I’m typing this as I watch the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, my baseball season has been over for 4 weeks now. Someday I might get to photograph the World Series, but for now I have time to sort through my season’s photos instead. Back in May I did a quick summary of my favorite 2013 MLB photos up to that point, so this post covers everything from that point until the end of the season.
I had a great time photographing more games this season and I came away with a lot of photos that pleased me. I got to work on some things that I set out to do after the 2012 season and I was even able to add some new photos to my portfolio.
Now when it comes to picking out my favorite photos I really don’t know what other people might think of them. To my own disservice I really haven’t received a lot of feedback about the quality of my photos over the years. I like to think they are pretty good, but I’m the first to admit that I’m always trying to get better. I tend to be a sucker for simplified details that I think characterize baseball well, so you’ll probably notice a lot of close up shots of players and their equipment. Surprisingly I really don’t get all that worked up over action photos because in my mind those are the types of photos I’m “supposed” to get. While it’s great when exciting action happens because it makes picking out selects that much easier, what usually gets me most excited is when I play more of an active role in capturing an image. For example, what I mean is like when I choose a riskier photo position to shoot from and it happens to pay off or I notice some great light and put it to good use in creative ways. Or when I notice a small detail or quiet moment that will make a clean photo that exemplifies baseball. That’s what really keeps the juices flowing for me. One of the things I love about photographing baseball is that there are so many games played each season that it provides lots of opportunities to experiment and take chances. You never know what may turn out and it’s a lot of fun when a great image comes out of it. Anyway, time to look at some photos!
Most of the photos should open up larger if you click on them, which I encourage you to do. I hope you enjoy the photos I picked out this year and thanks for looking!
I love this light!
Ben Revere patrolling center field at Target Field again after being traded to the Phillies last year.
I played around a lot with multiple exposures this season. This is one of them that I particularly liked.
There is that Ben Revere smile I missed seeing more often at Target Field this year.
I talked about this photo in my post about going out to Washington D.C. and Baltimore back in June. I absolutely love this photo with the rain-soaked field glistening under the stadium lights. I had a 16″ x 20″ print made of it and have it hanging in my house.
The clouds in this photo just made it look so pretty. Perfect summer day of baseball.
I’ve photographed many fireworks shows at Target Field, so I wanted to try a different angle with this one.
This was taken on a cloudy day, which made for a super clean backdrop shooting from a low angle in the inside 3rd base photo well position at Target Field.
Target Field experienced a heavy rain storm during a game in September, so I tried to create a similar image to the one I created at Orioles Park. I think the one in Baltimore turned out better because the general admission porch there is really close to the right fielder, which added a little extra interest to that photo. I still like this one though since it’s at Target Field.
I love the reflection in Chris Herrmann’s visor. This season I added a 500mm lens to my arsenal and I shot this photo with a 1.4x teleconverter (extender) attached to it, which made the lens a 700mm lens. So I was able to get a very close up detail shot despite being probably 30 or 40 feet away from him.
For this one I just thought it was interesting how small the huge Twins logo on top of their scoreboard can look against the perfect black sky.
This one was definitely one of the more fun photos I shot this season. The splash was so big that I also got nailed by some of the Gatorade. My camera and clothes were covered by it, but it certainly made for a colorful image!
In only his 2nd MLB start, Andrew Albers pitched a complete game, 2-hit shutout. It was quite a moment to see his excitement.
His friends from Canada came to watch his first few starts and they brought with them a great sign they made. Albers had quite a journey to get to the big leagues, so it was definitely a feel-good story from the season.
This is one of the kinds of photos that I kind of geek out about. I really enjoy taking detail shots of the players waiting on-deck as they prepare to bat.
I love the pine tar on Mike Moustakas’s helmet.
If you’re not familiar with it the Twins commissioned local artist Terrence Fogarty to make a painting of Target Field shortly after it opened in 2010. The painting is called “Twins Territory” and I have a print of it framed above my computer. It’s a great panoramic image that really shows off the beauty of Target Field on a perfect summer evening.
Ever since I first saw it I always wanted to try to create a real life panoramic photo that looked as close to the painting as I could get. This year I finally took a shot at it after waiting for the right conditions. My version is shown below the image of the painting and I highly recommend clicking on it to view it larger. I was pretty happy with how it turned out with Joe Mauer up to bat, Justin Morneau on-deck, and the golden light reflecting off the Minneapolis skyline. I couldn’t quite match the hyper-colors used in the painting, but in the end I was pleased with the result anyway.
I mostly just liked the tiny Indians logo on Nick Swisher’s eye black.
I was really happy that I got to photography Mariano Rivera pitching one last time before he retired. I doubt we’ll ever see another closer quite like him again.
This had to be a little awkward.
Like him or hate him, Miguel Cabrera is one of my favorite players to photograph mostly because he’s really quirky. You never know what he’s going to do or what odd expression he’ll make. In these next two photos during a pitching change he decided to do a mock pitch and he did it in a really goofy way. On top of that Jhonny Peralta was making some really strange expressions as well. I was cracking up as I shot these photos.
If you made it this far you just looked at 94(!) of my favorite photos from the second half of the 2013 season. Thank you! I hope you liked them and I hope to have the opportunity to create many more baseball photos again next season.
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