Victory Field

Photo of the Day

Today I went to see some morning baseball in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Indians were playing the Gwinnett Braves. I only took two lenses with me to the park. I took my 70-200mm and my 8mm fisheye. I knew that the bulk of my work would be done with the 70-200mm, but I really wanted to try a couple of things with the fisheye. This was one of them. I love the way that the upper deck bends to create a very cool border for the field. I think that I will have to try this throughout the summer to see what other interesting compositions I can come up with. I spent about three innings walking around with the fisheye on the camera trying some things out. For the most part if you have something close in the foreground with the stadium as a backdrop you have a unique picture. This was by far my favorite of the images though.

Technical Data

In the past this would have been a three or more shot HDR image processed in Photomatix. As it stands it was just a single RAW image processed in Lightroom. The sliders in there really are great, and you can get everything that you want out of your image with them. You can regain the shadow detail by increasing the shadows slider. Here it is cranked up quite a bit. I also brought out some of the textures with the highlights, clarity, and contrast sliders. I really like this shot, but I wish that more people were at the game. The empty seats really detract from the photo. I will have to try again, and hope that they can sell some more tickets.

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west side monday-9

Photo of the Day

Tonight I rode my bike over to the baseball field here in West Lafayette to watch some baseball. It was beautiful weather for a game, and when I got there I realized that it was beautiful light as well. I shot into the sun to get the details that normally get lost. The sun really picks up all of the dirt making normal shots look much better. The game was short because of the ten run rule, but I was able to make some nice pictures in a short period of time. I was very glad that I went. If all goes well tomorrow morning I will be heading to Victory Field to make some pictures of a couple of Triple A teams. If you want to see more pictures from tonight’s game you can see my gallery on Facebook here.

I named the post the way that I did tonight for a couple of reasons. The first was the great light that I shot in. You really can’t beat it. The second was that the pitcher shown above had a pretty good night. He got the shutout on the mound, and knocked in the game winner to seal the ten run rule. A pretty good night if you ask me.

Technical Data

I did not do much here. I used a small crop to get in tighter. I shot it loose knowing that I could crop in if need be. Other than that a small highlight and temperature adjustment were the only ones that I made. I shot most of the game in manual mode so that I could keep up with the changing light a little better. The light was constant so I did not need to be in aperture priority mode. I think that the subtle adjustments kept the light looking pretty good in my pictures.

west side vs crawfordsville-41

Photo of the Day

Yesterday I made the couple block journey to Bob Friend Field to catch a couple of baseball games. I only was able to see the last couple of innings of the varsity game, but they were a great couple of innings. West Lafayette used timely hitting to come back and win the game. Just after Parker Ronchetto singled in the game winning run he was mobbed by his teammates. I was positioned to get a potential play at the plate, but my spot also worked nicely for the celebration. I took a couple of shots of different aspects of the celebration, but I liked this one the best. The hero getting mobbed by his teammates is a good shot to me. I put a few other shots from the day up on my Facebook page here if you are interested in seeing them. This has been a fun year shooting baseball already, and it is still early.

Technical Data

This was an easy edit. I used my baseball (day) preset upon importing my photos from the game. That usually gets me pretty close to where I need to be on all of the photos. I then made a slight temperature adjustment and crop. From there the photo was ready to export.

Photo of the Day

I saw parts of two baseball games today, but I have yet to even look at those pictures. I have to go to the vault to find a picture of the day. I saw this picture that I took in 2008 of Radio City Music Hall, and I knew that it was the one. With many sports fans looking to the building because it is currently housing the NFL Draft I thought that it was a good choice. This was a quick photo taken on the fly while walking around New York with some friends in 2008. I really did not know what I was doing at the time, but I think that it turned out pretty good with that in mind.

Technical Data

This was a picture that I took in 2008 when I was just running around in auto mode on my camera. I really was not in control of what kind of a picture that I took. I used Lightroom to bring this picture to life. I always liked it, but after tweaking the sliders in Lightroom I now love it. The bulk of the heavy lifting in bringing this picture to life was in the clarity, contrast, and highlights sliders. They really made this picture look great. I also had to use the built in noise reduction in the program to get rid of the noise caused by editing a jpeg. I think that it turned out great though.

carb day

Photo of the Day

I had this idea for a picture a while back, but the image was on an old hard drive. While moving everything over to my Drobo I imported my pictures from Carb Day last year in Indy. I have always liked this picture of the front stretch. Being Carb Day though the stands were very empty. For that reason alone I did not think that this shot was all that worthy. I had one idea though that might make this picture much better.

Technical Data

I originally made this picture using three images that I combined in Photomatix to make one HDR image. I was very happy with the result as it brought all of the color and texture out from that day. This was what I saw. That being said I wanted to go a step further here. I used Focal Point 2.1 from On One Software to give it a tilt shift look. I really think that this effect took a normal picture and made it pop just a bit more. I really like what this software can do, and I will try and make use of it much more as time goes on. Just before I exported the photo I used the spot removal tool to get rid of the plane and banner that was flying in the corner. When the blur was applied it looked more like a dust spot than a plane so it had to go. I have a couple of more ideas for the Focal Point Software that I will try when the cars come back to Indy this May.

purdue baseballs

iPhone Photo

For the last few weeks I have had a lot of fun trying some things out on Instagram. While out taking pictures I have tried to send something out using the filter in the program to allow people to see where I am at. It has also been fun trying to get creative with the program to come up with some new ideas. This is one picture that I wanted to try a couple of weeks ago, but did not. Last weekend while Purdue was playing a game I placed my camera over the ball bin and took this photo. I like the look of the baseball stacked on each other, and the center ball was turned so that you could see exactly what league is playing. While these pictures will never take the place of the pictures that I take with my dSLR they are a great way to supplement those pictures.

Rapid Robert

Throwback Photo

Part of my time in Iowa was spent at the Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter, Iowa. This is a small museum that is funded entirely on donations. The town is very proud of their former Major League start though. I had some great times there meeting some of my childhood heroes. This picture was taken of a mural on the side of the building. For some reason I never thought that my pictures of it looked right. I do like how this turned out though. The entire museum is a great tribute to Bob Feller though. If you are ever near Des Moines then you are close enough to the museum to give it a shot. It is worth your time.

Technical Data

I did not do too much to this photo in Lightroom, but I did use some of the sliders to bring it a little more to life. I also cropped it a bit so that you could just see the mural. I think that the rest of the building was a bit distracting. I would love to go back to the museum now with my dSLR to see what kind of pictures that I could make. After I thought about it a little I changed the course of this photo completely. I used a Matt Kloskowski preset for Lightroom to make this a black and white. His HDR black and white (light) preset really was a great fit for the photo, and was the thing that had been missing all of these years.

Jack Picchiotti (31)

Sports Photo of the Day

This past weekend with everything else going on I was still able to catch two Purdue baseball games. I really had a couple of good days making pictures. I think that now I know when to move to certain areas of the field. This picture was luck though. I had just moved behind the plate to get a couple of shots of the pitcher. I decided to try a shot from a little more up the first base line to see how that looked. Sometimes I like to include some of the signs in the stadium in my pictures even though I know it is frowned upon. Just after I sat down a low pop up was hit that Purdue catcher Jack Picchiotti sprinted for. I quickly zoomed back out and picked up focus on him as he dove. I captured the ball just as it entered his mitt. I think I have stated before that I like pictures of the catcher so I was on pins and needles to see this on my computer to see if I got the focus. It happened so quick I didn’t know if I had. Of course for some reason Lightroom decided not to load the first few images of the day with this one included. I had to shut the program down and reload it to see it. I was thrilled to see that I got the shot. Sometimes luck plays a part into if you get the shot or not. This would have not worked had I been anywhere else on the field. Luck was with me then though.

Technical Data

Like most of my sports pictures I did not do too much to this photo. Before import into Lightroom I applied Continue reading “A Nice Catch”

Pawel Poziomski

Sports Photo of the Day

Today I continued my quest to break out and shoot new sports. Purdue was hosting tennis one last time today so I really wanted to try it out. I really do not watch tennis so I was working on the fly. I shot a little during warm ups to see what looked good. I found that while the moment of impact on the racket does look good, sometimes the best shots came just a moment before impact. I think that the photo above is a good example of this. You see that the ball is going to hit the racket, but more importantly you see the muscles tensing, and the anticipation on his face. I have put up an album of a few of the shots that I liked on Facebook here. I did not stay inside the cage very long because I did not want to interfere with the players concentration. I shot from outside the fence for most of the time. I really did not stay long, but only to get a feel for the sport. I was happy with my results knowing what I need to do to get that great shot next time. I think that today was a success from that point of view. This worked out great today actually because the two events that I could have covered tonight have both been rained out. The rain is really not letting me get any shooting in lately.

I named this post the way that I did because for some reason I couldn’t get the Cream song by the same name out of my head while at the Schwartz Tennis Center. I thought that it was only a fitting title for the post. I think that a couple of pictures went out via Twitter and Instagram during the event, and the same title was used. I bet my few followers are wondering why all of a sudden I am Tweeting about tennis.

Technical Data

As I have said before I am getting spoiled with these sport shots because they do not require much work at all. Here I upped the clarity a bit in Lightroom along with adjusting the white balance. I also cropped in a bit because even being close my 70-200mm lens did not get close enough. That was the extent of my editing here.