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Don Seabrook | Cropping to the extreme

There are a couple of times every year when I think I need to use extreme cropping to save an important image.

During Wednesday night’s AppleSox game against Kelowna, with two Kelowna runners on base, the AppleSox left fielder made a diving attempt at a catch that would have ended the inning but the photograph I captured caught the ball glancing off his mitt. The two runners scored, pretty much taking away a comeback for the Sox.

I was shooting next to the Kelowna dugout so I was covering quite a distance with my telephoto lens with the field lights were illuminating the field. I knew I had captured the moment but was concerned that it was too far away to get a publishable photograph.

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Wenatchee AppleSox left fielder Johnny Sage makes an unsuccessful dive to catch a fly ball  in the seventh inning July 3. The Kelowna Falcons scored two runs on the play, taking a 6-3 lead.

I was working against a deadline so when the side of the inning was over (the seventh), I headed to a room at the ballpark where I had set up my computer before the game started and downloaded the files from my camera’s card.

The picture was in focus but by the time I cropped in, the file size was cut by a huge amount. I used Photoshop to increase the file size to something usable and decided that the moment captured was crucial enough to the game to outweigh the technical problems.

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Wenatchee AppleSox left fielder Johnny Sage makes an unsuccessful dive to catch a fly ball  in the seventh inning July 3. The Kelowna Falcons scored two runs on the play, taking a 6-3 lead.

I can always hope that’s the last time I have to go to the cropping extremes.

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

seabrook@wenatcheeworld.com

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