Earlier this week I photographed my last basketball assignment of the season. While I am disappointed to end my run as the South Bend Tribune’s designated armpit photographer, I am glad that it’s finally baseball season. After months of cold and snow, it’ll be nice to get outside to shoot a few games in the coming weeks. Oddly enough I’ve never been a die hard fan of any particular ball club – something that probably comes from growing up in MLB-less Indiana. Despite this, I really enjoy photographing it. I’m especially looking forward to baseball assignments this season after such a long, cold and basketball-filled winter.
Our staff recently upgraded to the Canon EOS-1D X. Previously, our newest sports camera was the 1D Mark III. It’s quite a huge jump, but for the past couple weeks I hadn’t had the opportunity to let it rip on a sports assignment where the 1D X really excels. I used a 1D X at the BCS National Championship Game in January, but I was itching to try it out at a baseball game where it really helps to have a quick autofocus and high frame rate.
The South Bend Silver Hawks played a rare midweek matinee on Wednesday stealing a few bases – and ultimately the victory – from the Fort Wayne TinCaps. I’ve been on quite a stretch of sports assignments at the Tribune recently, which will continue this weekend with Notre Dame’s Blue vs. Gold spring football game. After months of shooting basketball, I’m starting to dust off some rust with my baseball shooting. When you’re used to constant action in basketball, it’s a change of pace to suddenly need to summon the patience and attention it takes to photograph baseball properly.