OnTaking Assignments #29 - My Favorite Things

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.