Home Run Baseball Photography Tips

Written by Andrew Malek

Strike one! Strike two! Strike three!

Baseball! America's Pastime, and a sport growing in popularity throughoutrepparttar world, whererepparttar 143161 Boys of Summer slug it out. A baseball game isrepparttar 143162 perfect way to spend a lazy summer afternoon, plus it provides opportunities to take photos that last a lifetime.

While many claimrepparttar 143163 sport of baseball is a slow-paced affair, when action does occur, it can happen very swiftly, almost too fast for an unskilled photographer to shootrepparttar 143164 photos they desire. Baseballs fly quickly when hit or thrown, and timingrepparttar 143165 action for when to take a digital photograph requires split-second reflexes. Thus, before you plan on taking photos at a baseball game, you may wish to readrepparttar 143166 following advice:

1) First, make sure you are allowed to bring your digital camera torepparttar 143167 baseball game. Some ballparks have no restrictions, others onrepparttar 143168 zoom length, some on using flash, and some may not allow you intorepparttar 143169 baseball game at all with your camera!

2) Change your camera settings to takerepparttar 143170 quickest photographs possible while still providing plenty of light forrepparttar 143171 photograph. You'll need to read your camera's manual on how to change these settings; for example, consider saving photos as JPG instead of RAW to take photos faster.

Just remember thatrepparttar 143172 quickerrepparttar 143173 shutter speed,repparttar 143174 less light entersrepparttar 143175 camera to takerepparttar 143176 picture. Thus, you'll need to compromise picture speed andrepparttar 143177 amount of light to take great photos. That is why baseball games work well with photography - many games are played on sunny days or in well-lit domes or stadiums that allow you to take crisp, high-action photos.

3) Before going to a big league ballpark, make sure you knowrepparttar 143178 rules and nuances ofrepparttar 143179 game. Practice taking photos at a minor-league, college, or high school baseball game. The stakes aren't quite as high if you miss a shot, and taking your camera to a game will give you more insight into when action occurs and when players just stand around.

4) Have extra batteries and digital camera memory handy and practice switching both out quickly beforerepparttar 143180 game! A three and a half hour game can put a tremendous strain on evenrepparttar 143181 most power-miserly camera, and more often than not you will have to switch out power or memory inrepparttar 143182 middle of an inning.

5) Don't worry if you miss a shot! Unless you have tons of digital camera memory, you may not be able to continuously shoot photograph after photograph. If you miss a key pitch,repparttar 143183 swing of a bat, or a forced out, don't get angry! More often than not, new opportunities will arise for great photographs.

6) Studyrepparttar 143184 lineup first. Know who arerepparttar 143185 key players and those who barely know how to swing a bat. Likewise, learn who has loose hands inrepparttar 143186 outfield and who is likely to win a Gold Glove. Focus your attention onrepparttar 143187 stars as they most likely will makerepparttar 143188 best photographs, but don't be so drawn to celebrity that you miss a role player making a crucial steal or diving catch that winsrepparttar 143189 game for their team!

Review of the Original Dance from the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships

Written by Laura

The judges ranking and their score forrepparttar OD are in parentheses.

1) Belbin/Agosto (2, 67.54) It is quite ironic that after spending all season complaining bout how much I dislike this program that I am ranking it first at worlds. But I feel they wererepparttar 143160 clear winners ofrepparttar 143161 OD. They attacked this program and nailed everything. I got a good laugh atrepparttar 143162 British Eurosport's commentators trying to find something about this performance to criticize and coming up with 'Their arms weren't always in perfect unison,' because if that isrepparttar 143163 biggest problem with any program, it was obviously skated fabulously. The Charleston and quickstep were arguablyrepparttar 143164 best ofrepparttar 143165 night, and their foxtrot was almost up torepparttar 143166 level it was four seasons ago. The choreography still is not very good, but their performance overcame that and made you forget aboutrepparttar 143167 it.

2) Navka/Kostomarov (1, 68.67) This is by no means a bad program, but it is also not a great program. Bothrepparttar 143168 quickstep and foxtrot were done well, but not amazingly so. Still,repparttar 143169 transitions are 1000% better than they were a season ago, making this actually looks somewhat like a dance program, instead of a pairs program with dance elements. And how can one not give them points for their extremely original musical selection of "Sing Sing Sing"? But as neitherrepparttar 143170 difficulty level norrepparttar 143171 interpretation was up torepparttar 143172 level of Belbin/Agosto's, they deserved to place second.

3) Chait/Sakhnovski (5, 61.19) After placing 3rd atrepparttar 143173 GPF inrepparttar 143174 OD, I was crossing my fingers that their placement would berepparttar 143175 same here. Unfortunately,repparttar 143176 judges failed me. They, unlikerepparttar 143177 teams directly below them, had great interpretation ofrepparttar 143178 rhythms and skated without any mistakes. And their energy level, as always, was ridiculously high. Plus, their skating skills, while not quite as good asrepparttar 143179 skating skills ofrepparttar 143180 very best inrepparttar 143181 world, have improved so much that they should challenge those other teams.

4) Denkova/Staviski (4, 62.79) Awkward OD interpretation, but thy did skate all out. Their skating skills - andrepparttar 143182 fact that they too did not mess up, held them aboverepparttar 143183 other teams here. Still, this OD is very forgettable.

5) Delobel/Schoenfelder (6, 60.25) Had Isabelle not made a small mistake onrepparttar 143184 sbs footwork sequence, they would have been challengingrepparttar 143185 top teams. Unfortunately, she did. Isabelle has nice interpretation, and even Olivier seems less lifeless than usual. Plus,repparttar 143186 choreography is superb. The only other problem is that they are slightly off-beat for part ofrepparttar 143187 foxtrot.

6) Grushina/Goncharov (3, 63.17) This program has many of they same weaknesses as B/A's does, which should not be a surprise, considering it is basicallyrepparttar 143188 same program. (Morozov's creativity or lack there of has sunk to a new low for "his" programs for G/G this season.) But unfortunately for them, they do not have B/A's technical strengths and charisma. Elena is lovely as always; Ruslan is dull as always. And I'm still waiting for them to finish their sbs footwork. Somebody needs to go out and push them during any footwork sequence.

7) Domnina/Shabalin (7, 58.86) These two probably hadrepparttar 143189 best foxtrot interpretation ofrepparttar 143190 season. It was graceful, musical, and truly broughtrepparttar 143191 classical foxtrot torepparttar 143192 ice. They even made their dance spin seem foxtrot-y. The sbs footwork didn't seem very powerful, and their twizzles, while miles better than many ofrepparttar 143193 other team's, were a bit shaky. The quickstep was okay.

8) Dubreuil/Lauzon (8,58.30) Argh. The foxtrot and quickstep sections were extremely well-interpreted andrepparttar 143194 whole dance was extremely cohesive for a combination OD. Butrepparttar 143195 sbs footwork was a complete and utter disaster. It got messed up about 1/3 ofrepparttar 143196 way through, and they never quite got it back on track. There was a little to much of time spent not touching each other. And their Charleston was a bit awkward in places. Plus, why are they miming holding umbrellas? Isn'trepparttar 143197 whole point of "Singin' inrepparttar 143198 Rain" that one is singing inrepparttar 143199 rain, and not covered by umbrellas?

9) Faiella/Scali (9, 56.13) Their stroking has improved dramatically. Their twizzles still aren't very good. And they didn't really seem to truly get either rhythm, especiallyrepparttar 143200 quickstep. But technically, it was a strong program, and they had good energy as always,

10) Wing/Lowe (10, 52.52) They start off with a nice, although slightly dull, foxtrot. And then they transition into a nice, but slightly dull Charleston. I normally really like this team, but this performance seemed to lack energy. They don't haverepparttar 143201 technical content ofrepparttar 143202 teams above them.

11) Fraser/Lukanin (13, 48.82) Their speed and polished has dramatically improved. Very nice foxtrot expression. They spend a little too much time apart. They had nice musicality too.

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