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Wet outfield



Sometimes when shooting sports I get bored with the action so I look for other angles. After a soggy night, the Clemson baseball field will still a little water...
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Sometimes when shooting sports I get bored with the action so I look for other angles. After a soggy night, the Clemson baseball field will still a little water logged. The sun was shining just right to capture this image.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo during a Clemson University baseball game in Clemson, South Carolina.
Time
This was in the early evening just as the ever-popular "Golden Hour" had started.
Lighting
Clemson's baseball stadium is tough for angles. The third base line is nice for outfield. Just okay at home. And back lit at second. The first base line is great for second and home plate, crap for outfield. I was down the third base line hoping to get some good fielding and outfield. The sun was shining slightly behind and to the right of the outfield. It had rained earlier that day and the outfield was sopping wet. Every time the outfielders would run, they would sling this large arch of water behind them. The center fielder feature in this photo was at just the right angle for the background to drop out and the water to be illuminated.
Equipment
I used a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a 400mm lens on a monopod.
Inspiration
Baseball can be fast or it can be super, duper slow. Usually the later. During those moments I try to look for something else that interests me. Light, features, fans, etc. After a recent rain, the light was illuminating the rain water that was being tossed behind the players as they ran. A shadow was being cast from the outfield stadium seats onto the back wall and into parts of the outfield. It created this nice dark backdrop that allowed for the water drops to pop. It was too good to pass up.
Editing
There is minimal adjusting of levels and curves to adjust light, dark and some contrast.
In my camera bag
Normally, two bodies and two lenses. One body for a 16-35 and another for a 70-200. When I was working for a newspaper, I also had a 400 mm and a 24-70mm.
Feedback
Just look for the light. The shadowed wall was the biggest help for the contrast.

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