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Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants during Spring Training, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants during Spring Training, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Some dear friends generously provided us with tickets to the San Francisco Giants Spring Training games – they are sure fun!  I love the relaxed, casual atmosphere where before the game the players work their way down the sidelines posing for photos and signing autographs.  We had such good seats to yesterday’s game that I decided to bring my camera and try to capture the action – that was a  blast as well!  I gotta admit, catching that moment the ball leaves the bat is much harder then it looks!

A wide throw lead to a succesful stolen base in yesterday's Giants game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

A wide throw lead to a successful stolen base in yesterday's Giants game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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About the author: Ron Niebrugge is an Alaska based outdoor photographer specializing in landscapes, wildlife and travel photography. Ron shares his travels and adventures here on the blog. To see more photos, or to learn about Ron’s photo tours and workshops, visit our main photo website.

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  • Dennis Barton March 15, 2010, 7:48 am

    Looks like fun, nice captures. Sports photographer for a day.

  • John Engels March 15, 2010, 7:57 am

    Nice pics Ron! Those look like they were awesome seats, my kids would be jealous.

  • Captain Kidd March 15, 2010, 2:42 pm

    Sweet swing looks like Buster got all of that one. Was it a base hit or something more on that pitch.

  • Ron March 15, 2010, 6:36 pm

    Thanks a lot everyone!

    Captain Kidd – good to hear from you! It was a single, one that loaded the bases with the Giants down by two. Milwaukee brought in another pitcher who preceded to pick Buster off and end the inning without throwing a single pitch! With a name like that, how can he help but be a good baseball player.

  • Richard Wong March 15, 2010, 11:07 pm

    Those are some really great action shots Ron.

  • Joe Weir March 16, 2010, 5:44 am

    Great shots Ron. I really like that you were able to capture the flex in the bat as the ball comes off it.

  • Scott March 16, 2010, 6:15 am

    What was the largest lens you brought to the game? I’m looking into whether I’d be allowed to bring my 100-400mm to a game, but I’m worried they won’t allow it.

  • Ron March 16, 2010, 8:03 am

    Thanks Joe – I was surprised to see just how much the bat flexed!

    Scott – I worried about the same thing – I had my 100-400 – I had to open my bag for security and no one said anything so it must not be a problem.

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