Seeing The Future Of The White Sox Play For Charlotte
Last year one of the highlights of my baseball season was watching the young players that would join the White Sox later in the year up close and personal. This year I don’t know as many names on the team, but the farm system is stacked. It will be interesting who makes an impact from this roster.
Michael Kopech Brings The Heat
The real draw on the day was to watch Michael Kopech pitch for Charlotte. He came over to the White Sox in the Chris Sale trade. The kid has an arm, and had ten strikeouts in the game. It seems that he is destined to be on the Sox by the end of the year so I was glad that I was able to get the chance to photograph him before that happens.
Playing The Slow Shutter Game
While the Knights were at bat mid game I started playing the slow shutter speed game. I was having fun making motion blur images while constantly taking the shutter speed down. I made the image above at 1/15th of a second. I kept going lower, but nothing other than some cool abstract images came of it.
A Crop Sensor Camera Or A Tele Converter?
I knew that I wanted to get up close with something more than my 400mm lens would give me. I basically had two options. I could have thrown my 1.4x teleconverter on the lens, or I could swap bodies to my Canon 7D Mark II to get just about the same effect. I opted for the body swap, and put my 7D Mark II to good use. I still don’t know about the image quality from the 7D II, but it is fun to get a little closer to your subject.
More Faces of Baseball
I really have been having fun making these in game portraits of the athletes. It is just a way to get your audience a little closer to the game. I need to figure out a way to put all of these together at the end of the season.
Before the game I was looking for some images. I really thought that I had a couple of visual things going, but then I had a cool moment develop right in front of me. Charlotte pitcher Thyago Vieira was signing autographs for some fans. One fan just wanted a selfie. As they started to make their picture I moved in quickly to make mine. The whole thing happened very quickly, but I was happy with what I was able to capture. I love having a fun image in the can so early in the shoot. It takes the pressure off of the rest of the game.