In the history of PJ’s photo blogging challenge, this is the first month participants have faced the added challenge of a repeat theme. As I explained the first time around, baseball isn’t really my thing. I don’t play it, our kids don’t play it and I don’t watch it. First at bat I opted to portray baseball in still life.
Since I didn’t want to take the same approach, I spent most of the month trying to come up with another approach that didn’t include skulking around the neighbourhood ball diamond, pitching, batting or throwing. I ended up creating a photo dictionary of baseball terminology, with a twist…
NOTE: The baseball explanations that follow are imprecise, based on my best recollection from phys ed classes.
1. Pitcher – In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher’s mound toward the catcher to begin each play. In my world, the pitcher is what you fill with a delicious drink of some sort and place in the refrigerator so you can enjoy a cold beverage on a hot afternoon. This pitcher was a housewarming gift.
2. Walk – In baseball, a walk is an advance to first base that is awarded to a batter who takes four pitches that are balls. From my perspective, a walk is a mode of active transportation or a moderate form of exercise, preferably done outside and in good company. This photo is from a June walk in Canmore with Mr. GeoK.
3. Triple – In baseball, a triple when the batter safely reaches third base after hitting the ball. I consider three of just about anything as a triple. In this case, it’s three elk calves, likely not triplets because even twin elk calves is a one in a million thing.
4. Double – Same concept as a triple, except the batter only reaches second base. In this case, my version is an in camera double exposure. I still haven’t quite mastered the gain aspect of this camera feature, so it came out more exposed than I would have liked, looking a bit like a baseball ghost.
5. Bases – In baseball, a player has to touch all four bases (which are arranged in a diamond shape) in order to score. In my experience, bases are the only way to keep Lego Minifigs standing upright. The standard Lego Minifig base is a 1/3 height, 3 x 4 brick with only 4 studs.
That’s it for my unorthodox take on baseball. I’m sure the other participants came up with something more appealing to actual fans of the sport, so hop on over to A ‘lil Hoohaa to get the real deal.
I like to treat this photo blogging challenge as a month-long photo assignment, which makes it pretty low stress. New participants are welcome to join the photo blogging challenge any time. Since I’m a day late posting this, I already know the next theme, which is Photographer’s Choice. I think that makes July 2016 the perfect month to join in.