I got the chance to shoot one of my nephews' Cal Ripken league baseball games this summer. I remember playing ball as a kid, but this was nothing like I remember. Not only were they serious, but they were seriously good. Imagine being 8 years old, tie game, bottom of the last inning with a guy on 3rd base - and No Outs!
After 2 tough outs, they just had to get one more to get out of that jam and go to extra innings. This was the play at the plate - pitcher covering home, good throw, good catch, apply the tag, out by a few feet! It was a more exciting inning than I've seen in the major leagues all season!
This shot emphasized to me an important point I've read about several times now: it always makes a photo more dramatic to capture an event right BEFORE it happens as opposed to just after. The tension that builds beforehand and the (in this case only slight) uncertainty of what will happen afterward are really what make it interesting.
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