Finally, the New England Collegiate Baseball League is back in action starting this past weekend. I've now got two games under my belt, including one the other night where the temperature hit 47 before the game was over. Man, this is tough shooting and processing. Even with more reach this year (280-300mm) and faster lense (Nikon 80-300 2.8/Kenko 1.4x combo), the light is still marginal. On a sunny day, when the game begins, I can get a fast, ISO200, 1/2000 shot. A half hour later we are at 1/500s, 2.8, ISO800. A half hour after that 1/250-320, 2.8 flirting with "Lo", ISO1600. Try pulling a detail crop out of that and getting any kind of quality. I certainly haven't found any magic...the shots I've put up on pbase vary in their treatment...some are pretty decent...some are pretty marginal. They are there because I think they are interesting baseball shots, not because they are paradigms of tecnical proficiency. Struggle notwithstanding, I've had some decent shots in the first two games, a couple that I'd like to share here. Others (about two dozen) are at www.pbase.com/hflphotos if you'd care to visit. 1/2000s f/2.8 at 200.0mm iso400 Okay, I cheated...that is what I can get at the start of the game with the sun still shining in the West. 1/320s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso800 This one is more typical...slower, ISO800, a crop needed and noise reduction as well. Still, the "leaper" caught the throw and made the tag...but just a hair too late. Unfortunately, the D50 in RAW format just couldn't keep up to catch the actual tag. Incidentally, this shot was made with my lowly Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 (that's why the shot is at 5.6). 1/320s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso1600 Another Sigma shot, this time at ISO1600. Some cropping and noise reduction needed. 1/250s f/2.8 at 120.0mm iso1600 Full dark now, I'm needing to use the Nikon 80-200 for its f2.8 speed. Still ISO1600 required and slow shutter speeds. A pretty severe crop needed for this one since the lense was set at 120mm for a shot at home plate rather than 200mm. 1/400s f/2.8 at 86.0mm iso1600 Finally the Nikon 80-200 gets to show some of its stuff. A bit higher shutter speed, but still ISO1600 and flat-out 2.8. But relatively little cropping and only moderate processing. You can call up the original in my gallery if you so desire. Quality issues notwithstanding, I'm really happy to have the Leaque in action again. This is baseball the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Think not? Ask this little fellow who decided to opt out of the teams fifth inning "grocery contest" and just pick up the goodies and skidaddle instead.:smile: 1/400s f/2.8 at 200.0mm iso1600 Thanks for viewing, and criticism and comments welcomed per usual.