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Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact

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Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Warsaw Indiana, Boggs Baseball Park
Date: Jul 24, 2004
Aperture: 3.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Sports, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2005

OUCH!!! This photo was taken at a local baseball park. Check out the young gentleman's helmet. I was lucky enough to capture the exact moment of impact. The ball is even indented in the helmet! Also lucky, the boy was not hurt. This is a one in a million shot for me. Thanks for looking. Shot with Nikon D70, Nikon 80-200mm lens.

Place: 333 out of 530
Avg (all users): 5.4152
Avg (commenters): 6.1739
Avg (participants): 5.3858
Avg (non-participants): 5.5132
Views since voting: 689
Views during voting: 479
Votes: 330
Comments: 25
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/01/2005 09:40:17 AM
As someone who shoots his share of baseball, I know how hard it is to get a capture like this. Awesome job.

As a former hitter, I always enjoyed ripping a line drive back at the pitcher (on the next AB of course!) after being on the receiving end of one of these!

Like Patents4u states, a tighter crop here would have definitely helped and possibly moved it up the final list.
02/01/2005 12:39:10 AM
As a former hurler, I get a kick out of this pic - twisted, I know. From the perspective of the pic it's a bit hard to tell, but there appears to be an awful lot of room between the outside edge of the box and the back of the kids feet...so perhaps the pitcher wanted his plate back (though I would never advocate crunching someone's melon to do so). :-)

Game analysis aside, I had this much higher. It is a once in a lifetime, and it is well done, very well done. Guess it just wasn't pretty enough for the voters. I do understand some of the comments about the crop since the crowd does not really add much here, but still thought it would end up much higher.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2005 12:55:46 PM
What timing! Shots like this come around but once in a lifetime. Well seen. Detail & clarity are great! ((7))
01/31/2005 05:02:08 AM
Great timing, you can see the dent.
01/30/2005 07:31:41 PM
Amazing timing -- great for you, bad for the batter.
01/30/2005 03:30:33 PM
Ouch... Were any ball players harmed in the shooting of this photograph?
01/30/2005 11:34:07 AM
looks like you timed this one perfectly, well done; a tighter crop all around might have been a little more emphatic
01/28/2005 07:05:46 PM
Great timing, love the impact mark on the helmet.

Did the blow floor him?
01/25/2005 01:36:14 PM
OUCH! boy, what timing. i have a picture of my son that one would think he would like, but it reminds him of something that happened earlier in the day on the day it was taken; the two events are totally unrelated, but when he sees this one picture he gets mad at me for reminding him about the other thing...go figure. hope this isn't one of those moments for you. also hope that you aren't getting overlooked in this huge challenge, and that you are getting good feedback. good luck with this, and all the challenges yet to come!
01/24/2005 04:19:00 AM
Ouch, well you've certainly got timing. Great stop of the motion. I'd like to see this cropped a little closer for more drama.
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01/22/2005 11:13:48 PM
incredible...barely any reaction from the crowd
01/22/2005 04:07:07 PM
Amazing capture. Ouch! Didn't his coach teach him to duck?
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01/21/2005 01:55:13 PM
Ouch! Good timing!
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01/21/2005 07:59:21 AM
Great timing. well done. keep up the good work in 2005.
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01/19/2005 06:05:03 PM
This is such a cool picture -- unless that was your kid, right? Perfect timing!
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01/18/2005 02:26:52 PM
Did you glue the ball to his helmet? Just kidding, great timing.
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01/18/2005 06:58:03 AM
Ouch! Great timing, but the effect is more that he has a ball stuck to his helmet. Impossible to capture a one off like this perfectly, but maybe a little more motion might have added to the drama. Would have been great to see the facial reaction as well.
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01/17/2005 06:10:12 PM
First look @ this said to self' dam it a baseball player picture'Look better to see the ball beaming him in head..Wow great picture.Capture the moment very well.Thank for sharing.Voted 8
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01/17/2005 05:13:08 PM
Charge the mound!
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01/17/2005 11:10:02 AM
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01/16/2005 07:05:03 PM
OUCH!! Perfectly captured brain scambler. Image seems a little tilted but might simply be from the angle of the shot.
01/16/2005 04:44:06 PM
You snapped at just the right moment! Good catch.
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01/16/2005 02:15:30 PM
great timinng
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01/16/2005 09:02:22 AM
you can almost see the dent in the helmet , very good
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01/16/2005 12:10:54 AM
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