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Aug 01, 2015 22:55 |  #1

Went to a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway this afternoon. The Sox have firm command of the basement, so it was kind of a meaningless game, but fun nevertheless. Had seats at the roof level near the right field foul pole. Sox eked out a victory against Tampa, and lots of action on the field.

Using a 7D, 100-400L at 400mm. PP with Photoshop CC. As always, C&C appreciated.

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EOS R | 7D | 24-70 f/2.8L II | 70-200 f/2.8L II | 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L | 17-55 f/2.8 | 11-16 f/2.8

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Aug 06, 2015 15:07 |  #2

Nice shots. Two questions. Any restrictions on taking photo equipment into the game?
And how did you get that many shots of the ball on the bat in one game?? I have the hardest
time getting those shots.




  
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Aug 06, 2015 19:56 |  #3

Great shots ball games are fun to shoot




  
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Aug 06, 2015 22:22 as a reply to  @ tjfoto's post |  #4

Fenway is one of the relatively few major league ball parks that allows us to bring in big lenses. They take a very reasonable approach: don't bother the other fans and we won't bother you. I wouldn't try to bring in a monopod, but a 100-400L at full extension with lens shade: no problem.

As to getting those action shots of the ball on the bat, it's largely a matter of luck. During the game, each time a Red Sox batter was at the plate, I zoomed in on him, framing him in the middle and putting the umpire and catcher way to the left of the frame. Just as the pitcher winds up, the batter always tenses up and brings his bat back, getting ready to swing. At that instant I press and hold the shutter release. I shoot at high-speed continuous, taking only high resolution raw images. I also set the autofocus/drive menu setting on "2: Release/Drive speed priority" to maximize my shutter rate. By pre-focusing on the batter (using only back button focusing), the camera doesn't try to change the focus as the shutter clicks.

Even with all these things, it's still a matter of luck. The 7D can shoot at a maximum rate of 8 frames per second. In 1/8 second, the ball can enter the image frame, get hit, and leave the image between shots and never show in a photo. My solution: take photos during just about every pitch. Out of about 800 images taken during a game, I might get 3 or 4 with the ball on the bat. The day I took the shots above I was lucky, getting about 5 or 6 good shots.

The second image (duplicated in the fourth) shows Travis Shaw getting his first ever major league home run. I really should contact him and offer him a copy.


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Aug 06, 2015 23:57 |  #5

Good shots...thanks for sharing.


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Mar 05, 2016 16:45 |  #6

Great shots!




  
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Mar 09, 2016 18:38 |  #7

Great Shots!
#2 you can see the Ball wrapping the barrel of the bat!!




  
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Mar 14, 2016 22:49 as a reply to  @ BioSci's post |  #8

Hopefully, the Mets are as generous this year and allow to bring in the bigger lens!!!




  
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