Oregon vs. UCSB Game 3

Photos - Dave Peaks

Game 3 between Oregon Ducks and UCSB was played Sunday at 12:00.  Oregon’s starting pitcher, David Peterson, pitched a very good game.  He did walk the first batter and then made a throwing error trying to keep the runner at first base close to the bag.  The runner advanced to third base on the error and eventually scored.  Other that those two setbacks, David pitched a great game and stayed in the game through the 7th inning.  The oregon bats came alive just enough to score three runs and scored the victory over UCSB by a score of 3 to 1.

My objective when I shoot a sporting event is to provide photos to be used by a sports writer in his or her article.  So, in my photo essays, I will mention the experience I had shooting a particular event.  I want to produce the best photos I can for the writer so I look at things like the lighting, the weather, and the action on the field.  All of those things can affect what I capture on the sensor.  Today, the weather was mostly in my favor.  Just once was there a downpour for a short while.  Nothing too tramatic.  Several of us photographers have found a good spot which is along the first base line near home plate.  The camera lens needs to be as close to the netting as possible so the netting is not visible in the photo.  First base is another hot spot for photographers.  The last location is behind home plate so we get shots of the pitcher straight on.

This is my second baseball season shooting the action and I’m still learning a bit about the action and being ready.  Ever so often I’m guilty of watching what is going on and not recording it.  I will say I’m getting a bit better.  I will be looking forward to the next game March 18.

I am a photographer that loves to shoot action. I have been a wildlife photographer for many years and recently decided to become a sports photographer. I love sports and to be able to capture the height of the action and the expressions on the players faces. It's a work in progress. I hope to shoot many sporting events in the years to come.

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