This is one very good reason why I love sports action photography. Whether it's at the professional level or part-time jocks (such as these 2 guys) you just never know what's going to happen next. In this particular case I knew there was going to be action at home plate because the upside-down guy was trying to score from 2nd on a base hit. He did not slow down as he rounded 3rd and I saw the outfielder make a strong throw to home so I immediately focused on the catcher and let the motor drive do the rest. The runner decided to try to go over the catcher (rather than slide under him) and as he did the catcher raised up a bit to try to catch the incoming ball, thereby flipping the runner over the top.
This photo was taken at the Boston Red Sox fantasy camp. Fantasy camps cater to those die-hard fans and players who can only pretend to be a real ball player for a week. Every year nearly 150 men and women attend the Red Sox fantasy camp to play some ball and to socialize with former Red Sox players....the real ones.
These 2 guys are in their 50's and have established themselves nicely in the world of business. Surprisingly, the runner easily walked away from this collision but the catcher needed a little time with the camp medical staff.
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kittyhawk (1800) 2006-11-27 4:55
Hello again Gregory,
This is another great action shot. I like the movement an the feeling of win or loose in this photo. I allso like the detail you captured in a relatively confusing scene. Very nice work. TFS.
batalay (39277) 2006-11-29 20:48
You have recorded for posterity a fleeting moment in sports. Well conceived, beautifully executed. Well done! Greetings from Virginia,
Graymond (234) 2006-12-05 21:25
Nice catch here Gregory. Ample lighting and good stop action work especially with the collision, frozen ball and body language/expression of the catcher.
I do sports photography (though I haven't posted any shots here) and have for a long time. I have huge appreciation of good shots and well know the amount of work and luck that go into capturing good images in these environs. I'd like to swap notes if you care to. If so, reply and I'll catch your thread on one of my future visits.
- Copyright: Gregory Wagner (fotoguy22) (4794)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-02-00
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 1, Canon EF 400MM F2.8 L, Fuji 200 color
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/3000 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-26 10:45