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Batter Up


Since October is the month for America's baseball play-offs before the World Series starts on October 24th, here's a week of pics from when we attended the game between Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros on August 2nd. 

Atlanta is in white in this game and Brian McCann is the catcher.  This particular night, the first 10,000 attendees to enter the stadium received a McCann t-shirt.  Yup.  We got two of them.  It pays to be a fan!

And we were very lucky to get seats right behind home plate!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Batter Up


Since October is the month for America's baseball play-offs before the World Series starts on October 24th, here's a week of pics from when we attended the game between Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros on August 2nd. 

Atlanta is in white in this game and Brian McCann is the catcher.  This particular night, the first 10,000 attendees to enter the stadium received a McCann t-shirt.  Yup.  We got two of them.  It pays to be a fan!

And we were very lucky to get seats right behind home plate!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (47)

A nice scene from the action. I like the effect created by the net.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Red Pen.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Oct 2007, 01:07
Wow! Great shot, and the kind of thing one might expect from the pro sports photographer with the really long white lens.
Love the way you have set up the net, Ginnie, like a fancy filter overlay and perfectly squared in your frame.
Ginnie Hart: You are just way too kind, Ray. But I must say I was really proud of our 12X optical camera. You do well with the macro; I concentrate more on the telephoto, I guess.

Anyway, that net was a bugger the entire game but what can you do about it. I was glad it was mostly straight but I did NOT use it all all for straightening the pic. Glad it seemed to fall into place. (You are so observant!)
  • ChaCha
  • Untied States
  • 2 Oct 2007, 03:27
Nice Framing Granny smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, NaCha.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 2 Oct 2007, 03:35
superb composition. The image is so full of action motion and suspense.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. That's what baseball is all about, Rags. smile Thanks.
Very nice Ginnie. I've only ever been to one baseball game and it was fun walking around eating cheesestake in philly.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're so right, Etomi. Being AT the game can be a bit distracting if you want to see the actual game. Better to watch it on TV. smile
Lucky you lol....nicely composed shot. It all about being in the right place at the right time and knowing what to do.... Here you were and you did smile
Ginnie Hart: I did feel very lucky indeed, Skee. Thanks!
Great compo Ginnie, dynamic and well done for this home plate angle !
I wonder, are they violent ??? ;-)
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing this is the slowest sport ever, Flo, which is why some people are bored with it. And NO, it's not violent at all, which is why grandmas want their grandchildren to play it instead of football. But once you get into the game, it really has its addiction. smile Thanks.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 2 Oct 2007, 06:18
I don't know about Basball, but it seems to bee really serious ! (LOL)
Ginnie Hart: It is totally serious business, Roland, for sure. smile Thanks.
Another brilliant action shot- love the contrast of the green and clay as it breakes the picture.
Ginnie Hart: Georgia clay--you got that right, Gale! smile Thanks.
A nice action shot; I like the way the picture is divided in small squares.
Ginnie Hart: That would be the net that was between us and the action, protection against foul balls. Can't live with it; can't live without it! Thanks, Wim.
Great picture Ginnie. What are those red things on the back of his legs? Lunch boxes?
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's actually a very good question, Bill. When he crouches down even further, before the ball is thrown, those red pads allow him to rest his butt against them. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Oct 2007, 08:06
Ginnie firstly what a fantastic position you managed to get and the shot is superb. Secondly this looks like a newspaper comp where the ball is erased and you have to guess where you think it is(put your X in the box). Glad you got your shirts smile
Ginnie Hart: You are a pure delight, Tracy! Actually, the ball is still in the pitcher's hand--the hand you don't see. He's in the wind-up before throwing the ball. Every pitcher's wind-up can be pretty elaborate. It's a wonder the ball ever ends up over the base, let alone in the strike zone! smile

And yes, we made sure we got our shirts! Donica has twin nephews in high school who will get them at Christmas time. They'll love them.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Oct 2007, 08:14
excellent "stopped" action shot - a career beckons ;o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't I wish. Actually, I'll leave that for the others and will stick to travel pics. But it sure was fun. smile Thanks, Mike.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Oct 2007, 08:41
a well balanced composition (divided in squares)with a nice change of green and lobsterred and white, full of action motion (and, sorry, some lovely men-'popos' :-D)!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Philine. Yup. Gotta have the men in there. smile
Sell this shot !!!
Ginnie Hart: What are you willing to pay for it, Shakara. It's going cheap! smile (You're a sweetheart!)
  • bridge
  • Nigeria
  • 2 Oct 2007, 09:18
Love your composition Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bridge.
Good shot Ginnie, was this a home run?
Ginnie Hart: I sure hope not, Sesan, since this was the other team. However, they did finally win the game, 12-11, in the 14th inning, so it may have been a good hit after all. Thanks.
For those who don't really know the game this is a very well caught shot, the only image that would have been better would have the pitcher at full stretch and the ball in the air.

Come to think of it Ginnie this would have been much, much better if you were shooting the Yanks or Mets but I guess you can't have everything ! smile smile

J
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your support, Johnny...but you are going a bit too far to wish this were the Yanks or Mets!!! smile But I'm glad I at least made you think of them again. smile
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Oct 2007, 10:28
Great series lately Ginnie...didn't have much time to comment on shutter lately, but i do look at your photo's every day!
The net gives it special touch...like it!
Petra
Ginnie Hart: It's always fun to see when you and Mal both pop up again, Petra. HA! And thanks for looking, even if you don't comment. I'll start feeling your presence. smile
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Oct 2007, 11:44
even better than yesterdays Ginnie, great action shot, a beauty. mal
Ginnie Hart: So glad you like it, Mal. And how appropriate for you to follow on the heels of Petra. smile I miss you guys.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 2 Oct 2007, 12:13
Was this a hit or did he swing and miss?
Great moment Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I have no clue, Magnus. All the time I took pics, I paid no attention to what was happening. BUT the Astros (guy at bat) did end up winning the game in the 14th inning, 12-11. It was a looooong game.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Oct 2007, 12:15
Lovely action and the net makes this an excellent shot.

Since mr McCann's shirt doesn't fit you (I remember all you complaints about size smile ) can I send you my postal address?
Ginnie Hart: HA! You almost tempt me, Louis. Would Large fit you? Actually, we're giving them to Donica's twin nephews at Christmas. They'll love them. (Too small for Donica and too big for me.)
Nice framing Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bernie.
  • astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Oct 2007, 12:47
You made my day Ginnie, with this picture, I was catcher too, this picture is outstanding!! You had good seats, at the game at the Tigers we were behind home plate too smile smile
Ginnie Hart: We had great seats, Astrid. I love that you were a catcher. That is one of the most important positions on the field!!! You really have to pat attention to everything! Good for you.
  • monika
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Oct 2007, 13:23
Very well spotted Ginnie! I am not into baseball at all but this image captured my attentionsmile
Ginnie Hart: So glad I grabbed your attention, Monika. It's a great sport. One of the least "violent" of them all. smile Thanks for stopping by and commenting again.
you know, you could be a sports photographer. Great clear shot. Did he get a hit?
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Gail. As I told someone else, this was fun but I think I'll stick to travel shots. smile I have no clue if he got a hit. I was too immersed in the photography at the moment. But they (Astros) did win the game in the 14th inning, 12-11. But Atlanta won the 3-game series. smile Thanks.
That it is happening here? I am discovering to a new Ginnie! To the Ginnie journalist and photographer of the section of sports! A perfect composition. The best colors! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't worry, Jose. I have to mix it up ever so often, just to keep everyone on their toes! grin Thanks.
  • Roger
  • United States
  • 2 Oct 2007, 14:32
This is a great mosaic. haha just kidding. I do love the colors. Something cool is about to happen. I can feel it.
Ginnie Hart: What happened was the Astros beat the Braves 12-11 in the 14th inning. BUT the Braves won the 3-game series, so it was a win-win situation. I sure had fun taking the pics. Thanks, Roger.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 2 Oct 2007, 15:29
I'm glad that net was there...I think that ball is coming in your direction smile It's a fantastic action shot and the net dividing it into little squares works so well...awonderful baseball puzzle!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks you kindly, Lina. You're a sweetheart.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 2 Oct 2007, 15:30
You should consider a second career as sports photographer! This is a very dynamic shot, especially for baseball smile
Ginnie Hart: For how much I love sports, that wouldn't be a bad idea, Martin...if we only stayed put long enough. smile Thanks.
  • Jeff
  • Texas, USA
  • 2 Oct 2007, 15:55
I love this shot. You catching one of Craig Biggio's last at bats is something. Great Capture.
Ginnie Hart: Are you serious, Jeff? Is that really Craig???? WOW! Then I should be super excited! Too bad his number isn't showing. And how ironic that both these teams finished the regular season playing each other! Even though we lost that last game (here and on this past Sunday), it was definitely Craig's day, as he ended his career. Lots of cheering for a great baseball player.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
The net is a great addition to a classic baseball shot!
Ginnie Hart: And it was just there, Jewlya! If you can't fight it, might as well accept it! smile Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 2 Oct 2007, 16:50
Yep, clear great shot through the net. Very nice! I just love baseball. Too bad the Tigers are not in either. sad
Ginnie Hart: Can't you just see Dad sitting 4 feet away from the TV, glued to the games! Oh well, another year for both of us...there's ALWAYS next year! Thanks, Ruth.
Nice capture. In England we call this rounders and it tends to be played by girls grin. Only teasing! All the best, Dave
Ginnie Hart: Yup! I heard about that, Dave! Hmmm. It sure intrigues me that we have baseball and football and you have soccer, cricket and rugby. smile Thanks.
coming from india and england i wouldnt know much about the players...fortunately video games have taught me the basics about this game...
no more rambling, this is just excellent for a sports shot...well composed and surprisingly sharp...whats paramount is that youve caught the pitcher at the critical moment...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sam. Will the rest of the world ever play baseball...like some day we hope the men here will really play soccer!?! smile Funny how that is. Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • brisbane
  • 2 Oct 2007, 21:27
Terrific shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aussie. It sure was fun. smile
  • chris
  • Somewhere south of the border!
  • 2 Oct 2007, 22:10
Well captured Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chris!
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 2 Oct 2007, 22:11
I must admit I'm not excited about baseball. After 15 years in America I still find it boring as hell. But this picture, Ginnie, has a quality that goes beyond baseball as a game: a frozen moment of anxious anticipation, players' nerves are stretched to the limits...Well done.
Ginnie Hart: It always amazes me when I find guys who aren't into baseball, VZ, but then, I'm also amazed when gals really are. So there you have it. Your words are very kind and humbling. Thank you.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Oct 2007, 22:11
Love the composition on this Ginnie - it's very carefully framed. I really like all the geometrical shapes and the players contrast so well against them.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so very much, Ingrid.
  • fabrizio
  • Switzerland
  • 2 Oct 2007, 22:31
this photos are wonderfuls
Ginnie Hart: Thank for stopping by and commenting, Fabrizio. But I wasn't able to get to your site through your link. sad
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Oct 2007, 23:45
Good action shot, like the way the net `frames the action. Well caught.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Les.
Beautiful shot, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen.
Great action photo ginnie ! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ferdi.
Again my mind drifts off to computer- and video games....once more a cool shot...
Ginnie Hart: I really like that comparison, Aksel. Thanks.
I think we have a winner here. Ginnie this is awesome. Real time.
Ginnie Hart: Flattery gets you everywhere, Busola. You know I love it. smile Thanks.
  • Tom
  • United States
  • 5 Oct 2007, 18:22
What great shot Ginnie! Great seats too! I'm from the Boston area, so it's game 2 here tonight at Fenway Park. I saw your page through Chris at shutterchance, that's how I got here. smile
Ginnie Hart: Wow. I's a small world after all! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Tom.
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Oct 2007, 08:50
I was just reviewing your archive from the latest backwards, chronologically, and while I know very little about baseball, this shot in particular caught my attention.

It captures everything I do know about it and strikes me as a great sporting shot worthy of a top sports photographer.

Classy.
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Colin, to backtrack like this. Thank you so very much. You honor me and I am humbled.

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