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Astro's Beat Cardinals
Astro's Beat Cardinals

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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Hart Pony Baseball & Softball League
Date: May 10, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1250
Galleries: Sports, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 10, 2008

Rigged my camera onto a C-stand, off set the arm, used a cartellini clamp holding onto a bogun super clamp.

Safetied the camera with #8 white sash rope to the fence.

Used ratchet straps top and bottom of stand attached to the fence to keep stand secure.

Counter weighted the C-stand arm with a sand bag because the weight of the camera and cables made the arm sag.

Plugged in my AC adapter into my camera body so batteries were never an issue.

Got my angle, got my focus, gaffer taped the focus in place for insurance, switch from AF to MF.

Used a remote switch above home plate, behind the back stop, off the first base foul line side.

RAW=Levels, WB, Crop

PS=Level,curve,highlight & shadow, Dodge and burn, convert, USM, Half USM, USM contrast, reduce,

Place: 9 out of 194
Avg (all users): 6.8552
Avg (commenters): 8.0385
Avg (participants): 6.8592
Avg (non-participants): 6.8514
Views since voting: 2909
Views during voting: 248
Votes: 145
Comments: 42
Favorites: 9 (view)

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11/28/2008 05:32:42 PM
The face say it all!!
05/20/2008 04:08:10 PM
This is really a great shot man! Cool set up, awesome that you shared it with us. Inspirational. thanks! :-)
05/20/2008 12:32:09 AM
Slappin the tag before the ball is caught is a No No ! Nice shot, well done.
05/19/2008 06:46:07 PM
23 fives??? That's crazy! This was front page material all day. Thank goodnes ChromeyDome stopped buy with a little virtual recognition for ya!
05/19/2008 04:21:01 PM
I thought this was an excellent shot. I loved the angle and the action captured. I appreciate that you included your set-up info. I will probably not be setting up cameras in this fashion but it helps give me ideas so I can shoot my own kids as baseball season approaches. Amazing photo.
05/19/2008 10:16:14 AM
Thanks for the kind words.
05/19/2008 08:46:13 AM
in my opinion you were robbed...this is amazing work, perfectly fits challenge, the use of ABC is unbelievable, and the angle / perspective / shot in general is just faultless.

10 from me, and definitely should have been the blue :D
05/19/2008 06:01:32 AM
I actually cannot believe this did not ribbon, and more importantly, did not get the blue. This is fabulously captured, it hits the title on the head, and the set up/ delivery is fabulous. Great work!
05/19/2008 04:23:03 AM
Fantastic capture, Thom! You had all the elements working for you here! Congrats on a top ten!
05/19/2008 02:26:16 AM
Amazing composition.
05/19/2008 12:58:15 AM
What a great action shot
05/19/2008 12:48:10 AM
This is just freakin' awesome. Amazing shot!
05/19/2008 12:41:56 AM
Thought this might be a ribbon contender actually, but congrats on the top 10 finish and a PB
05/19/2008 12:37:05 AM
a personal best! A great action shot, love the terror in the kid's eyes. Congrats on the top 10
05/19/2008 12:11:40 AM
Wow - what an amazing capture. How the **** did you manage to get this POV? Good tonal range, great emotion, and terrific stop action. Well done.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2008 10:33:29 PM
This is such an ideal story-telling shot that I would almost swear you had it set up and posed. If so, both those models deserve academy awards. Nice job.
05/18/2008 10:31:42 PM
Perfect timing and flawlessly captured. Such a victorious moment! I can literally hear the cheering of the crowd as I view this image.
05/16/2008 08:35:42 AM
This has been my favorite since I first perused through the thumbnails. The facial expressions are awesome, the focus is perfect, there's just nothing I don't like about it. And you couldn't have had a title fall in your lap easier than this one! :-) Hope to see this on the front page!
05/16/2008 08:14:39 AM
Great action shot.
05/16/2008 07:13:11 AM
9 - Excellent capture.
05/15/2008 11:16:10 PM
Kid thinks he is Lance Berkman. :)
What a great shot. Fantastic focus and great facial expressions.
05/15/2008 12:45:20 PM
Their expressions are priceless. I know this is a shot that the little guy sliding into home would LOVE. Wonderful.
05/14/2008 03:07:31 PM
Perfect title!! Cute image, nice detail and action.
05/14/2008 12:30:30 PM
Great action shot!
05/13/2008 10:05:10 PM
05/13/2008 08:26:41 PM
Awesome Capture!
05/13/2008 05:37:32 PM
Wonderful moment captured!
05/12/2008 10:49:43 PM
WOW the expressions are priceless... the textures are -beautiful (detail/focus/balance of white and dark in your B&W are great) and it made me laugh because you actually have he A & C in the image with the ball out of reach of the catcher and the foot almost on home plate... but I wonder did they actually win or not now.... ;) = high score, the knee in the dirt and everything is just -sooo well framed captured! i look forward to seeing who this is by...
05/12/2008 10:24:11 PM
Wild photo. I can not decide whether I like the action (pose) or not. The facial expressions just put me off for some reason.
05/12/2008 10:20:11 PM
Really great sports capture. One my favorites by far! Good choice to use black & white for this shot.
05/12/2008 07:21:33 PM
Is this Hart in Santa Clarita? Nice moment you captured there!
05/12/2008 02:06:25 PM
Go Astros!
05/12/2008 12:22:28 PM
Great action shot and great title. I checked the Jerseys to make sure the names were right ;)
05/12/2008 10:03:12 AM
Well, technically they aren't yet "beat" because he's yet to touch the plate. They are about to be beat, but with two inches to go anything could happen. He could lift his foot, miss the plate, pitcher or catcher could recover ball and tag him out. But I doubt the umpires at this level would catch that. So the win is imminent. But I digress. Nice shot. And Astros has no apostrophe. :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/12/2008 09:45:15 AM
Very good action shot and title to match.
05/12/2008 09:11:32 AM
Great photographic 'catch'... typo in the title though... I hope your team won! The ball there just makes this shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/12/2008 08:58:02 AM
What a perfect catch!
05/12/2008 03:58:22 AM
Such good timing. And a title that you would hear in everyday English, unlike most of the others.
05/12/2008 02:28:29 AM
nice action shot
05/12/2008 12:43:01 AM
Wow - perfect title!
05/12/2008 12:42:01 AM
composed intoxicatingly. favified on comp - extra credit for authentic feel and processing.8.
05/12/2008 12:35:09 AM
great action shot...love the expressions 8

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