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Postponed is back on the card

April 23, 2012 - Michael Palmer
After April began as an uncharacteristic dry month with few rain outs, here come the showers and the inevitable rain delays. The PPD on the daily docket means that the OVAC semi-finals in baseball have been sent into limbo land.

The Saturday line up was to be a perfect day for me, shooting photos at three very competitive baseball games. Very disappointing, because now the games are rescheduled away from the neutral sites and back to home fields at different locations.

Barnesville will get in their game with Bellaire this evening but the rest of the games are crowding into an already full agenda for late season ball fields later this week with rain in the forecast again Thursday.

OVAC softball semi-finals kick off tomorrow evening at the I-470 complex. This should be a great opportunity for me to get some softball photos.

Taking a good photo at baseball and softball games requires a quick eye but if you know the game and are prepared for where the action will be taking place, there is the possibility for a spectacular action shot.

Unfortunately, even the best prepared photographer may not get the opportunity to shoot a close play at any base during a game. There are games where all the scoring is done on seeing eye singles, and fly balls into the gaps and others have nothing that even comes close to being an action shot leaving little to shoot but the pitchers.

Therefore, I have made it a habit to always begin the game by shooting the pitchers in action. You then wait and hope for an action shot and then if it is in focus... you have a good B1 picture for the next days' edition.

It is always a good ides to keep the camera at ready, even on what would seem routine plays. Twice this season I have used foul ball pictures taken just as two players collide. Once last season I happened to get an in focus shot of an outfielder diving for a shallow fly ball, which turned out to be the only action photo from the game. It was a bit far from the lens and needed to be enlarged, but the pixels were there to allow the zoom.

The other spring sports, track and tennis are a bit less challenging in terms of being in the right spot. One exception is the relays. If you want to get a good baton transfer shot you need to pick a corner and wait for the exchange. A photographer has to be a lot faster than I am to get from that spot to the finish line, so it is critical to get the right runners for the transfer.

The favorites at track meets are the jumpers, high jumps and pole vaults and of course the hurdles. These are a bit challenging, you need to scout the subject and find out which way they turn and how they cross the bar in the first two and in the hurdles the challenge is to stay clear of the track helpers on hand working as the Hurdle Crew.

Down in front – I know you are volunteers and have no idea you are in the way, so here is the advanced warning, I repeat, down in front.

A phrase I hear quite often if I stay crowd side, so I try my best to shoot the events from a non-blocking spot whenever possible.

I have three softball games to shoot tomorrow evening, there is the Buckeye 8 track meet at St. C and numerous baseball contests I will be missing, but that is a fact we must all live with... You can't be at two, or more, places at the same time.

So if you are at the softball games Tuesday evening, I will see you there. Oh, dress warm.


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