Here is one I dug out of the files.
Each spring from 1997 through 2002 I had the opportunity to photograph college baseball teams as they traveled to Florida during spring break, as their baseball fields back home were generally covered with snow.
I was pre-focused on the Iowa Hawkeyes' 3rd baseman and, as luck would have it (lucky for me but not for him), the University of Rhode Island's batter hit the ball, like a rocket shot, on the ground, right at him. Doing what he was supposed to do the Iowa player stayed in front of the hard-hit grounder but unfortunately the ball must have hit a pebble or large piece of dirt and bounced up to strike the fielder directly in the throat.
This photo was taken a split-second after the ball hit him in the throat. As soon as he was hit he collapsed to the ground, hands grasping his throat and neck, trying to catch his breath as both teams' medical staffs, coaches and players rushed to assist the injured player. Remarkably, other than having the wind knocked out of him and getting a major scare, nothing serious happened to him and this guy stayed in the game. He and his family have several copies of this photo and a few others I took as he was receiving treatment.
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kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-01-31 18:46
Excellent action shot ... well timed ... powerful zoom lens you got there. Very good photo journalistic write up. Well done ... TFS
triptych2003 (1534) 2007-01-31 19:12
that's unlucky... as with all your baseball shots, the action has been captured very well. the framing is spot on and the detail is fine. well done
A310 (418) 2007-01-31 20:28
Great picture.Well done.
Dubsie (346) 2007-02-01 1:07
Very dynamic, Gregory. I always admire sport photographers...agreed they have the best of the equipments, but still capturing something so dynamic in still is never easy...and you've achieved that successfully. What magic that 1/1000 can do...eh?
kittyhawk (1692) 2007-02-01 12:54
I like this action shot, I think that you have a good eye for what'll be a good sprots shot or not. I'm a bit of a Hawkeyes fan, and so this one is deffinetly one of my favorites. TFS.
patelgm (117) 2007-06-06 13:20
Quite unlucky for him to get hurt in this manner, but very lucky to survive without any major injury.
This one is exceptional. Nicely framed. Fine capture.
- Copyright: Gregory Wagner (fotoguy22) (4568)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2001-03-00
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 1, Canon EF 400MM F2.8 L, Fuji 200 color
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1000 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The Big Ten [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 18:38
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