Personal Project: The Rookie Chronicles – Last Pitch

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And so, on a warm late Spring evening that felt more like summer (It was about 90 degrees at 6 p.m. game time), the Marlins finished their season with an 11-11 tie against their rival Rockies.

(The 11th run the Rockies got was more a show of sportsmanship. A bang-bang play at second may or may not have been the result of one of our guys impeding the running progress of one of their guys. So, we gave them the extra run to soothe any hard feelings)

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It was a very fun season with hit group of kids. Some great ballplayers-in-the-making for sure. The Allentown High School boys team just won a group title on Saturday…I wouldn’t be surprised if, in nine years, some of these kids are winning another one.

It was neat to see the development of these kids. They range from 6 to an young 8 year old, so progress is slow. Patience is needed. Some of the kids, who play a lot are much more inclined than some of the later-developing kids. They can scoop up grounds, catch pop-ups and even rope a double into the outfield.

For some of the other kids (and my Chase falls into that category), every grounder is an adventure and getting the bat on the ball – even for a foul tip – is cause for celebration.

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Then…on the last pitch of his last-ab of the season…Chase finally got a clean single up the middle!

I was coaching first-base and was too busy encouraging him to shoot any pics, but I think I was more excited than he was when he made it safely to first base. He had to do one of his little dances while there, though.

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Coach Jeff gave the boys one last talk and that was that. Some of the boys will move up next year, some will put another season in with the Marlins…some may say baseball isn’t for them.

But wherever they go, they all had a great season, played well together and learned the game. Hopefully we coaches did a good job as well.

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The 2017 Allentown-Upper Freehold Marlins

This was a nice little project for me. I think, at one point, I thought I’d post after every game. That didn’t happen, but that’s OK. I have a nice little reminder of the season now.

Maybe I’ll do a small book. I’ll definitely make prints.

Here’s a quick look back:

Personal Project: The Rookie Chronicles

The Rookie Chronicles – Game 1

The Rookie Chronicles – The Games Go On

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Make Prints 2017 – #5

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May prints are in!

It was a busy, fun month – lots of people photography last month. A couple of set portrait sessions and a  few impromptu ones as well.

Baseball was the order of the month.

And a dog that will be five months old in a few days.

Portraits, too….a scientist….a musician

And kids and family, of course.

Plus, a few places and special things, too. Like my dad’s pocketknife that is well over 50 years old and something I wanted to capture as part of my Things That Matter portfolio.

Sorry for the funky shadows and such – I spread them out on my back patio table and the sunlight through a river birch was the challenge.

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Oh, and if you contributed (thankyouthankyouthankyou!) to our Water Walk effort a few weeks ago, your prints are in and I’ll be getting them out in the mail this week! (They look snazzy!)

As always…..Back up your work….Make Prints!

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 06.10.17

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Up in the upper left hand corner is a new find for me – picked it up for $15 at a yard sale last Saturday. Put new batteries in it and it looks like it still works. Loading it up with some Kodak B&W film today, and we’ll see what we get.

Pretty solid week overall. Feels like summer is ready to get on its high horse and start to bring it. A bit cloudy, cool and rainy early in the week, but my part of NJ is looking at high 80s- low 90s for the next five days. I’ll take it.

Matt lost his first tooth this week, kids are starting to wind down their school years, just two weeks left. I bought us a tent to do some backyard camping.

Summer adventures await.

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This Week’s Links:

Birthdays this week: Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Elgort, Suzy Gorman, Fernand Fonssagrives

Honoring Blues & Roots Musicians In Tintypes

Artists and Art Center Share a love of Film Noir (Happening in Ocean City, NJ…hope to get down to see it!)

Free climbing El Cap.

BTS of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit shoot (if you’re into that sort of thing)

Bob Dylan fakes a Moby Dick quote.

From the JSP archives: June 12, 2010

I think the landscape and the beauty of it or the vastness of it can tell a great deal about the country and the people. ~ Marion Post Wolcott

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Friday Noir: Glint In The Eye

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This is what it’s come to, hasn’t it?

Suspicion is part of our lives now, eh?

People are united only by there vices.

The pushers and pimps and bagmen and thieves…

The only ones with virtues now.

If you call a vice a virtue.

Hey, old habits die hard.

And it you don’t kick ’em…they kick you.

We tell the lies to save us, because we can’t admit the truth.

Just look for the glint in the eye.

You’ll find the truth there.

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