My favorite pictures from 2013
Posted on December 30, 2013
Quiet moments in spring training are always special to come by, and this conversation between student and pupil before a game in Peoria is a favorite of mine. Coach and legend George Brett offering tips to the kid, Eric Hosmer. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
I have always been terrible at editing my own work. Sure it is easy to spot a kick-ass action picture when it is right in front of your eyes, but when it comes to subtle moments and feature pictures things start to get super subjective. This is why I have always had so much respect for the great editors who can go through a take and find the hidden gems.
Since I didn’t have my own illustrious picture editor hanging around my Pleasanton home office this afternoon I had to go it alone as I poured through the 87 baseball games I photographed in 2013 in search of my favorite pictures of the year.
Of course I am not the first photographer to bother all his or her friends with a blog post sharing some faves from the past year, but I have had such a good time checking out the great work by many others I thought I would give it a shot.
In this post you will see a rundown of 18 of my favorite pictures that were shot with my real cameras (not my iPhone) over the past 12 months. Since this is just a selection of baseball it is really a set of 18 pictures from March through October.
So here they are- in chronological order- my favorite pictures from 2013!
It was pretty fun putting this group of pictures together. I know I am leaving some out, and I probably have too many in here. As my pain-in-the-ass friend and picture editing Grand Poobah Jim Merithew would say, “You need an editor!”
Sorry Jimmy. I think 18 frames out of 87 games aint too bad!
One thing I tried to do when I put this set of pictures together was stay away from clean, baseball card type stock images. Sure I shoot many of these at each game and they serve their purpose, but after awhile they all start to look the same.
I am lucky to be able to shoot the World Series each year for Major League Baseball. because of this I am able to witness some exciting moments in October.
One of the real highlights of the entire season was being able to shoot three World Series games at Fenway park in Boston. Not only is this 112-year-old ballpark full of history, it is also crazy photogenic with incredible backgrounds and GREAT shooting positions in the postseason.
By the time Game 6 rolled around in Boston the Red Sox had a 3 games to 2 advantage over the Cardinals. I envisioned a picture of the Red Sox celebrating with the Green Monster in the background many times. This would be really important and story telling because this would be the first time since 1918 the club had won a championship in their home park. I wanted to shoot the end of the game a little wide to give the moment a sense of place and a sense of history.
There is nothing like the anxious, nervous, scared feeling I get right before a Series is clinched. There have been times when I have struck out and come away with nothing due to events beyond my control. There have been times when I choked and screwed up big time, missing the moment. Luckily for me the 2013 Series ended well for me with several nice moments happening in front of me.
Well there you have it. 18 pictures. I hope you like a few of them. I am sure you will think I am nuts for including some of these, but what the Hell, it is all subjective right?
Thanks for taking the time to look. I hope to have a better set of pictures at the end of 2014.