Evan Gearing's Photography Exposition

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Couple in Light

While waiting for the baseball game between the Rangers and the Tigers to start, we grabbed a bite to eat and found a place to sit right near the edge of the stadium.  When I looked over from our table, I saw this couple walking away from us and they were getting bathed in this great light shining through the archways.  I thought it was kinda cool so a grabbed a snap.  I tried to make it pop a little more by converting to black and white and giving it a pinhole effect.  I kind of like it.  Do you?

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Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Daytime Panorama

I think this is my favorite panorama that I’ve done so far. I took this at the Tigers – Rangers baseball game on May 18th. It was a horrible game for the Tigers.  The Rangers beat them 7-2.  I was bummed.  However, my nephew Dylan, his friend Jared and Dylan’s mom, my sister-in-law, Annette were all pretty happy!  I think Eileen was bummed for me, but happy for the Rangers nonetheless.  As you have read, we all went up to enjoy the game and we all had a great time, except for the score of course.

Usually when I go to these games I only take my little point and shoot camera.  I can get some decent panoramas with that, but last time I tried it I got some really bad results.  So, I went to the Rangers website and read their camera policy.  Theirs is very similar to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in that you can bring any camera as long as it doesn’t interfere with other fans’ enjoyment of the game.  So, the big boy went with me this time with the intent on getting a nice pano!  So here it is!

This is not an HDR but it is a composite of 16 shots.  I took 15 for the panorama itself to make sure I got some great overlap for Photoshop’s photomerge process and then I took one shot of just the infield during a pitch and masked that in so as to capture the moment and make sure everyone on the field is focusing on the task at hand.  If you look at the largest version of the image on flickr, you can actually see the ball as it’s crossing from the grass to the dirt on its way to the catcher.

You see, usually when I take a pano from a sports stadium such as this, I don’t really pay much attention to what was going on down on the field because the I’m normally using my point and shoot and everything is usually moving as I take the shots. All that action gets jumbled during the photomerge process and turns out kind of messy.  Well I wanted to make the shot look normal on the field this time plus add a little interest.  I think it worked.

Oh, and one other thing that makes me happy about this pano is that when I did do the merge, the resulting image was already straight and level so I didn’t  have to do any warping!  That was awesome!  Just a little cropping and content aware fill in a couple corners!  I couldn’t believe it!  Especially from a handheld pano!  That’s rare for me because even when I use a tripod it comes out way tilted and I have to do lots of warping to correct some distortion.

Also this shot took a little work to process other than the merging and the masking of the infielders.  The sky that day was very hazy and I really had to crank out the structure slider in Nik Viveza to bring out the clouds.  I also used a little blue filter for the sky.  Then I added in some contrast, a little darken/lighten center in Nik Color Efex 4 along with a few other minor tweaks and here you go!

Lastly, I did take a night time panorama as well that I will put out some time.  I hope it turns out as nice as this one.  I have started on it a little bit and one thing that is different is that it’s not quite as wide as this.  Oh well, just something to remember for next time!

Click on the shot to see a larger version.  Or click here to see the largest on flickr.

BTW, the players on the field in the shot are as follows:

Tigers:
P – Anibal Sanchez
C – Alex Avila
1B – Prince Fielder
2B – Omar Infante
3B – Miguel Cabrera
SS – Jhonny Peralta
RF – Torii Hunter
CF – Avisail Garcia
LF – Andy Dirks

Rangers:
3rd Base – Elvis Andrus
At Bat – David Murphy
On Deck – Lance Berkman


Tigers Go to World Series!!!!

The Detroit Tigers just clinched the American League Pennant with a sweep of the storied New York Yankees!  With a combination of great pitching as well great hitting, the Tigers were just too much for the Bronx Bombers.  I must say that after the up and down regular season the Tigers had, I wasn’t sure they would even make the playoffs.  Boy was I wrong!  Can’t wait for Wednesday!  As they used to say when the Tigers won the series in 1984, “Bless you boys!”

The pictures below are of the two best players in baseball right now.  Justin Verlander, the guy throwing, is last year’s AL Cy Young winner (for the best pitcher in the league), Most Valuable Player, and won the AL pitching triple crown; lowest ERA at 2.40, 24 wins and 250 strikeouts!  Awesome!  This year he’s in line to win his second AL Cy Young award.  He has a ton of other awards including the 2006 AL Rookie of the Year, the ERA title in 2007 and many others.  He also has two no-hitters to his credit!  The Tigers need to keep him forever!

The other guy pictured is Miguel Cabrera.  He is this year’s batting triple crown winner and will probably be the AL Most Valuable Player!  No one has won the batting triple crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.  There were only 13 others to win it including Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.  Pretty good company wouldn’t you say?

These are two great players and it’s hard to imagine they are on the same team, plus it’s my favorite team to boot!  Let’s just hope they can win the World Series!  Detroit Lions, are you watching?

About the pictures… I took these prior to the Tigers v Texas Rangers game on August 11th at Rangers Stadium in Arlington, TX.  Unfortunately, the Tigers lost 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, but Verlander pitched a great game even though they lost.  Anyway, who’s in the series now, Texas? 😉


Baseball Season!

This is basically the opening weekend of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. So to commemorate the occasion I thought I’d post a panorama of Fenway Park taken during the Red Sox’s last home game of last season.  At the time of this shot, the Red Sox were fighting for a playoff spot and they were playing the Orioles with Josh Beckett pitching.  The Red Sox pretty much had a playoff spot locked up but they had a horrible September and ended up not going.  This was one of those games they lost.  They finished the season so poorly, that their manager, Terry Francona, quit along with allegations of players drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the locker rooms during games among other things.  Not good…

Speaking of the Red Sox losing, they opened this season against my Detroit Tigers in Detroit and lost the first three games!  Woohoo!  I guess the new manager of the Red Sox, Bobby Valentine, hasn’t quite done the trick yet!

I will say this about the Red Sox… I can understand why people love them, especially those in the Boston area..  Their stadium is great!  There is so much history there and there are a lot of great stories about it.  We took a tour of the place after we saw this game and it was incredible.  And this year, it will turn 100 years old and become recognized as a national historic landmark.  That means that from now on, no changes can be made to the stadium other than safety issues and the like.  No more seats can be added, no changes to the dugouts or anything else you can think of can be done to it.  That’s pretty exceptional when you think about it!  If you ever get a chance to see a game there, I highly recommend it!

Oh and one other thing.. If you do go, eat at the Bleacher Bar.  It is a restaurant that sits behind the wall in left-center field and during practice, they have the windows open and you can see and hear the payers as if you were in the outfield yourself.  During games, they close the windows, but you can still see the goings-on of the game!  Awesome!  You can see it in this shot..  It is the first opening in the wall to the right of the Hyundai sign.  It’s directly below the “m” and the “e” in the Bank of America sign and it’s right down there on the field.  If you click on the picture, you will get a larger shot and you’ll be able to see it better.

PS.. I’m not real happy with how the sky turned out in this one, but it was the best pano of the night!  Enjoy and thanks for dropping by!


Round Rock Express Pitcher

Last Saturday night was baseball night! Eileen and I caught a Round Rock Express baseball game with my sister-in-law Annette, her son Dylan and his friend Connor. It was a great time! Round Rock beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 8-6! And, Round Rock started in the playoffs tonight, I believe. For those of you who don’t know who the Round Rock Express are, they are the AAA minor league farm team for the Texas Rangers! It’s just like going to see a game in the majors except I have no idea who any of these guys are. Speaking of which, I don’t know who this pitcher is, but I liked the shot. I hope you do too.Also, I hope to post another shot from the game as well a little later, but I’m trying to think of a way to make it pop! Stay tuned!