Sunday, May 11, 2008

Baseball: Maryland Terrapin Seniors

After taking some huddle shots of the NC State softball team prior to the ACC Championship game I headed over to Shipley Field to photograph the Terrapin senior baseball class. There were 8 seniors that graduated this Spring.

I decided to walk across campus. The weather was nice, and I enjoyed walking across campus while I attended school at Maryland. Although the walk was uphill from Comcast to Shipley it was worth it. It was kind of difficult to carry a long lens and big camera body but it wasn't overpowering.

Dave suggested I carry the 300mm f/2.8 lens and attempt to get a few in-game shots. I didn't think I'd have the time but thought it'd be better to have the lens and not need it rather than need the lens and not have it. He was right - I used the lens to get a few shots of the person who sang the national anthem.

When I arrived I bumped into Greg Fiume. He was there for the senior photos and was planning on sliding down to the women's lacrosse game. I was kind of surprised that he wasn't shooting the softball championships, but after talking with him it made sense. There weren't any Terrapins in the championships, and there were Terrapins in the women's lacrosse quarterfinals. Therefore he shot the women's lacrosse game.

The senior photos were so-so. It's difficult to compete with the team photographer. All the players know to look at him (rather than you) and so most of my shots of them from straight on didn't turn out well. I got a few straight on photos at the end that worked though. Midway through the ceremony I shifted around to the side and took photos of the players as they met their parents at home plate.

I asked Dave Lovell to SMS me when the softball game got into the bottom of the 4th inning. As soon as the seniors were wrapped up I received the notification from Dave to head back to Robert E. Taylor stadium for the conclusion of the softball game. I packed up my lens and headed back down towards Comcast without having fired a single action shot. Oh well...

More information on the 2008 Maryland Baseball Senior Class can be found over on the DC Sports Box.


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