seem very loose. It will be fun to see them them win their first Big Ten Title since 1909. This weekend against Michigan State will go a long way in helping that dream become a reality. If they can close strong home field advantage at the beginning of the playoffs could help them get to Omaha.

I converted one RAW in Photomatix to get this shot, but something just looked a little off. I then put the picture into photoshop and converted it to black and white in order to get the shot that you see above. In the end I liked this picture better so on a day when I took very few pictures it becomes the photo of the day.

Today I really did not spend much time with my camera. I tried a couple of things that I have wanted to try, but when I got home I realized that the colors just didn’t “pop.” Because of that I decided to try to convert the picture to black and white. I combined my six images in Photomatix, and the messed around with the black and white settings. In teh end I really love the clouds, and I think that converting this picture to black and white saved it.

Tonight I wanted a great picture to celebrate the 200th day of this adventure. Of course I drove out to the windmills to get a shot at sunset. I actually took a few that I liked, and I was on my way home when I spotted a beautiful scene over a small lake. I have been dying to shoot reflections, and this was my chance. I pulled off the road and grabbed the tripod quickly. I set up in order to catch the light, but debated the orientation of the photo. I chose to go vertical to get the moon and some stars. The shot that you see above is a nine shot HDR compilation with a new twist. I liked how the moon looked in the individual shots, but it moved too fast for the HDR shot to look good. I tried a new technique of erasing the remnants of the four moons that showed up in the HDR shot in order to place one moon from one of my other shots. I think that it looks a little fake, but I will have to play around with this a little more in the future. Tomorrow I will post some of the other shots from day 200 on my Facebook page and on Google+. I spent a long time looking for the perfect shot for today, and the one that I found was just down the road. This combines many elements that I have learned in the first 100 days with a new one that I started playing around with today. Another milestone down!

Today I worked most of the afternoon so I went looking for a shot after I got off. I had a couple of ideas, but I decided to revisit a shot for Earth Day. I sat in this same spot early on this winter to get a good shot of this small creek after a very early snow. I had always planned to go back when a heavy snowfall came, but that never happened. I decided to shoot the scene full of green to see how that looked. Besides some blur from the wind it came out okay. This shot might look even better in fall.

Tomorrow is a major milestone for this blog. I will hit day 200 of taking pictures. If you had asked me a while ago it I would have made it this far I would have told you that you were crazy. This has been a fun ride so far, and I think it will just keep getting better. A blog I follow just hit the 100 post milestone. You can check out his first 100 days here.