Shimelle's last two prompts in "Love your pictures, love your pages" have been about finding your personal comfort zone in taking photographs and then in stepping outside it. I have thought (and blogged) a lot about photography and my style, so I won't bore you with all that again! But I did try to apply her lessons when I went to DS' sectional semifinal baseball game the other night and thought I'd share some of the results. The picture above is safely within my comfort zone: sports action photography. I love this picture of DS Henry applying a tag.
I also tried to move around and take pictures from a few different angles. I don't think this one worked very well:
But I did like this one, taken from the back, of the coach and baserunners watching a new pitcher warm up. I turned it to sepia and liked that effect:
It may surprise you (or not) to learn that I have very limited computer knowledge about working with my photographs. I don't have photoshop or photoshop elements or even any photo editing software, other than the free disk which came with my camera. I think a goal for next year will be to start learning about that side of photography. In the meantime, here's one more "out of my zone" picture that I liked. I turned it to black and white:
This is the huddle taking place when our starting pitcher left the game with one and a half innings left to play. He had thrown a brilliant game (allowing just two hits), but the rules only allow the boys to throw a certain number of pitches, in order to protect them from injury. In this picture, I imagine that the coach is telling Henry that, as short stop, it will be his responsibility to lead the defense and support the relief pitcher. And Henry did. Brilliantly as a matter of fact. The boys won 8-2 and play in the championship game on Thursday night. If they can win at least one of their next two games, they will qualify for the state tournament starting on Saturday in Sacramento. They've never gotten that far before, and it would be a dream come true for many of them. Keep sending those good luck vibes, and I'll let you know how it works out.