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A Few From Wrigley Field (3 images added)

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by eng45ine, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    My wife and I took in a game at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and the Seattle Mariners. The Cubs scored three in the first inning, then went dormant. The Mariners scored four in the fifth inning and remained dormant for the remainder of the game. The Cubs scored two more in the seventh inning and eeked one out for a 5-4 win over the Mariners. The Cubs took the three game series 2-1. Here are a few from today taken with a D2H, 300mm f/2.8 and 1.4x TC handheld.....

    Alfonso Soriano at bat.....
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    Alfonso Soriano sliding face-first into second base.....
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    And beating the tag.....
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    Felix Pie swinging for the fences.....
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    Mr. Suzuki.....
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    Richie Sexton running out a grounder (70-200mm).....
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    How's this for strange bokeh? Mr. Suzuki again.....
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    Mark DeRosa lines to right field.....
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    And dives back into first base before the tag by Richie Sexton (70-200mm).....
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  2. Frank--

    The second shot is my favorite

    By the way, do you get any grief from ballpark security when bringing in the big lens.

  3. niknd501


    May 13, 2006
    Frank These Rock !!

    You were in the photog pit weren't you....You dog !! Fantastic !!

    Pro quality for sure.:biggrin:
  4. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Thank you Karl...nope, no grief at all. I was a bit nervous, so I also brought the 70-200mm just in case. The crowd control guys came up between innings and even wanted to view what I had taken. But, no one was sitting in front of me, so they weren't concerned that I was blocking someone's view of the game.
  5. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    No Rod, don't I wish. I was in the first row about five seats down from the photogs pit. They.....gave me some funny looks though.
  6. niknd501


    May 13, 2006


    My bad...Sure looked like they were from the pit...Wow first row - fantastic.
    They were giving you the looks cause they knew you were for serious...No
    point and shoot in your hands..

    Really good photos !

    Some day down the line I will be able to say I shot an Illinois State baseball
    game with you ! ( when your famous )
  7. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    You are way too kind Rod, but it sure would be nice to have real access to a few pro games to build in a portfolio. I have so much to learn, but I'm having fun each time I get to shoot.
  8. Hey Frank,

    I had totally forgot the date. Oh my! These are awesome. Those seats were the best. #1 does it for me and #2 is dead on as well. WOW!
  9. Bigmuddy


    Feb 28, 2007
    These shots are top-notch Frank. Fantastic all the way around.
    Did you happen to take any with the 70-200?
  10. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks Ty, we really enjoyed the game and the seats were sweet at well. I could have done better being a bit higher up, but this was an enjoyable day. The worse part of the day was waiting for the people to move their cars in the parking lot, we sat for just over an hour. :frown:
  11. Raul_T


    Apr 29, 2007
    DFW, Texas
    So are we an Alex Soriano fan???? Number 2 is a kewl capture! Is there any PP to the pics?
  12. Simba909


    Mar 2, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Frank those are awesome shots! I can't believe the were handheld.
  13. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I'm not sure about Soriano yet, Raul. I don't think he is comfortable in Wrigley Field. He's been in a few different positions and has nursed a hamstring injury. Not sure if he is 100% healthy from the "hammy" injury either. As far as the post-processing, I that I did was some levels, a slight bump up in saturation and some USM.
  14. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks for taking a look Ron. Yep, all handheld while sitting in my seat and occassionally enjoying a ballpark hotdog! :biggrin:
  15. Frank, those images you added are even better. WOW! I'd have to say that the seats were well worth it my friend. Did you get anything of Derrick Lee?
  16. gadgetguy11


    Nov 16, 2005

    WOW!!!! You nailed these images!!!

    My favorites are: 2, 7, 8, & 9.

    Until you posted that these were handheld, I thought you at least slipped a monopod in with you...

    I hope get these seats again - these are the best baseball images I've ever seen!
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  17. Jeff Mims

    Jeff Mims

    May 25, 2005
    Excellent doesn't seem a strong enough adjective, but it's all I know.

    These are really good Frank!

    Personally, I like #1 and #8 the best, but #2 is awesome also.
  18. Wow! These are stellar Frank.

    Listened to the game on the radio. Nice win by the Cubbies :frown:
  19. Just perfect!

    I am trying to learn something here: do you prefer you images so crisp and sharp at 1/2000 to 1/5000 or is there some unwritten rule that they should look like that? I mean you could obviously lower the shutter speed and get some motion blur in there but I am not sure if it is desired? For other sports some blur adds drama and gives images that "live" feeling. I am asking this because I am not familiar with baseball as we don't play it much here in EU.

    But, as I said in the beginning, they do look fantastic!
  20. superb Frank
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