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So I got a couple of calls to shoot the 2009 NCAA Baseball Austin Regional Tournament over at Disch-Faulk Field this weekend.  I’m scheduled to shoot 7 games in three days, so it should be an interesting/long/sunburnt weekend.  I’m traveling up to Round Rock tonight to see the Round Rock Express end their week long homestead with a game against the Salt Lake Bees.  I’m going to go shoot while the light is pretty (7pm start) then retire to a seat with a fat hotdog (because I don’t eat enough of them already) and enjoy some baseball…

In closing, I thought I would share a couple of photos I shot during the Sports Shooter Academy held in Irvine last month to take my mind off of baseball for a moment.  I just thought the series was pretty funny.  The coach was silent the entire time until he made fun of this pole vaulter.

Photos by Austin sports photographer Patrick Meredith

Photos by Austin sports photographer Patrick Meredith

More photos to come.  I’ve been busy shooting…Triathlons,portraits, soccer games….yikes.  It might be Monday or Tuesday before I get back though.  🙂

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Where to start……..

Well, I shot a few games of baseball this past week…..

Michael Torres dives for a ground ball during the Longhorns 5-4 win over Texas A&M on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

Michael Torres dives for a ground ball during the Longhorns 5-4 win over Texas A&M on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

It was blazing hot, with temperatures in the mid 90’s….But with the new artificial turf, it seemed like it was well over 100 degrees anywhere near the field.  Lucky for myself and all the other photographers, there are plenty of places to shoot from off of the field.  Not only is it slightly cooler, but it cleans up your backgrounds nicely….So please be nice and courteous to the fans who have paid for seats and those needing a place to sit.

Brandon Loy reaches back to pull in a pop fly in the infield.

Brandon Loy reaches back to pull in a pop fly in the infield.

In my ever expanding quest to bring my clients the best/different images, I’ve started employing multiple remote cameras at nearly every sporting event I cover.  I started using remotes about 2 years ago at high school baseball games and have used them at multiple events since, including basketball, soccer, and NFL/NCAA football and horse racing, to name a few.

For example, here is an image I shot with my hand held camera from above:

University of Texas second base baseball

It has the typical second base action.  A runner sliding, the second baseman throwing and at least a face.  Very typical and kind of boring.     With a remote camera on a low position shooting second from a different perspective, it gives us a totally different image.  See the remote here (complete with yelling fans):

Remote cameraFor this day game I used a Nikon D1H, a Nikkor 300mm, 2 magic arms, 3 safety cables, 1 Pocketwizard PlusII Tranciever, 3 superclamps and one Pocketwizard remote release.  Shooting at such a close angle, it gave me a  nice tight frame at second base, which allowed me to use this older camera so I could make use of all the megapixels it provides.  University of Texas second baseballAs you can see (if you scroll back up to the image from above), I can capture multiple angles on the same play.  Pretty neat stuff really.  But what if we added a third camera pointed at second base from the outfield?

UT remote camera

I mounted a Nikon D2H with a 400mm attached using the exact same setup above (2 magic arms, 3 superclamps etc) to the TV scaffolding pointed at second base.  I fudged this one up a bit, as I missed focus on second base by about 1 foot.  Nothing like back focused images.  So we’ll skip the examples from this one, but it is in the works.  Instead you can pixelpeep a picture of Augie from the dugout.

Head Coach Augie Garrido, center, watches the Longhorns game against Texas A&M from the dugout on Sunday.

Head Coach Augie Garrido, center, watches the Longhorns game against Texas A&M from the dugout on Sunday.

You can see some more images from the games HERE.

In the middle of the heat wave, I also took some time off and went to Barton Springs here in Austin.  If you’ve never been to the natural pool in the middle of downtown, I can’t understand why.  It may be the ‘scene’, but you can’t beat the cool, deep waters.

Barton Springs Pool
Of  course I couldn’t resist bringing in a camera, so I packed up a D1X with a 12-24mm in the backpack for the bike ride there.  This is a friend of mine properly using the diving board.  I’m terrible at diving, but I can do a pencil like no other.  Like Deep Eddy (see last post), Barton Springs is full of speedos and banana hammocks….

Barton Springs Pool Austin Texas

For some reason I felt like this photo needed an ‘antique’ feel so experimented a little bit using Photoshop CS3.  Classic hair, classic suit.  I just wish I could muster up the courage to wear one of these myself.

Josh Hamilton fumbles a ball in center field in the bottom of the 9th inning, allowing Round Rock's Brian Bogusevic to move to third base.

Josh Hamilton fumbles a ball in center field in the bottom of the 9th inning, allowing Round Rock's Brian Bogusevic to move to third base.

After shooting UT, I traveled up to Round Rock to catch the Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton play a couple of rehab games with the Redhawks.  Hamilton looked awesome and is playing in the majors again.  He did make a big error in the outfield in the bottom of the 9th, allowing the winning run to advance to third base.  In the last inning, I positioned myself near the outfield to grab a photo of Hamilton as he was joking around with another player…I ended up getting a couple game telling shots…

Brian Bogusevic (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Brian Bogusevic (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Before I went to see the Express, I shot the Austin Aztex vs Puerto Rico Islanders on Friday.  It was pretty nice, as the game started with a little bit of daylight.

Austin Aztex

I also set up two remotes behind the net, but didn’t come up with anything in the 1-1 tie game.  One of these days this season maybe….

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Let me know if you saw me sitting on the sidelines, as they broadcasted the game on FSN.  Come out and see the Aztex play this Sunday.  The games are pretty fun and the fans sit very close to the action…

I also shot some NCAA Div-1 golf and the UIL State Golf Tournament as well.  The NCAA Tournament was held at the University of Texas Golf Club in West Austin…Granted I haven’t been on a lot of courses, the UT club was hands over heels the best course I’ve been on in Austin…Just wish my shoot had gone a little better.  I broke a 12-24mm lens and a memory card, containing my first two hours of shooting, became corrupted.  Yikes.

Cory Whitsett, of Houston Memorial, lets his club fly after teeing off into the trees on the 18th hole during the 2009 UIL State Golf Tournament in Austin, Texas

Cory Whitsett, of Houston Memorial, lets his club fly after teeing off into the trees on the 18th hole during the 2009 UIL State Golf Tournament in Austin, Texas

It was pretty fun being on the course again, as I usually only shoot golf a few times a year….Mostly during the UIL State Tournament and a couple other random times throughout the year.

Ryan Eibner (center), of Conroe, putts on the 10th green as Houston Memorial's Greg Rochna looks on

Ryan Eibner (center), of Conroe, putts on the 10th green as Houston Memorial's Greg Rochna looks on

Before I broke the 12-24mm, another photographer asked me, “What are you going to do with that thing?”  In an effort to prove I could get something, I spent a few holes shooting with it.  I didn’t get anything great with it, but heck, no other photographer there got this shot.

I also just got back from a trip to Missouri to see some family.  Amelia and I drove her car, packed to the gills with junk and 2 dogs, the 9 hours north.  We took a dip in the pool one day and wished we had brought coats the next.  Got to love the weather up there. The dogs enjoyed the big ‘ol yards up there though…

Blue Heeler dog

Hank enjoyed eating all the flowers and running around like a madman the entire trip.

I’m off now…time to eat some dinnnnnner.

photos by Austin photographer Patrick Meredith www.meredith-photo.com

soccer, swimming, baseball, baseball and baseball

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Deep Eddy Pool Austin Texas

I took a couple minutes on Friday to take a bike trip down to Deep Eddy Pool here in Austin.  I’ve lived here for several years, but I had never visited the red headed stepchild of Barton Springs, so I thought it would be a good time to go….That and the 93 degree heat…No chlorine, 8 feet deep, swimming lanes and LOTS of speedos and banana hammocks.  A lady I was talking to told me, “Barton Springs is the scene, but this can’t be beat.”  I would agree.  Very relaxed and laid back. 

Anyhow, I’ve been super busy this weekend, starting with the Austin Aztex soccer game against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Friday night, the Texas Longhorns vs. Texas A&M on Saturday and Sunday and the Round Rock Express today at noon.  I’ve been shooting fairly well (knock on wood), but there has also been daylight involved.   I’ll post some photos up later today, so be sure to check back.  I’ve got to go charge batteries and dump some memory cards…I’ve shot 12gigs worth of photos this past weekend.  More than I’ve ever taken at three events….ever.  I felt like my finger never came off the trigger….

UFCU Disch-Falk Field Austin Texas

 And to hold us all over, here is a view of UFCU Disch-Falk Field from the press box long after the fans and players have gone home.

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Worth noting…

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Summer time is here and I’ve been spending my free time swimming, riding my bike, eating queso and not updating in the last few days.  I’ve got several shoots lined up for this weekend, including the Austin Aztex and the University of Texas baseball team.  You’ll see an update this weekend with a few photos…..promise.  🙂

Nikon D300 Nikon 50mm 1.8

I also got a new lens, a Nikon Series E 50mm f1.8 the other day.  It is seriously the smallest lens I have ever seen.  Pretty cool….

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May 7, 2009 at 3:46 am

Behind the scenes – President Obama

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P031509PS-0140, originally uploaded by The Official White House Photostream.

As I stumbled my way around the internet this morning before an assignment, I came across a Flickr gallery that claims to be “The Official White House Photostream.” Anyhow, it chronicles Obama’s first 100 days in office, with many behind the scenes shots like the one above, shot by Pete Souza. Pretty neat stuff. Large size files are also available for download from the flickr stream as well….

I also spent this morning trekking through the woods on a sore ankle.  It was a pretty cool assignment, as I got to go to another relatively unknown place here in Austin.  Next time I’m bringing a pack mule and 4 assistants to carry my equipment though.  🙂  The story will be published in an upcoming edition of the Austin American Statesman, so keep your eyes peeled.

In other news, I just found out that the Texas UIL (the governing body for high school sports here in Texas) has postponed ALL high school athletic events due to the concern over the swine flu.  You can read about it HERE.  I can’t wait for the state championships to start again this year.  It is usually really nice outside and it brings out the best high school competitors…which always makes for great photos.

Yet more baseball….

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Bud Norris celebrates after retiring a New Orleans batter to end a tough inning during Round Rock's 3-7 loss against the Zephyers on Thursday at the Dell Diamond.

Bud Norris celebrates after retiring a New Orleans batter to end a tough inning during Round Rock's 3-7 loss against the Zephyers on Thursday at the Dell Diamond.

It seems like I can’t get away from the baseball lately.  But then again that isn’t a bad thing.  I witnessed the Round Rock Express drop their fifth straight game, the longest streak of the season.  Astros starting pitcher Brian Moehler is taking the mound tonight while he rehabs an injury, so hopefully he can help turn it around before moving back up to the majors.

Eli Iorg misses a pop fly in right field, allowing a New Orleans Zephyer onto second base in the first inning.

Eli Iorg misses a pop fly in right field, allowing a New Orleans Zephyer onto second base in the first inning.

Anyhow, tonight we are headed to a Cory Branan show at Antone’s.  If you haven’t heard of Cory Branan, you probably aren’t the first….But his shows have increasingly become more and more packed over the years.  His core fan base, however, can and will fill a small venue with no problem.  Check out some of his music HERE.  He made an apperance on the David Letterman Show a while back as well.  Amazingly, I don’t have any good photos of the guy.  Oh well.

After the show, I will be dropping Amelia off at the airport and I’m going to have a weekend full of University of Texas baseball, Round Rock Express baseball, Austin Aztex soccer and Manor Downs horse racing.  Should be a good time…

photos by Austin photographer Patrick Meredith www.meredith-photo.com

Express open 8 game homestand

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I haven’t had the chance to photograph the Round Rock Express, a AAA affliate of the Houston Astros, since last season and last nights game was a treat.  They recently rebuilt the press box, and the new facilities (and beverages) are not only a welcome change, but also very, very nice.  From the TV room, you can get right behind home plate for a view of the very well manicured feild.

The Round Rock Express take the field Tuesday night at the Dell Diamond, where they hosted the New Orleans Zephyrs in the first of eight consecutive home games in Round Rock.

The Round Rock Express take the field Tuesday night at the Dell Diamond, where they hosted the New Orleans Zephyrs in the first of eight consecutive home games in Round Rock.

The Express will be hosting the New Orleans Zephyers every night this week until Monday, with games starting roughly at 7p.m.  It was a lot of fun being on the field again, and the action was great on Tuesday.

Round Rock's Mark Saccomanno, right, and teammate Matt Kata collide while going for the ball during their match up against New Orleans at the Dell Diamond on Tuesday.

Round Rock's Mark Saccomanno, right, and teammate Matt Kata collide while going for the ball during their match up against New Orleans at the Dell Diamond on Tuesday.

The background kills me on this photo, but I love what is happening. No one was injured on the play, but I can’t say that for the next photo…

Round Rock's J.R. Towles gets hit in the face with a baseball after it bounced off the bat in a game against New Orleans on Tuesday in Round Rock.  Towles was reported as being ok, but did not return to play.

Round Rock's J.R. Towles gets hit in the face with a baseball after it bounced off the bat in a game against New Orleans on Tuesday in Round Rock. Towles was reported as being ok, but did not return to play.

So wild.  A single frame.  If you are viewing it 100%, you can see the baseball making an indention in his cheek.  He took it like a champ, but sat out the rest of the game.

Round Rock's Alberto Arias delivers a pitch during their match up against New Orleans at the Dell Diamond on Tuesday.

Round Rock's Alberto Arias delivers a pitch during their match up against New Orleans at the Dell Diamond on Tuesday.

And since the games start around 7p.m., the light has just gone to a golden color.  There are a few select spots on the field where slivers of the setting sun shine through the stadium and cast a perfect glow…One of these spots is about a foot long and situates itself on the pitcher for about 3 minutes before being blocked by a sno-cone vender in the hallway where the light shines through.  I still haven’t found a way to harness it yet, but I’m looking….

You can see more of my take from last night over at www.statesman.com in the sports section.

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April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm