Baseball in June
If you know me, you will know that I love, love, love shooting sports! Thanks to Scott MacGillivray , I had my chance last evening to try some baseball photography with a Pee Wee team he is coaching.
This being Nova Scotia, the first game I had hoped to attend was rained out. It almost happened again last night, but nature brought us a lovely evening with a beautiful sunset instead.
In hockey, I love watching and catching the goalies as they create those amazing moves to keep the puck out. In field sports, I love the race and battle to the net. So, thought I, where to start with baseball? The pitcher, I decided, would make a good starting point. Not knowing much; OK, not knowing anything about baseball, I decided to just try for a variation of shots to see what looked OK . Needless to say, I messed up big time on a few photos as I tried to anticipate the pitch, and a few more shots were missed as the pitcher suddenly pivoted and threatened to throw the ball to first base to stall a potential stealer. Lesson learned: Keep my eyes open to what's going on beyond the picture through the lens.
After spending some time watching the pitchers, I turned my attention to the other players on the team. I watched as they batted, waited for a ball to come their way and gritted their teeth and set off for the bases. What great kids!
After the sun went down, the lights began to illuminate the field. One of the moms told me the kids really like to play under the lights, and I can see why. It's really cool! If I were a kid, I'd be pretending to be playing at Yankee Stadium, Fenwick Park, the Sky Dome or wherever my favourite team calls home.
And the coaching? After listening to Scott encourage, prompt and instruct throughout the entire game, I have a whole new respect for the coaches of this sport and for the parents who take the time to help on the bench. No coaches and volunteers would mean no teams for the kids. You guys rock!
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