Behind the lens: Baseball photographs away from the action
I have a confession: my favorite lens for shooting high school baseball is a 24-70mm. A super telephoto lens, usually a 300mm or 400mm, is the first lens photographers turn to for this sport. The long focal length is key for getting in tight on action around the field. You'll never find me at a baseball game without at least a 300mm, but there's always a 24-70mm or 35mm hanging around my neck too.
I try not to get too fixated on shooting just action, because high school baseball is rife with opportunities for making layered pictures elsewhere. During the playoffs, emotions are high and players' faces can tell the story of the game. Hanging out in a dugout or cruising around the field before the first pitch often makes for my favorite images.
The gallery of images in this post is from this season's Class 8A region final game between Steinbrenner and East Lake at Steinbrenner High in Lutz. Beautiful light, great access and high emotions made for exciting opportunities to shoot pictures away from the ball. This is a handful of my favorites. I even got to show off my best sprint, rushing the field with Steinbrenner players for celebrations after the final out.
Times Staff Photographer