Here are some photos of a recent shoot for the NMSU Sports Information department. I was assigned to get some shots of Dan Reid, a senior pitcher on the team, to be used for posters/adverts/media guide/etc.
The original idea was to have him on the mound at Presley Askew Field, but batting practice was taking place, so it was decided to shoot in the bullpen instead. The background in the photos will be removed, so that wasn’t a concern when setting up the shot.
This was also an opportunity for me to try some new equipment in a sports setting: the PocketWizard Flex TT5 and Mini TT1. For you photo geeks, these allow me to remote trigger (i.e. not on my camera) a flash at very high shutter speeds, allowing me to stop the motion with the flash involved; in this case some fill light. The bottom three shots in the pen were f/4.0 at 1/5000 of a second–more than enough shutter speed to stop Dan’s pitch.
I think I had the flash shooting a bit hot on Dan’s face, and would have had my assistant position it a bit lower to get some fill under the bill of his hat, but since this was valuable practice time for Dan and he was going full speed, we were a little limited in respect to position and time. All in all, it was great learning experience.