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Mar 28, 2011 11:54 |  #1

I was shooting with a 300 f4 so I could not zoom out. I was shooting from the dugout so I could not move. I was waiting on the visiting player to attempt to steal 2nd and when he left 1st I followed him to 2nd knowing the play would be in the dirt. BUT the pitch was high - too high for me as I was already shooting. So I missed the players head (I know the umpire was in the way too). You can see the ball in the glove and I'm not sure why he had the glove wrapped around his leg.... Picture is out of the camera with no cropping.

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Mar 28, 2011 12:04 |  #2

I agree with everything you say, but just seeing this makes me want to get out and shoot with my 300mm that I just picked up!


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Mar 28, 2011 12:10 |  #3

Joe - good timing. Seems to me two things ruined your shot - the orientation of your camera, and even had you been vertical, the ump would have destroyed it. Stuff happens like this.

I am often in a quandary when setting up for shots at second base (steals, double plays, etc.). Some plays are best shot horizontal (slides on the ground with a infielder's tag) and others are best shot vertical, like your shot. Unfortunately you never know what's going to happen, and when shooting with a longish prime lens, you have to decide camera orientation before the shot. I normally shoot baseball with a 400, but have tried a couple time shooting with a 70-200 f.2.8 with a 1.4X TC just so I can be wide enough to catch both the vertical action and the horizontal. Works OK, but not as good as the 400 by itself.

For the most part, horizontal is the best, as plays like the one you "missed" don't happen that often, but when they do, sure is frustrating. Occasionally you can spin your lens vertical during the play if you see something like this developing - requires shooting with both eyes open. Truthfully, thiscan be doneā€¦but infield plays in baseball are tough to pull this off 'cuz things happen so fast with few telltale signs to show you it's happening before it's too late.

Since the end of last year, I've borrowed a 300 and might plop this on one of my bodies for infield action shots. At the ballparks where I shoot mostly, we're farther away from second base than you were, which widens the field of view.


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Mar 28, 2011 12:14 |  #4

Thanks for the comments. I do shoot some vertical but they don't always work either.


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Mar 28, 2011 15:23 |  #5

If I see I have a shot like this while shooting, I usually delete it right away...avoiding unnecessary
pain later on. Hate wasting time licking my wounds over 'what could have been'! :-)


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Mar 28, 2011 16:51 |  #6

CatchingUp wrote in post #12110820 (external link)
If I see I have a shot like this while shooting, I usually delete it right away...avoiding unnecessary
pain later on. Hate wasting time licking my wounds over 'what could have been'! :-)

I agree, but I always look back over my great, good, and almost shots before I shoot another game to see what improvements I can make or what I need to do different.


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