IHSAA Softball 4A State Finals

A Beautiful Venue For The State Softball Finals

Bittinger Stadium is a beautiful stadium for sure. It looked fantastic Saturday night with the stands full and people lined up on the berm outside of the stadium. I knew that I wanted to try something really cool with this full stadium. The shot that I would have loved to have gotten would have been straight down onto the field. The shadows of the players under the lights and the pattern on the field would have been amazing. That is highly illegal though so I came up with plan B. This shot from the cross country course at sunset had a familiar feel to it. If I could have had a line of cars leading to the stadium it is the final shot from field of dreams. Maybe someday we can set that up. A better person with Photoshop could probably make that happen. I liked this shot for the simple nature of it. I just put the camera in the right place and let mother nature do her thing. I have made a couple Bittinger Stadium shots that I have liked over the years, but this one is my favorite. It is a vertirama putting two shots together. I made my stadium shot first, and then panned up for the second shot to get more of the sky.

Photographing The Game

While I waited for the sky to light up I photographed some of the game from the outfield. I liked the state title signage behind the plate so I moved around a bit to make some photos of that. I don’t think that I made anything amazing out there, but I did make some scene setter photos that would have been good as part of a larger story. I was there to have fun though so I didn’t finish the story.

An Unlikely Combo

If you had told me at the beginning of the year that I would be using the Tamron 150-600mm lens and the DJI Mavic Air to make pictures I would have thought that you are crazy. Neither of the two were items that I thought anything about then. I just didn’t think that they would give me a good photo. I was wrong on both counts, and I keep proving that to myself.

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