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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Astros prospect Jordan Lyles makes Triple-A debut

My afternoon assignment on Tuesday was photographing a 19-year-old Houston Astro’s prospect who was making a Triple-A debut with the Round Rock Express. Although my single focus was on the young pitcher, I shot a few features in the ballpark and happened to catch the umpire calling a runner safe at home plate (third photo). One thing I loved about the assignment was the light. The game started at 7 p.m. with long shadows on the field that progressed as the sun set in the West. Instead of avoiding the sunlight or exposing away from it, I made some photos with an emphasis on the harsh contrast between shadow and sunlight. This is something I’ve really developed an eye for this summer. Now when I go on assignments, I often find myself looking for this.

Round Rock Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, throws to a Sacramento batter during his first minor league start at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Lyles is one of the Astro's top prospects.

Round Rock Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, throws to a Sacramento batter during his first minor league start at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Lyles is one of the Astro's top prospects.

Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, runs out to the mound at the top of an inning against Sacramento at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.

Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, runs out to the mound at the top of an inning against Sacramento at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.

Home base umpire Mike Lusky signals safe as Express first baseman Brian Bogusevic (23) slides into home plate, scoring Round Rock's first run in a game against Sacramento at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.

Home base umpire Mike Lusky signals safe as Express first baseman Brian Bogusevic (23) slides into home plate, scoring Round Rock's first run in a game against Sacramento at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.

A few fans shade their eyes from the setting sun as Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, takes the mound to face a Sacramento batter during a game at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.

A few fans shade their eyes from the setting sun as Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, takes the mound to face a Sacramento batter during a game at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.

Youngsters watch as Express catcher Brian Esposito (2) warms up in a slit of light in the outfield before a game against Sacramento at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.

Youngsters watch as Express catcher Brian Esposito (2) warms up in a slit of light in the outfield before a game against Sacramento at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.

Round Rock Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, walks back to the mound during a game against Sacramento in his first minor league start at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Lyles is one of the Astro's top prospects.

Round Rock Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, walks back to the mound during a game against Sacramento in his first minor league start at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Lyles is one of the Astro's top prospects.

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