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Team Spirit

We're in the middle of our World Series for Major League Baseball.
Even though our Atlanta Braves didn't make it to the playoffs this year, let alone the World Series,
baseball is part of the American spirit for young and old alike.

This is a full-circle image, back to the one about starting them young
(For those who might ask, NO, this is not my grandson!)

Team Spirit

We're in the middle of our World Series for Major League Baseball.
Even though our Atlanta Braves didn't make it to the playoffs this year, let alone the World Series,
baseball is part of the American spirit for young and old alike.

This is a full-circle image, back to the one about starting them young
(For those who might ask, NO, this is not my grandson!)

comments (54)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Oct 2008, 01:34
Super portrait, Ginnie...no matter whose grandson he is!
Ginnie Hart: Seeing your comment made me realize I had this queued for the wrong date, Ray...so I've just edited it to show up on Monday. (sigh) But thanks anyway!
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 26 Oct 2008, 14:17
as long as the red sox aren't in the world series, i'm good.. lol!

-yankee fan

great shot btw! grin
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! I'm guessing there are as many who would say "As long as the Yankees aren't in the world series!" But we won't spill the beans. If it's not the Braves, I don't care. smile Thanks, Rian.
Wow! He is ready to conquer the title! Bravo!
Ginnie Hart: They really do start young, José Angel! smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 27 Oct 2008, 01:26
Great portrait Ginnie love the face painting
Ginnie Hart: Just think how much money those tattoo artists get each ball game, Vintage. smile
  • Kavita
  • Suriname
  • 27 Oct 2008, 02:16
Oh no...this is a superb shot, Ginnie!!!Hats off:p
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make me smile, Kavita. smile
  • NaCha
  • United States
  • 27 Oct 2008, 03:01
It's written all over him...Good catch
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that, NaCha.
very unique POV..nice shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dotun. Good to see you again!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Oct 2008, 07:46
Studied concentration on this young Brave ;o)
Ginnie Hart: You got that right, Mike! Thanks.
Superb portrait Ginnie. I like the POV. It's been a pleasure to browse through your blog again after having been away for so long!
Ginnie Hart: It's good to see you again, Richard. Thanks for the browse-through and for the comment.
  • Tracy
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Oct 2008, 07:51
So engrossed Ginnie, he really is taking it all in.
Lovely eyelashes too Musketeersmile
Ginnie Hart: His eyelashes were what I loved the most, Tracy! smile Thanks, Musketeer.
Looks like baseball is as tribal as football (soccer). Lovely hint of anticipation and concentration.
Ginnie Hart: And especially with the Atlanta BRAVES, "tribal" is apropos, Bill!
  • Donica
  • United States...for a change
  • 27 Oct 2008, 08:37
He is totally engrossed in the action on the field...just like Nicholas was! Great capture, as always!!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly. This could have been Nicholas...but Nicholas wasn't sitting in front of us. smile Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Oct 2008, 08:43
Lovely portrait Ginnie. This gives the impression of complete absorption.
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Ingrid. Maybe his favorite batter was up at the plate! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Oct 2008, 09:09
Yes, I thought of Nicholas, a nice portrait, self the neck hairs can be seen, a pic full of concentration and activity- the skin 'tatoo' seems to run forward! "Auf in den Kampf, Torero"!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like the way you think, Philine. smile
This is a great portrait. I like the way you have focused on the face painting.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sarthak!
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Oct 2008, 11:55
Something I've always wondered about the World Series - is it restricted to US teams?
Ginnie Hart: The Toronto (Canada) Blue Jays are in the American League and they're the ONLY team outside of the USA, so go figure, Ellie!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Oct 2008, 12:34
Are you now stalking other people's grandsons? tongue

Great picture and I wonder is he focussing on the game or an ice-cream.

How's it with the coffee routine - old salt now?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Let's just say I pay attention to other "grandsons," Louis, now that I have my own. smileNo ice cream in that fucus...he was staring at home plate which was right in front of our view.

The coffee routine is still NOT old hat (though better than it was a mobth ago) but the irony is that I am resigning next week and going back to traveling with Donica. It's a long story.....
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 27 Oct 2008, 12:45
Lovely portrait Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aussie!
  • Dr A. W!
  • the states
  • 27 Oct 2008, 14:07
well spotted gin

well composed too
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, DrAW.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 27 Oct 2008, 14:24
Exceptional portrait...extraordinary tones. He's such a handsome boy.
Ginnie Hart: He's what we call a heart breaker, right?!!
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 27 Oct 2008, 14:31
Ginnie .. so great emotions ... perfect!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 27 Oct 2008, 15:58
Very nicely captured, and composed. Beautiful processing as always smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Paul. Thanks.
  • Fotografa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Oct 2008, 16:01
Cricket and Baseball are two sports over the years that I've just failed to grasp, and probably never willsmilesmile Lovely composition and colour tones.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Cricket I'm not used to so it would take some doing to get acquainted with the rules, but it looks like it's fun, like our football. More action than our baseball games, for sure. Thanks, Fotografa.
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 27 Oct 2008, 16:37
i love this shot very much Ginnie. i love the focus on the face and the face paint. the tone you used is superb!
Ginnie Hart: Gotta love those tattoo artists, Claire! smile
Suitable crop of hair, good crop by you and I see he hasn't starting to crop his beard yet. richard
Ginnie Hart: You are on a roll, Richard!!! grin
  • zohre
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 27 Oct 2008, 16:40
Great angle and portrait. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Zohre.
Like the framing of this portrait, great picture. You captured his intensity and concentration on the game. Great angle of the face painting too. Nice one Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Sir John. Thank you.
  • Robin
  • United States
  • 27 Oct 2008, 17:26
Great DOF!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Robin. That means a lot.
Lovely portrait of this young man Ginnie, i also like the really OOF background.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Brian, as always.
  • Still
  • France
  • 27 Oct 2008, 21:47
That is a fan! Superb portrait.
Ginnie Hart: A fan indeed, Still. Thanks.
Cute!!! The blurring of the background makes the portrait really powerful. Good one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Gotta love that Aperture Priority setting, Albert! smile Thanks.
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 27 Oct 2008, 23:06
Wonderful photo. I like the angle you caught this young man in, and the light is excellent. Skin art - guess they start young! smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Martie, they do start young. I love to see the kids showing off the team colors. smile
  • mary
  • United States
  • 27 Oct 2008, 23:07
It's a portrait, really, of youthful innocence and dreams in America... lovely, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I bet this young fella is in his own league already! Thanks, Mary.
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 28 Oct 2008, 00:04
Great portrait of a young fan.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Reza.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 28 Oct 2008, 00:12
Wonderful portrait. Love how you've captured his innocence and total focus and concentration. Baseball IS life..is it not?!?!?
Ginnie Hart: I like the innocence, too, Marcie. Makes you want to know what he'll be doing 10 years from now! Thanks.
That is a terrific shot and processing. The tones give it a look of nostalgia.
Ginnie Hart: Baseball goes back a long time, Michael, so it IS a look of nostalgia, for sure. Thanks.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 28 Oct 2008, 02:10
Great colors and processing. Very good !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Carsten.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 28 Oct 2008, 09:35
Magic. Very clear and crisp.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Brian. I loved having my camera at the game. smile
spirit symbolism...hmmmm nice candid .. Regards from Yogyakarta Indonesia //
Ginnie Hart: Spirit is what this is all about, Bram. smile Thanks.
nice capture...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chantal.
I'm mourning the red socks defeat, Ginnie, but have to now support the Phillies.
Ginnie Hart: Truth be known, Chad, I never watched one game of the series this year! I still can't believe how my mind was just not there this time around!!!
  • vera
  • iran
  • 28 Oct 2008, 13:38
fine framing! and colors fr his frekles
Ginnie Hart: His freckles were what I loved most about his face, Vera. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.
  • Red Pen
  • United States
  • 29 Oct 2008, 13:37
I really like the perspective of this shot, and the focus on the face painting.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Red Pen. I love when kids get into sports like this. smile
That's young!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Chris!
  • Ilger.nl
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Oct 2008, 21:17
Nice capture...

Have you been at one of the games?
Ginnie Hart: I have never been to a World Series game, Ilger, but I have been to many baseball games over the years, especially here in Atlanta! Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 29 Oct 2008, 22:14
I am so not into baseball this year, since our Tigers didn't do so well.

But if I had a grandson into it, that would be another story.

Love the photo.
Ginnie Hart: We weren't into the World Series at all this year, Ruth. Never watched one game. So weird because we almost always watch the series. Hmmmm. But we do like our times when Nicholas is with us at a regular-season game, no matter who wins.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 30 Oct 2008, 07:36
I love the image. Well shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kanyi!
I think that i could appreciate baseball if I were American, Ginnie. My American friends that we visited Spain with recently explained the rules. That helps. I could never like a contact game like American football. It reminds me of rugby.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right about the contact sports, Chad. I always wince when g'son Nicholas acts interested in football. In this regard, I would love if he stuck to baseball!! Thanks.
  • Cliff
  • Germany
  • 30 Oct 2008, 17:50
Nice Portrait. I like the untypical angle. Also nice sharpness point. Well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Cliff.
  • Frida
  • Germany
  • 30 Oct 2008, 21:56
What a beautiful portrait. Very nice in composition and colours.
Ginnie Hart: Your comments always make my day, Frida. Thank you.
He Ginnie,
Nice captured shot and so pure.
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Greetings JoAnn's eyes/Holland
Happy weekend!
( I could not comment my comments won't show so I'l try again)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, JoAnn! Hartelijke groeten.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 1 Nov 2008, 20:27
when I see a portrait of a child I'm always fascinated by the same thing : their peach skin and the softness of their outlines...and they always seem what they really are: beautiful projects of a human being smile
I just loved the angle on this one!
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Lina. The young children often seem so "unblemished" by the world. You know that your comments always mean the world to me. Thank you.
I like the placement of the head and the angle you have caught him, with the painting in his face and his eye lashes - I sense some intesity here...
Ginnie Hart: He was really paying attention for such a young boy, Aksel. I liked watching him. Thanks.
Beautiful idea from this angle of view !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!

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