I’m not really much of a blogger so starting my first blog has been really hard for me. I don’t know what to talk about. I never thought somebody would want to just sit down and read a post about myself. For instance, these first few sentences have taken me over 20 minutes. But, you guys are here, which means you must like my work. So for my first post, Safeco Field.
First, a little backstory. I was born and raised in Kennewick, WA. It’s about a 3.5 hour drive from Seattle. All we have is sagebrush and roadkill (yes, I still cry when I see a squished squirrel). Seattle has always been a place I’ve loved to live because it’s the total opposite of the Tri Cities. However, my family loves baseball (I don’t) and we only made trips to Seattle to go see the Mariners. I don’t know what it was, maybe the atmosphere of it all, but I started to love it.
In high school I was introduced to photography by a family friend. I got really into shooting our high school football games and some of my photos ended up in our yearbook! I was so thrilled I wanted to continue shooting more games. As it turns out, baseball is actually pretty fun to photograph.
I took this photo a couple months after I bought my second camera body and lenses. I had been so busy with school and work I hadn’t had a chance to actually use it yet. When we arrived at the game I just wanted to get up close and get those actions shots but, we were sitting in the bleachers in the outfield. I was a little disappointed because I didn’t think I would be able to get any good shots. Turns out, my telephoto lens was phenomenal! I basically watched the whole game through my camera, trying to capture every action moment.
Before the game even started I wanted to get some shots that said Mariners. So I focused on the Welcome to Safeco Field sign behind home plate. I snapped a few photos and thought nothing else of it.
After about two innings of all action, I had a huge variety of action shots. I sat back in my chair and just watched for a second. That got boring really quick so I started scrolling through the photos I took. Working backwards I landed on one of the first photos I shot of the sign. I was pretty surprised at how well it had turned out because there was so much blank space in the foreground.
I sat on this photo for a while and was finally able to decide what to do with it. I spent several hours perfecting all of my edits and ended up printing it on canvas to give to my older brother for his birthday because he was a HUGE Mariners fan. I still go back and tweak this image from time to time because a photo is never really finished, you see it differently every time you sit down to look at it.