When it comes to my favorite things there aren't many that come before baseball. Outside family, friends, and photography baseball is it. For this shoot I was looking to build upon my work with objects and a single light.
I used this green backdrop as a surrogate for a grassy baseball field and worked until I was happy with both the placement of the objects and the quality of light. Looking back on these shots, I feel like the shot of just the ball is the stronger of the two.
I like that the equipment is used as it adds life and character. If you look close enough you will see that the bat is old enough to have a wrapped cord for a hand grip instead of flat leather tape. While these shots may not win any awards they were fun to shoot and definitely representative of my favorite things.
On Taking Assignments
I frequently listen to the On Taking Pictures (OTP) podcast, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for good conversation about creativity, especially as it related to photography. In January 2014 the hosts, Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris, began a new segment of weekly assignments that they gave to listeners. Results of the assignments are posted on the OTP Google Plus group. I decided that I would commit myself to the assignments for a year without interruption, and that I would complete each one before the next assignment was announced on the show each Tuesday morning. My 'On Taking Assignments' blog posts are the culmination of my year-long focus on these assignments.