Boys of Autumn

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series last night.

(Then they all may have caught COVID19 from Justin Turner, but that’s another story.)

I’m a Phillies fan but was rooting for the Dodgers in this series. Tampa Bay is a nice story – solid players without a huge payroll.

But I just dug the Dodgers more.

Still, I was hoping for a TB win last night to push it to seven games, one more game of major league baseball.

Yes, the 60 game season was a sprint, but I enjoyed it a lot this year. Partly that was because this season my boys really followed it as well.

Chase and Matt came to like watching the Phillies games. Matt’s a real student of the game. He watches endless clips from the MLB Network on his Kindle. He knows more players than me.

So it was fun watching game with them, talking about players, watching them emulate those they saw.

Just like I did when I was 9 and 10.

I’d pretend to be Larry Bowa or Manny Trillo…they look to Javey Lopez and Cody Bellinger.

Anyway, this Sunday, the Fall Ball team I coached finished up. My town didn’t have a summer recreation program (we call it Rec League) due to coronavirus concerns, but by late summer, the township felt we could hold a Fall Ball season with protocols in place.

We were able to field two teams in Matt and Chase’s age bracket, so they just played each other every Sunday (we did have two games with a neighboring town.)

By the time Sunday rolled around, our season series was tied. We really wanted the win. We threw our three studs – Chase, Matt and Gavin. But alas, it was not to be. One big hit by the other team did us in and we lost, 9-7.

Even though we didn’t win,  everyone got a game ball.

I’ve been coaching for six years now, since Chase was in t-ball. While it’s always been fun working with the boys, this fall season seemed especially important.

It was good see this group of bys have a bit of normalcy back while learning the game (and my co-coach, Chris, was a wonderful teacher of fundamentals.)

The boys really came a long way in just a month or so of practices and games. It was really satisfying to see them improve and leave the field with a smile on their face, win or lose.

That’s what it’s really all about.

The smile.

Game balls for all.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.24.20

We are on the backend of October, can you believe it?

The colors are finally starting to pop here in New Jersey. Actually, “finally” may be a little harsh – it’s about the time they normally do. I think we all just expect them to start to show in late September, but really, mid-October is prime leaf time here in NJ. As you can see in my montage.

The World Series is full swing. The NFL is in full swing.

And the U.S. election is just a couple of weeks away.

In the meantime, my son Matt celebrated his 9th birthday on Wednesday. Time is flying by in so many ways.

Me, I’m trying to keep track of that time with my eyes open and firmly behind the camera.

Hope you are too!

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What I’m Reading: It was a slow reading week – up late editing a big shoot I did, so just too tired to do my normal page counts).

What I Watched This Week: Thom Zimny’s documentary, Letter To You. It was gorgeous. If you don’t like Bruce’s music, just watch it with the sound down. Get a free 7-day subscription to Apple TV to do so.

Joe McNally: Fall Fashion Shoot

Watch: Hong Kong’s camera guardian

Watch: Baltimore photojournalist Paul Gillespie discusses his 20 year career.

Winner: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Essay: What is photography without an audience?

Dan Winters: Had a birthday this week. Here’s my review of his book.

Jerod Foster: Had a birthday this week. Here’s my 2011 interview with him. We still keep in touch a lot, especially on Instagram.

For the laugh: Sam Malone raps about his injury (someone posted this this week and I just cracked up. We need some humor in these times.)

“The truth is the best picture, the best propaganda.” ~ Robert Capa (October 22, 1913 – May 25, 1954)

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Friday Fun

Been another long week around these parts.

And, well, around the world.

Thought I’d just pop this out there to maybe bring a little New Jersey beauty to your In box.

I was cycling the other morning along my favorite gravel path.

It was a gray, foggy morning…the kind I love to ride or run in.

The colors are starting to pop. It was a magical morning.

I grabbed this cell phone shot when I saw this runner down ahead of me on the path.

This makes a really nice lock-screen for your phone. It’s mine right now. Grab it if you want.

Stay safe. Rest up. Enjoy the weekend.

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Gazing At The Galaxie

My friend John has a pretty cool car.

A 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL with a 390 engine.

Cars like this one are in his blood. His father, Gas Ronda, was huge in the California stock car and funny car scenes, and is in the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

John doesn’t race  or anything but he does have this beauty in his garage.

For the longest time, he wanted to get nice photos of it. We’d been trying to do it for awhile, but things, life, kept getting in the way. That said, I always had the idea to do it against a beautiful evening sky…but also somewhere nearby.

Sunday was beautiful day here, sunny with lots of great cloudage. I had a feeling we’d be seeing some nice October evening light, so I shot John a text to see if he’d be around at 5:45 pm or so.

He said he would be. So around 5:30, I grabbed my camera back, the Neewer Vision 7 strobe and a speedlight, and did a quick little scout of our area (John only lives a couple of miles from me) to see where would be best.

There’s a sod farm nearby, and they had a little cut-out that held a farm stand this past summer. When I pulled into it, I knew this was the spot….or at least the best we could do without driving too far away.

We had to work quick, though. The light was changing fast and pretty soon the pretty colors streaking across the sky would be gone.

On top of that my strobe battery wasn’t fully recharged, it was starting to get hinky – not firing, firing multiple strobes. (my bad for not fully charging it after my shoot last Friday. Amature mistake)

So I got with what I could while it was still firing, then switched over to my speedlight with a diffuser.

Again, go what I could.

To be honest, I learned a lot here.

First, this kind of car photography is challenging. Either of my light sources really weren’t big enough. I won’t lie – there’s a good bit of post-processing going on here to pull out the underexposed areas.

Then, too, with the flash…that reflects in the shiny paint job. Again, more post work to remove it.

Had to do one in B&W, of course. Might use it in a noir shoot at some point.

This was a fun, albeit quick, shoot as we chased the light – literally. A beautiful baby got her beauty shots, though!

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