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This weeks theme of “Groups” fit in well with our family visit to watch a Salt Lake Bees baseball game at Spring Mobile Park. I love watching the Bees play as they’re a great team with a talented roster and the home crowd always gets into the game, not to mention the ballpark itself is absolutely beautiful and they let you bring in your camera!

I still haven’t been able to get the perfect sunset shot I’ve had in mind at this place, but a walk around the outfield with my fisheye gave me a fighting chance of getting a good shot, if only the clouds would have cooperated and let the Sun shine through instead of closing it down just before the exciting colors really started, but this one will do.

The view from the Left Field  grass seats looking west to what promised to be a great sunset, but fizzled as the clouds  eventualy blocked the Sun

The view from the Left Field grass. 3 shot HDR handheld

We went to the game because it was on the 24th of July, a Utah holiday where we celebrate the arrival of the Mormon Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. We celebrate this day here in Utah pretty much the same as the 4th of July which means picnics and fireworks, and the Bees always put on a great show, it’s become a quasi family tradition to watch the game and fireworks.

 This year was a great game against the Fresno Grizzlies they had 2 runs in the first inning and we were playing catch up the rest of the game. Here are (more than) a few shots from the game…

The National Anthem was a duet, with a captive Bald Eagle and then white doves were released at the end.

The National Anthem was a duet, with a captive Bald Eagle and a flock of white doves released at the end.

National Anthem-players

They scared this guy!

Scared of Doves, really?

Now some game play, I’ll spare you the details of each shot, you can find the play by play breakdown here.

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Easy out!

Easy out!

Two runs in the first inning gets you a visit on the mound!

Two runs in the first inning gets you a visit on the mound!

Fresno Grizzlies player Joaquin Arias tempts fate...

Fresno Grizzlies player Joaquin Arias tempts fate…

SL Bees player Chris Nelson walk off homer in the 4th inning

SL Bees player Chris Nelson gets a walk off homer in the 4th inning, and a high five from Louis Rodriguez.

SL Bees Catcher Luke Carlin blocks Fresno Grizzlies player Gary Brown in the 5th inning

SL Bees Catcher Luke Carlin blocks Fresno Grizzlies player Gary Brown in the 5th inning

And impact!!

And impact!!

 

Salt Lake Bees mascot "Bumble"

Salt Lake Bees mascot “Bumble”

SL Bees player Drew Heid singles in the 5th setting up the potential tie run...

SL Bees player Drew Heid singles in the 5th setting up the potential tie run…

SL Bees player Andrew Romine bunts out in the 5th inning

SL Bees player Andrew Romine bunts out in the 5th inning

SL Bees player Kole calhoun doubles in the 5th putting the tie run on third and the go ahead on 2nd!

SL Bees player Kole Calhoun doubles in the 5th putting the tie run on third and the go ahead on 2nd!

Fresno Grizzlies have a pow wow on the mound to talk about those two runners...

Fresno Grizzlies have a pow wow on the mound to talk about those two runners…

SL Bees player Efren Navarro gets a ground hit with two outs and two on base. Will he be the hero of the game?

SL Bees player Efren Navarro gets a ground hit with two outs and two on base. Will he be the hero of the game? Drew Heid sprints for home…

And....Navarro s thrown out at first no runs scored, bummer!

And….Navarro’s thrown out at first, no runs scored, bummer!

Bumble in the concourse

Bumble in the concourse

The view from our seats! with the fisheye!  3 shot HDR Handheld

The view from our seats! with the fisheye!
3 shot HDR Handheld

Left field view after sunset showing those clouds that came in.  3 shot HDR Handheld

Left field view after sunset showing those clouds that came in.
3 shot HDR Handheld

The Men in Black!

The Men in Black!

SL Bees catcher Luke Carlin walked in the 7th

SL Bees catcher Luke Carlin walked in the 7th

SL Bees player Luke Carlin runs in for the tie score off an Andrew Romine RBI

SL Bees player Luke Carlin runs in for the tie score off an Andrew Romine RBI in the 7th.

SL Bees player Trent Oeltjen (say that three times fast!) smashes a double in the 8th inning

SL Bees player Trent Oeltjen (say that three times fast!) smashes a double in the 8th inning

And promptly steals third, that boy has some wheels!!

And promptly steals third, that boy has some wheels!!

SL Bees Pitcher Kevin Johnson is sent packing in the 9th replaced by Jeremy Berg

SL Bees Pitcher Kevin Johnson is sent packing in the 9th to be replaced by Jeremy Berg

Jeremy Berg closes it out with a strike out and the Salt Lake Bees have a chance to win…

The Fresno Grizzlies switch pitchers bringing in Heath Hembree

Fresno Grizzlies pitcher Heath Hembree warms up

Fresno Grizzlies pitcher Heath Hembree warms up in the 9th

SL Bees player Drew Heid cranks out a triple in the 9th

SL Bees player Drew Heid cranks out a triple in the 9th!

SL Bees player Drew Heid slides into third base for his triple in the 9th

SL Bees player Drew Heid slides into third base for his triple in the 9th

Safe by a mile!

Safe by a mile!

Following Andrew Romine’s strike out Matt Long has a chance to be the hero…

Going down swinging! SL Bees player Matt Long strikes out in the 9th

And goes down swinging!  Drew Heid is so ready to run!

Enter Kole Calhoun…

SL Bees player Kole Calhoun line drives it to right for the winning hit!!

SL Bees player Kole Calhoun line drives it to right for the winning hit!!

THe SL Bees swarm Kole Calhoun after his winning RBI

The SL Bees swarm Kole Calhoun after his winning RBI

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High Fives!

Team-Walk_off

Faces of Victory

VIP Kole Calhoun gets the post game interview

VIP Kole Calhoun gets the post game interview

With the game over the fans on the back lawn come into the field and we wait for the fireworks.

waiting for fireworks

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Shooting fireworks without a tripod can be tricky, but I think I’ve got it figured out. feet on seat in front of you, a camera bag, to sit the camera on, and steady breaths!

I know this was a long post, thanks for sticking it out with me, I hope you enjoyed the shots and saw what’s possible to shoot at a ball game even from a spectators seat so don’t forget to take your camera. 

Happy Shooting!

Howard