June 30 – Broken Bat

One shot that has been eluding me for awhile has been a good broken bat photo. Well, I finally captured one the other night while on assignment covering the Seattle Mariners as they took on the Oakland Athletics in Seattle.

Although I would have preferred an exploding bat shot, this broken bat was kind of unique. The bat split perfectly down the middle as if someone had split it with a hatchet like splitting a piece of firewood.

Now time to capture a true exploding bat……to be continued.

Seattle Mariners designated hitter Jesus Montero (63) hits a broken bat single against the Oakland Athletics during the 2nd inning at Safeco Field.

 

June 25 – US Olympic Team Trials

This past Thursday and Friday I was given a unique assignment to cover a sport that I have never photographed before, diving. I was assigned to the United States Olympic Team Trial finals taking place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic center in Federal Way, WA. Little did I know how difficult it would be to photograph diving especially when in an indoor, lowlight facility. All together, I am pretty happy with the results of the assignment considering the conditions and the shooting locations we (photographers) were limited to during the competitions.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the assignment.

Troy Dumais (left) and Kristian Ipsen (right) compete during the men’s 3-meter synchro U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Kristian Ipsen (left) and Troy Dumais (right) compete during the men’s 3-meter synchro U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

David Boudia (left) and Nick McCory (right) pose for a photo after placing 1st in the men’s 10-meter synchro U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Troy Dumais (left) and Kristian Ipsen (right) compete during the men’s 3-meter synchro U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Toby Stanley (left) and Steele Johnson (right) compete during the men’s 10-meter synchro U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Kelci Bryant (left) and Abby Johnston (right) react to placing 1st place during the women’s 3-meter synchro U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

 

June 18 – Been Busy

It’s been over a month since my last blog post, not good. I really need to keep on it, at least when I am in between assignments. So what have I been up too? Pretty much most of my work lately has been covering the Seattle Mariners, with a couple of Sounders FC and Sounders Women games thrown in here and there. That’s about it.

A little bit of equipment news, I finally upgraded my computer. All this time I have been pushing my late 2006 MacBook to the limit, processing images and getting them out on deadline as fast as possible. Well, I bit the bullet and ordered one of the new MacBook Pro retina’s shortly after they were released by Apple. I configured it with the 2.3GHz processor, 256 SSD and 16GB of RAM! Huge difference going from a laptop that was over 5 years old and only 2GB of RAM.

My first assignment with the new computer was during yesterday’s (June 18) Mariner vs Giants assignment in Seattle. If I had to guess, I would say the new MacBook Pro reduced the time it took to get deadline photos out by at least 75%! And that was with using USB 2.0 card readers which will now be retired (received my USB 3.0 readers today in the mail). I am really looking forward to pushing the new MacBook Pro during the next few years worth of assignments.

In closing, here are a few of my favorite images from the past few weeks.

Seattle Mariners shortstop Munenori Kawasaki (61) dives back into 1st base during the 3rd inning against the San Diego Padres at Safeco Field.

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) slides into Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan (26) to break up the double play during the 2nd inning at Safeco Field.

Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan (26) catches the ball and tags Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) on a stolen base attempt during the 1st inning at Safeco Field.

Seattle Mariners shortstop Munenori Kawasaki (61) slides into home plate to score the game wining run against the San Francisco Giants during the 9th inning at Safeco Field.

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jerome Williams (57) beats Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (51) to 1st base for the out in the 6th inning at Safeco Field.

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