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New Photo Friday :: Friendly Sports

This week I shot a Lake Erie Crushers semi-pro baseball game for the Morning Journal, and my picture for today’s New Photo Friday encapsulates why I enjoy spring/summer sports so much–aside from the sunshine and warm temperatures, of course. I’ve noticed that in spring sports, especially baseball and softball, everyone is so much more friendly. I started to get a bad taste in my mouth for winter sports because of the awful behavior of fans and players. There was so much nastiness toward opponents. But in spring sports, I saw much more camaraderie between players from opposing teams. They could compete against each other and still be civil, oftentimes even friends. I saw coaches congratulate players from opposing teams when they played well; I saw players support their opponents; I saw parents acknowledge when youngsters competing against their kids did well. That’s not to say I didn’t see anyone acting foolish and immature, just far less frequently. 

In this photo, the short stop got the baserunner out trying to steal, but they had a friendly little back and forth before they left the field. Each player was all smiles and it made me smile, so I love this picture that captured a bit of it. I took this with my Canon 5D Mark II and my Canon 300mm/2.8f lens (oh my God I love this lens for baseball and can’t wait to use it for football season!).

friendly sports

 

What have you been shooting this week?

Jennifer Forbus: football camp

New Photo Friday :: Football Camp

My new photo to share this week is from a football camp I shot for The Morning Journal this week. This camp was co-sponsored by the Cleveland Browns and the Lorain Titans for kids in 3rd-8th grades. I love having photography opportunities like this. It’s so much fun to see the enthusiasm of the kids. The high school players who were running drills worked incredibly with the younger kids. So the opportunity to shoot here is a bonanza–great emotion, action and fun. I was especially excited with this assignment because my pictures wound up on the front page of the paper on Wednesday. Here’s a picture I took with my Canon 5D Mark II, using my Tamron 70-200mm lens. The kids were working on diving into the end zone. 

Jennifer Forbus: football camp

 

So what have you been shooting this week?