There is no major league baseball team in the Portland, Oregon area and for two years we’ve been without professional baseball of any sort until this year. Now there is a short-season Single A baseball team called the Hillsboro Hops who have just begun play.
I went to a game recently with a friend and brought along my Nikon D5100 with the goal of capturing some quality baseball photos from a fan perspective. We were sitting down the right field line and in a minor league baseball stadium that is very close to the action. The northwest summer sunset was behind us.
The lighting was perfect for a still like the one you see, although from our seats it was not so good for stop-action. Plus the first base coach was often blocking the view of home plate. I went looking for other opportunities and decided to focus on in-between innings, which often is a world into itself.
I love the shadows and the simplicity of the interaction in this photo.
The casual moments often provide the best photos.