Stepping up to the plate
A couple more shots from the Bucco game that I went to this Tuesday this time with some action shots thrown in with an HDR.
The shot above is the view from the rotunda over left field that leads up to the multiple levels of PNC Park. We got there a little late, about midway through the bottom of the first, and seeing as I have never had my D700 at a Pirate game I wanted to get this shot. I was a little disappointed that the sky wasn’t clearer when I took this shot, but that’s the beauty of HDR: It can take a flat, otherwise uninteresting sky and turn it into this.
The shot above is probably one of my favorite from the game. The Pirate pictured is first baseman Steve Pearce, who I had never heard of before this very at bat. I know, I know, it’s a bit sad, but my favorite MLB team is the Atlanta Braves, so I can’t keep up with the merry-go-round of prospects/rookies/no-names that the Pirates parade through year after year. Anyways, Pearce hit a soft grounder up the middle of the infield and legged it out for an infield hit. I was able to capture him JUST as he was hitting first base, with the ball clearly still in the air. What I found most interesting however, is that you can’t see a single other player in the frame. It looks like they are all alone on the field. Didn’t plan it like that, but that’s how it came out.
The next action shot is of catcher Ryan Doumit, who is having a modestly productive year after a couple of slow ones. A lot of people were calling for his departure from the Bucs, but they kept him around, and he has been consistent so far. This was one of the last shots that I took, and it shows Doumit just before he made contact. He didn’t get a hit on this pitch, but he scorched a line drive to the outfield that was caught.
On to the processing. The HDR is a 5 exposure handheld HDR processed with Photomatix. As with the last couple, I masked in the entire crowd to get rid of the ghosting. I also did a bit of masking on the lights, as I was metered on the dark stands (d’oh) and they were a bit blown out. I added a blue curves layer to the sky to enhance what little blue sky there was, and also a green curves layer to the field to help it stand out. In Color Efex I used the Tonal Contrast filter, and in onOne PhotoTools I added a Turbo Boost. What a cool effect name. Turbo Boost.
I processed the action shots similarly. Both were opened in Camera Raw where I increased the clarity and desaturated the images. Moved them over the CS5 where I added a Tonal Contrast later to both of them, increased then vibrance, and opened them in onOne PhotoTools. They both got the same Progressive Sharpening, and I added an extra filter to the second one of Ryan Doumit at bat, the Hollywood Intensity. Pretty happy with how they turned out.
That’s all for this week folks. Hope you all have a great weekend. See you on Monday.