Play Ball!


After being constricted to shooting inside dark dungy for almost two months covering college and high school basketball it was time to get out side in the nice weather (well kind of nice) and shoot some baseball.

I head over to Perrysburg High School to shoot the varsity baseball game. My original plan was to do a remote some  were but I got there a little late and there wasn’t a really good spot to put it because most high school fields suck with shooting positions.

As soon as the game started I knocked out a few shots of the starting pitcher just to be safe in case the game is 0-0 in 7 innings.

Nikon D3, 200-400, f4, 1/5000th, 400iso

Then I moved over toward the third base side and waiting for some good action or something but no luck. So I headed up to the press box that over looks the stadium to see if I could maybe get something decent.

So I busted out the wide angle and was looking to use the nice light to my advantage. I like this one because the hitter is on the on-deck and while he was swinging you could see his shadow in the grass.

Nikon D700, 24-70, f2.8, 1/3200, 400iso

I almost got the exact same thing just from a different angle.

Nikon D700, 24-70, f4, 1/3200, 400iso

Here is a nice overall of the field, it looks like a nice day but its 55 degrees with 15-20 MPH.

Nikon D700, 24-70, f4, 1/6400, 400iso

Right before I was getting ready head back down to the field, there was a hard hit to the third baseman  for an easy force play.

Nikon D3, 200-400, f4, 1/2000th, 400iso

Back on the field i was looking for some features. I got nice a low behind the fence under exposed the picture by a few stops.

Nikon D700, 24-70, f4, 1/8000, 400iso

Then while walking around I saw a hole in the dugout and I shot the pitcher in his wind up.

Nikon D700, 200-400, f4, 1/3200th, 400iso

I got this shot by shooting through the hole getting the yellow bricks in the foreground. Here is a wide angle of what I was doing.

Nikon D700, 200-400, f4, 1/3200th, 400iso

Then I finally got some action when a Perrysburg player successfully stole second base.

Nikon D3, 200-400, f4, 1/2500th, 400iso

Then I got this ok, nothing amazing shot of the umpire dusting off home plate between innings.

Nikon D3, 200-400, f4, 1/2500th, 400iso

Perrysburg was back on defense.


Nikon D3, 200-400, f4, 1/2500th, 400iso

Nikon D3, 200-400, f4, 1/2500th, 400iso

Nikon D3, 200-400, f4, 1/2500th, 400iso

I left in the 4th inning because the game was 1-11 and I had enough of the painful boring game. Hopefully when I fly out to California next weekend to shoot a weddings and shoot a Dodgers or Angeles game I will get some awesome stuff.

I would like to thank Borrow Lenses for sponsoring this post. They have sponsored me with a Nikon 200-400 F4. If your looking to rent a lens before your next purchase or even need something for vacation be sure to contact Max Shevyakov the owner of Borrow Lensesto arrange a rental. Also be sure to follow him on twitter @borrowlenses.


3 responses to “Play Ball!

  1. Looks like you’re putting the 200-400 through its paces. I’m checking one out for the weekend, might even shoot some ball with it if I have the chance.

  2. Great shots! Baseball and photography – two of my favorite things! These are awesome – thanks for sharing!

  3. Great site this and I am really pleased to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor 🙂

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