Spring Training in the desert
Chicago Times - almost 4 years
I've never been much of a sports shooter, so the Tribune was thinking outside the batter's box when they assigned me to cover spring training baseball in Arizona. Mixing it up with the minor leaguers for two weeks in small ballparks is a great way to work back into it. There's a little more access than in the summer, and players and coaches seem more relaxed around the media. One player even asked me to email a photo to his mom. Still, shooting stretching exercises, drills and batting practices gets old fast. I was grateful when actual games started. Aside from opening day, the games remain uncrowded, and the photographers are in a dugout right next to the players. Sometimes, I was the only shooter there. It gives you a nice angle for features inside the dugout. And with our new 200-400 mm zoom and teleconverter, you can cover any field action. The players and coaches are amazingly patient with the fans seeking a tossed ball, and with me pointing cameras in their faces. ...
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