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  • Not always does what I photograph evoke an emotional response or suggest a story to me while I am taking the shot. Sometimes I'm on an outing with an alterior motive in mind. Sometimes it's during the processing that I find a theme in a picture.

    Studying this game, it was my intent to get in some practice at 'hand held' telephoto photography. The light conditions were partly cloudy, and my shutter times were exceptionally long, so I was expecting some good, hard practice in this respect. Focus is a problem with long shutter speeds, and shutter times as long as 1/20th of a second require a steady hand, with a lot of practice,

    I enjoyed the game thoroughly, despite my concentration on my personal objectives, but when I got back home, and started editing my day's shots, I found more of a life connection to the images I had acquired than I ever expected.

    This picture, as I worked on it, made me think about how important the values we learn as children are, when we get involved in activities like little league baseball. The senses of belonging, accomplishment, comradery, and teamwork, as well as adherence to general rules, become a large part of our make up as the adults we become later. These are all values we need to make life worth living.

    I titled this photograph; "Strategy Conference", and it suggests all of these important elements of participation in an organized activity for kids.

    It also, when I look at it as just one of my many photographs, leads me to me wonder if baseball makes everybody in the game look like a Norman Rockwell painting. It definitely imparts a spirit of 'Americana' in me whenever I watch a game.
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