Ball on Bat!

May 07, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Many baseball photographers strive to capture an image of the ball at the moment it is making contact with the bat. This is sometimes referred to as a "BOB" (ball on bat) photograph. This is usually accomplished by using a high frame rate (up to 8 frames per second with the Nikon D700). The idea being that the more frames per second, the better the chances are that one of those frames will be a BOB.

Yesterday, I was using my Nikon D800 during the game. I was not shooting in burst mode. Rather, I was capturing just one picture at a time. And, that's what made capturing this BOB photo so unsual!

Here's the 100% crop view (actual pixels):

Clearly, a fast shutter speed is necessary to stop a baseball that is moving at 90 mph. For this shot, I set the shutter speed at 1/6400th of a second. To achieve such a fast shutter speed, I boosted the ISO setting to 400 and opened the aperture all the way (f/2.8).


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