One of the most important things that I have learned during this entire experience, as well as studying at Kent is CYB aka Cover Your Butt. This means that when you are shooting something, make sure you get something usable and then get all artsy and start playing around with different angles, lighting and stuff like that.
On Monday, I shot the Lake County Captains game. This was very exciting to me for two reasons. One, I absolutely love shooting baseball and these are future Cleveland Indian players, which is cool when you think about it. Two, Indians catcher Carlos Santana was there on a rehab assignment after he got hit in the mask with a ball and got a concussion.
So, when I got to the stadium, I found the reporter, David Glasier, and put my stuff away and got ready to take some shots before the game began.
One of the most interesting type of shots that I was going to get was if Santana would sign autographs for the lined up fans and if he would have any interaction at all with them. Unfortunately, he didn’t sign autographs, so I couldn’t get that shot.
But, I got shots of other future Indians signing as well as one of the opposing team. One important thing to know about the way the Captains come out is they go from the locker room and go down a railing to get out to the field. While I did need to go back to my bag and put my stuff away, I didn’t rush there at first. Instead, I stayed a little bit higher and took pictures as Santana walked down, which I really liked a lot. The shots turned out way different, which is a good thing.
See, here’s the thing about me. I am constantly checking USA Today’s Day in Pictures/Sports and looking at the way the photographers frame people and can get different types of shots. That is what is so interesting to me about photography is being able to create a dynamic image that tells a story.
Once I changed my lenses, it was right to work taking pictures of the game itself. I also took pictures of the crowd because there will be a three-day feature running in about two weeks or so featuring past crowd shots as well as shots that I took.
Anyway, Santana got to bat in the second inning. And he popped out. And again his next time and the time after that he grounded out. So, in between innings I knew it was time to CYB. I took a lot of shots of him in the dugout making strange faces and talking to people. I really think by the end of the game, he was thinking “Who is this girl taking photos of me and when is she going to focus on the game? Stop taking photos of me”.
Or that could just be my warped sense of humor. Anyway, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Santana steps up to the plate and the Captains are down 3-1. He sends a ball back and in the words of Tom Hamilton, the ball is GONE! He had hit a two-run home run to tie the game at three.
Finally, I get some action shots of Santana and on his way back from tagging the bases, I got a very nice shot of him pointing to his Captains teammates.
After his home run, he was done for the day and on his way to Detroit to join his teammates in playing the Tigers. The point was I got my shot and I covered my behind just in case.