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  #61 Interaction
Entry 7 of 16
   
 
The Pitch       ©2009 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       7th place, 96 points
1/30s, f3.2, ISO 100, 95mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Crop, contrast, sharpening, minor cloning out of distracting background elements.       Extra Info: Pitcher challenges batter in a contest of wits and athleticism, the classic duel at the heart of this American ball game.
 
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Jade O.
Jul 27, 2009
    Thank you all for your votes and especially for taking the time to comment. I am grateful for every one.

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Jade O.
Jul 27, 2009
    Gail, I thought the same, though there is an element of anticipation here. I tried shots further on in the sequence but the pitcher after release struck a less interesting pose, the ball was a blurred streak, and given the low light, the batter swinging was fairly blurred.

Gail
Jul 26, 2009
    I think some action would make this a more interesting baseball image ... maybe catch the pitcher just as he releases the ball, or the batter swinging at the pitch.

Jade O.
Jul 26, 2009
    raf I really appreciate a detailed comment and especially c&c suggestions. The unnatural look may be the colour which is caused by the night lighting (I am guessing here; the shot is at twilight) or by the slight oversharpening (only 5 of 100) or both. It may also be that there is a shadow cast in the image which looks "unnatural" because the light is actually coming from several directions.

I tried the same crop but I felt it crowded the image too much. I think it is the unfortunate background parking garage, the guardrail on the street rising to a bridge overpass in the background, and the fence vignette which detracts so much. All readily PP'd out and replaced with more treetops I suppose.

Congrats for recognizing the fence; this was shot at an angle through the chain link and the zoom was at the extreme crop end which still allowed the play to be captured (very tight restrictions on making the shot) but I could eliminate only three of the four corners of the fence wire, hence the vignette.

rafinmelb
Jul 25, 2009
    They are all concentrated on the interaction between batter and pitcher, the battle between bat and ball. So the moment is captured beautifully and it is the right moment. All things are still possible (a homer, a strike, a boink on the head excuse me if I don't have baseball nomenclature right....the concept though travelled well). This makes it quite dynamic.

I am worried about a certain grainy look to the shot. Not sure if it is the size limitation or a little over PPing but on my two screens it has a slightly unnatural look. The background is also not a great help here. Did a screen scroll and the pano crop looks good to me. It also cut out the odd vignete on the top left, or is it a bit of the fence?

Jade O.
Jul 25, 2009
    Thanks kjwags. As you see below, shot at twilight and vignetting is the chain link fence which, of course, was an easy clone out I left in mostly due to lack of time and partly because I hadn't decided what to do with the background, parking garage, etc.

KJW
Jul 24, 2009
    Great example of interaction, Americas favorite pastime. Nice coloring of the field considering looks like less than perfect lightening conditions. Did notice the vignetting in upper right corner which if cropped out probably would have taken out part of the pitcher's arm or if cropped off of top would have left unsightly lines.

Jade O.
Jul 24, 2009
    Thanks, Franz. Always appreciate your comments especially when they are so positive! ;-D I confess to being surprised to see how vivid the image was in so flat a light which of course made the exposure easy to balance.

Franz07
Jul 24, 2009
    Perfect fit to the theme!
Nice, natural and very vivid.

Jade O.
Jul 24, 2009
    Alberto. The top left is actually the edge of the chain link fence I was shooting through. I left it in so I could comment on how tight the shooting conditions were. ;-)
Edited on Jul 24, 2009

Jade O.
Jul 24, 2009
    LaRee. It is actually a fairly sharp image to start with. I sharpened 5 on the scale of 100 to bring out the ripples in the batter's pants. I was unsure whether the sharpening was too obvious but I prefer my sports photos on the crisp side. My niggle is the background which I feel hurts the shot alot but I was undecided whether to "improve" it (though I feel certain I would have removed the parking garage had I the time to play.) This was the first of a dozen shots I took in twenty minutes on my way home from work. I tried the batter swing shot, but this was, believe it or not, a twilight shot; given the low lighting and slow shutter, the batter swing left the batter too blurred, and the pitcher in a less attractive pose.
Edited on Jul 24, 2009

boar76
Jul 24, 2009
    I like the composition....But what happened on the top left!? :-D

LaRee
Jul 23, 2009
    I like this. It does look over sharpened to me though that is my only niggle. It would have been perfect to have shot the frame after the ball was pitched too.
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