And the world fell silent
The world fell silent on that Holy Saturday. The Lord who lowered himself to become a mere mortal man, in death went even lower. As he opened the gates of hell, we could not see his preaching and the legions coming to the sound of his voice and the promise of salvation.
This thought from todays Divine Office sermon in the daily Office of Readings made me think a lot differently today. The rain here last night stopped baseball and sports in its tracks across northern metro Atlanta. My day went from overfull to silent in outside activity. We were able to do what my heart really no desires, focus on preparing for the big religious celebration tomorrow.
I spent time with my father collecting a few final supplies for the big Easter feast. It was busy out in public, but the time we spent together reflectively. The children were at home with my wife, mother and sister prepping the house and the easter cake (A two foot tall bunny cake). When we arrived home we all decorated the eggs made with care in the morning by my mother, dad and I. My wife was checking out the clothing for Easter Sunday, and making sure we had enough of the vitial things like dark socks cleaned and folded. Then a final treat when my Dad took us all out for dinner…before we shuffled everyone off to bed.
Now the house is quieting down…only the two year old remains calling for anyone to get her out of the crib to play a few more hours (this kid does not sleep enough…GO GO GO).
I’m now reflecting on the incredible challenges we overcame, the love of friends helping us in deed and prayer through those challenges, and finally the growth my family went through spirituallyin the 40 days of Lent.
I am happy the world went silent today. It gave me the time to now go to bed with a long list of thanksgiving prayers I need to say.
The first to the Lord for his suffering and final victory. The rest to all those who followed his teachings to lift us up when we were down.
Lessons in Silence
One of the things about being the Dad with a camera in Little League is you have to learn to be an observer…and nothing more.
See if you capture the critical play and know the umpire got it wrong..you’d better stay quiet. It is the umpire’s field, he called it the way he saw it, and he’s the authority not you. To kick, shout or throw a tantrum is to dishonor your team and status as a photographer. It will also get you asked to leave and not come back! Anyway the umpires called a good game, excellent strike zone and kept it all moving. Besides if you focus on your craft, you capture a moment and show how to be a good relaxed Dad.
My son did well. Pulled in a fly out in right, grounded into an infielders choice, and caught for an inning. He got settled down and did well behind the plate. He had a great play guarding the plate…but I will refer back to the lesson in silence and not tell you the call! See whether he got credit for the out or not it did not matter for the purposes of me getting to stay on the field! He hauled the ball in, got a tag on the runner, and improved during his second tour behind the plate this season. I got to see all this without a fence in front of me, and with a 60-250mm (90-375mm with a 1.5 crop factor) telephoto lens! HEHE!
So that takes me to today…first game I was able to shoot all season from start to finish. I vowed today to make sure I did as little as I could in post production. So I shot RAW + JPEG, set the camera to vibrant, worked the exposure settings between shots to get the best one, played with highlight and shadow controls in camera…and worked it as well as I could. Big thing in post is cropping, and then some extra highlight controls (it was very bright!). By working hard, and getting the JPEGs right I got the work done quickly today. If something needed extra work it would only take a few seconds to switch to the RAW and try to recover a few more highlights of shadows to enhance the shot. Today I did not have to do that at all.
So in a few minutes I’ll share the photos with both teams (the other team’s coach was my son’s coach last fall)…and head off to bed…job all done!
Now all I need to to get paid for this sometime!
P.S. Mr Pentax K-5 with 60-250F4 all day long
A close game
Today was the season closing game for Roswell Little League Fall Ball. We had a nail biter of a game. The Royals put on a furious rally in the bottom of the 5th, scoring five runs…but our very last available pitcher fought for the final three outs and got the save. With the save came the division title for our Astros. I think we ended up second in the league, but I’m not sure if that was part is official yet.
It was a great season, I can’t say enough for the good coaches and families that made it so enjoyable for all the boys.
If you want to see a compilation of the year please feel free to click right here…
Roswell Astros 2013 11-12
It was a long day…so this will be brief and I’ll close out with just a few more images from today.
Just a reminder that if your in the Atlanta area and would like something like these products made up for your team please let me know. I’d love to help you out!
PS Two photos taken by My Pentax K-5 with the 60-250 and one from the Fujifilm X-E1. Edited in Aperture using a Sarah France Holga Color preset. I used the preset to make the photos across the video as consistent as possible even while taken across different days and with different cameras. I think it worked for that purpose…let me know what you think.
Last two games of the season coming up for the Roswell Astros (11-12 year olds). During a season you can get a lot of good action shots, but a team portfolio is not complete without some ambiance shots. During night games here I don’t have the full frame and F2.8 lenses needed to capture quality action shots. So instead I switched up my gear to use my FujiFilm X-E1 and my fastest prime lens…my 35mm F1.4. Just walking around the dugout you can usually find some interesting if you open up your eyes and switch gears from action to environmental shooting.
This is my son’ s hat, glove and batting glove. It was his inning to sit the bench while the team was in the field. So they were stacked up while he waited his turn to head back out. While the available light may be awful for moving subjects, the same situation may be interesting and add nostalgia to an environmental photo.