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Baseball Edits

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Shooting sports is challenging in respect to hand/eye coordination but if you add on the need for a photograph to tell the story of the game the job of sports photography takes a lot of concentration.

 

Baseball is a sport that is especially hard to photograph because it is a game of long periods of boredom and short spurts of moments you better not miss with your camera. In the last three weeks, I have photographed two baseball and two fast pitch softball games and I think I've been able to get at least one "hit" (along with a few strike outs) in every game. Let's take a look...

Collision
At the WVC Knights baseball game at the end of April, Yakima's Jacob Manson collides with Wenatchee's Kevin Duncan in the top of the 4th inning, knocking the baseball from his glove and scoring in the first game of a double header Saturday. The Knights lost the game 11-2 with Yakima scoring this seventh run in the inning. These two photographs provide interesting and story telling action.
Collision 2
Beaten
Then on May 6, Moses Lake dominated Wenatchee in a softball game. The photograph of Moses Lake safely sliding into second base and of Wenatchee's Baylee Fontaine making one of the team's many errors tells the story of that game.
Beaten 2
Victory
On May 8, Cascade beat Cashmere in baseball, the first time in many years. It wasn't one play that won the game for them so a celebration photograph told the story quickly about how happy Cascade was to win the close game.
Bobble
And on May 10, the WVC women won their league title with a win over Yakima Valley. Shortstop Haley Hess bobbles the softball in the outfield but still comes up with the catch and first out of the sixth inning in the game. I thought this showed the athletic ability of the team as it looks like she will not be able to make the catch but still ends up doing so. What you don't see are the many images of routine plays, out of focus photographs, and missed shots in these edits - I'm just very blessed to be able to get those special moments in the games that help me do my job - to document our local athletes and tell the stories about the games they play.

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