Friday, June 11, 2010

a night at the park

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Some of us were not watching the Blackhawks win the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals, but instead attended a minor league Baseball game. I have nothing against hockey; I'm just not a big sports fan in general. Still, it was a good time for the few of us who attended. Man, that hockey championship left us with a lot of empty seats!! (This first photo courtesy of Mrs. Craver.)

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We were a lot closer than if we had gone to a major league game. I liked that. Our seats were behind home plate.

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Baseball is a little slow for me, but it gets better when you try to understand what the players are thinking and trying to do. Dial 911; somebody's trying to steal a base!

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I gotta get me some lights like that!! All I need is a 1.21 gigawatt power source, and I can bring artificial sunlight to any picture.

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The Cougars have a lot of things going on to keep their fans entertained. This dog brought water to the umpires. Some kids got a chance to pet it during the game, and before going home, we were allowed to run the bases. I didn't run, I just took really bad pictures of the runners. Note to self: next time, use the small lens when you're gonna be that close to the subjects.

8 comments:

Gaelyn said...

I'd bet that the game you went to was every bit as exciting as watching hockey. And you had great seats. So where does one get a set of lights like that? ;-)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am not a sports fan either and right now it seems like SA has gone crazy with the World Cup soccer starting here.

Shammickite said...

I'm going to a Jays vs Seattle game next week, and I bet your pix are way better than the ones I'm going to take.
Meanwhile the telly is full of World Cup Soccer.

imac said...

Nice shots my friend, Im not a sports fan either, and its football crazy this month with the World Cup.

lime said...

nice shot of the pitcher. the seating is a nice part of minor league parks. the one near our house really doesn't have a bad seat in the house and they are all affordable.

Craver Vii said...

For non-sports people like us, the minor league game was probably more fun, yes. Gaelyn, I need to figure out how to make those lights usable with a semi truck and hydraulic extension pole. ;-)

Ah, the beautiful game. I learned a little bit about soccer while coaching children, Joan. Soccer fans have a reputation for being wild, though. I'd prefer to see that on TV.

Enjoy the game, Shammy. At least you will have a big crowd for that game, right?

Do you spell it that way, Imac? I thought Europeans spelled it "futbol." I can get away with calling it futbol, but a person can get in trouble around here calling a thing football that is not "American football."

If I had a location with no obstructions, I could have gotten a sweet shot of a player sliding into second base, Lime. The shot I came away with, had a vertical beam right in the middle of the action.

Bird Girl said...

You got some neat shots at the ball park. I got my very first ever night hawk at a ball game (and only a tee ball game to boot) They seem to like those lights for the insects. In fact, I just read an article online about an American Kestrel that hangs out at all the games to capture moths (probably for the babies in a nest somewhere). That would be cool to catch.
You asked about my lens. It is a Canon 400mm 5.6. Has no image stabilization and no zoom. It is a prime (meaning that it stays at 400 all the time). I did a lot of research before I bought it. Turns out it is the cheapest and lightest prime lens you can buy and the reviews are excellent. I've had it since February and I would have to agree - I LOVE this lens. It is fast focusing and I use it at 5.6 all the time.
I had a Nikon D40x and a 70-300 VR lens before and I really loved it as well but I wanted something with more reach and sharper detail and with Nikon there wasn't really anywhere else to go without spending a ton of money and more weight to the lens. I use the poor mans image stabilization (which is burst or continuous shooting ;-)
Hope this answers your question and thanks for your nice comments always! (I think Chris uses the same lens but not sure)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: We have a minor league team in Akron and it is always more fun then the majors. That is true especially the way the Indians are playing. Your wife made a nice catch at the game, you and the kids.