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.


May 9, 2012 – Photos of the Week

Wow! It has been a busy week with both Seattle Mariners and Seattle Sounders FC photo assignments. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the past week. Enjoy!

Seattle Mariners shortstop Munenori Kawasaki (61) slides past Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) for the game winning run during the 9th inning at Safeco Field.

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen (54) pitches to the Minnesota Twins during the 9th inning at Safeco Field.

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (6) kicks the ball to keep it inbounds during the 2nd half against the Philadelphia Union at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder David Estrada (16) heads the ball out of the goal box during the 2nd half against the Philadelphia Union at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder David Estrada (16) knees Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath (18) while shooting a goal shot during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (51) bunts the ball during the 6th inning against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field.

Minnesota Twins shortstop Jamey Carroll (8) dives and stops the ball during the 5th inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

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April 18, 2012 – What’s in the Camera Bag – Night MLB Game

With the Major League baseball season in full swing, I thought it would be a good time to post a new “What’s in the Camera Bag.” If you didn’t already know, I cover a lot of the Seattle Mariners home baseball games, most of which are at night.

I love shooting night games at Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners). The field is very well lit. I find myself consistanly shooting at ISO 2000 at around 1/1600th shutter speed, using f/2.8 lenses of course. So what do I carry (roll) to a night game?

  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D300 (still working on replacing it with either another D700, D3 or a new D4. Are you listening Nikon? :-)
  • Nikon 300 f/2.8 – Love this lens to capture the pitchers, batters and infield plays. Plus it’s great for the tightly cropped shots in the dugout.
  • Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 – When I am sitting in the outside 1st base photo well, this is my go to lens for plays at first base.
  • Nikon 14-24mm – Great lens for capturing those wide angle stadium shots, or even close up shots of the players warming up on deck (a good substitute for this lens and another favorite of mine, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8).
  • Nikon SB800 flash – Just in case
  • …and the usual, memory cards, gaffers tape, memory card readers, Macbook and other misc gear all packed into my trust ThinkTank Airport Security roller bag.