Faces and photographs
One of the first things we're taught as photographers is that faces are what make the picture. You can have an awesome shot with perfect lighting, composition, etc, but without somoene's face you don't get the emotional impact that good pictures are supposed to convey.
I took the photo above Thursday night, at an intramural softball game on base. It was completely unintentional; all the action just happened to converge on home plate near where I was standing. Even more fortunate, however, was the fact that every single person in the photo had their face either toward me or in profile.
This is the umpire. The look on his face is one of concentration. He's not touched by the excitement or the action; he sees that all the time from his position. All he cares about is seeing whether the runner makes it home without being tagged.
This is the catcher. Normally we try not to catch people when they're blinking, but his eyes are closed here because he got a little too close to the action. His game plan at this point is hope.
These two, the third baseman and the pitcher, are both running toward the plate. Like the umpire, they just want to see what happens, but they obviously have a lot emotionally involved in the outcome, and it shows.
The focus of the photo, the runner. His eyes are down at the plate as he makes a desperate leap past the catcher. He might've been better off sliding home, however; not only didn't he score, he ended up taking a nasty spill after being tagged out.
2006-08-25 05:20:51 GMT