August 2012

Blake Swihart tries to break up double play

A sliding Blake Swihart (10) of the Greenville Drive takes out infielder Fernando De Los Santos (1) of the Rome Braves but can’t prevent a double play in the second inning of a game against the Greenville Drive on August 15, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Rome won, 6-1. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Pitcher Tyler Wilson of the Frederick Keys

The sweat flies off Pitcher Tyler Wilson (26) of the Frederick Keys in a game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on August 4, 2012, at TicketReturn.Com Field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach won, 4-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

A different angle for a play at the plate

Catcher Tomas Telis (17) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans tags out Michael Flacco (27) of the Frederick Keys in a game on August 4, 2012, at TicketReturn.Com Field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Flacco was attempting to score from second base on a fielding error in the top of the 7th inning. Myrtle Beach won, 4-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

I always look forward to trying something a little bit different. Saturday night I had one of those chances.

I was able to free up the time drive over to Myrtle Beach and shoot the Pelicans-Frederick Keys game. The Pelicans’ stadium, now called the TicketReturn.Com Field, is normally a tough place to shoot. The light streaks in from the first-base side, casting long shadows. Hat shadows are awful.

At the start of the game the batters are half in shadows and have in direct sunlight.

(At least I don’t have to play left field. Those poor guys have to stare directly into the sun until it drops down below the stadium walls.)

And then when the sun goes down the field lights don’t provide the best possible illumination.

But enough negatives. The best part of the stadium is that the netting does not extend over the dugouts, making it possible to sit in the upper stands and get a great, unobstructed view of the action on the infield.

So Saturday night I climbed up to a metal bench seat in section 200-something and caught this image at home plate.