|Nikon D3000, 10.5mm, 1/25, f/2.8, ISO 800|
No sooner do I get the State Fair series going than I have to interrupt it for “breaking news.” With the end of baseball season fast upon us, I took advantage of our final Friday night at the ballpark to shoot some pictures.
I tried a few traditional shots of the game, but the longest lens I brought with me maxed at 200mm. From the back of the stands, it wasn’t exactly producing Sports Illustrated cover shots. Likewise my attempts at street photos of the crowd weren’t working. Perhaps I was in a moody mood, but I wasn’t feeling the people thing.
On the other hand, I found myself captivated by the light. I can’t remember the last time I strolled around the ballpark after dark. Usually by that point I’m in my seat watching the game. Thus the results I got tended to emphasize light and architecture.
The picture at the top of this post is my favorite of the set. I love what the 10mm lens did with the sunset. I also love what it did with the curving lines of the ramp. The shot has a range of elements from the industrial stuff at the bottom to the isolated people going about their business to the city in the distance and the sky above.
Funny how the ramp looks different depending on lens and perspective. Here’s another view:
|Nikon D7000, 56mm (28-200), 1/60, f/5.6, ISO 800|
From the back row of the upper deck, this is what the ballpark looks like:
|Nikon D3000, 10.5mm, 1/60, f/2.8, ISO 800, adjusted|
When I’ve shot this view in the past I’ve gotten closer to cut out some of the roof, but this time I thought it might be fun to include it. Besides, the large crowd prevented me from setting up much closer.
While I was up top, I noticed that the lights were catching smoke or steam or mist or something:
|Nikon D7000, 100mm (28-200), 1/80, f/5.3, ISO 800, adjusted|
This shot of the escalators gives you a nice sense of vertical space:
|Nikon D3000, 10.5mm, 1/25, f/4, ISO 800|
For perspective, note the size difference between the people on the closest escalator and the person next to the bottom.
I was a little disappointed by the Fan Zone (again, maybe I wasn’t in the mood for people shots). But I did manage to capture some fun motion blur from the carousel.
|Nikon D3000, 10.5mm, 0.3 sec., f/8, ISO 800, cropped|
Despite the absence of a tripod, I got the slow shutter speed to work by bracing my elbows on a rail. Note that the still parts of the shot (such as the picture of the bats in the center) are clear and the moving parts are streaks of light and color. That’s what you’re after in a shot like this.