Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

*My 2013 POY. (Pictures of the Year)

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Where does the time go? Even though my tenure as a staff photographer at the newspaper was abruptly cut short in November due to layoffs that eliminated our entire photo staff, it was still a very gratifying year for making images. Boarded a few airplanes for out of town personal assignments, utilized remote cameras, strobes, [...]


*”Winners…” August 2013

Goshen shortstop Tyler Eisenbacher (#2) dives but is unable to stop a base hit by Burke batter Stephen Cushing during their Boys Varsity baseball game against Burke in Goshen, NY on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  CHET GORDON/Times Herald-Record

A sports photograph of mine that I’d made back in the Spring while covering a high school baseball game was just awarded a second place in the New York State AP (Associated Press) contest for 2012 – 2013. An award like this always means an awful lot, especially since my image was judged against other [...]


“Some Thoughts on Making the Same Picture…” May 2013 & June 2011.

Goshen shortstop Tyler Eisenbacher (#2) dives but is unable to stop a base hit by Burke batter Stephen Cushing during their Boys Varsity baseball game against Burke in Goshen, NY on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  CHET GORDON/Times Herald-Record

Baseball is a wonderful game. It really is. Just sometimes, it’s boring as hell. Doesn’t matter if it’s MLB (Major League Baseball) or LL (Little Leaguers). As a photographer (and former player) I pay attention to the flow of a game, and anticipate good plays or game changing moments, and like to work to make these [...]


"Another Winner…" NPPA 2nd. Place Sports for June 2011

Livingston Manor shortstop Ken Fisk (#14) dives but can't make the play on a ball hit by Tim Steffens (#9) of Smithtown Christian during the fourth inning of their New York State Class D regional final at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, NY on Tuesday,

Well, a second place ain’t too bad in the National Press Photographer’s Association Monthly News Clip Contest for June 2011. I wrote a bit about how I made this image back during the high school baseball playoffs in an earlier post here on the blog, and have re-posted it below (so you don’t have to [...]


In Praise of "Long Glass…" 22•Oct.•11

Washingtonville quarterback Chaynce Pelio (#15, left) is pressured by Warwick's J.J. Prell (#35) during their Section 9 Class AA Div II game against Washingtoville at Warwick High School in Warwick, NY on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Washingtonville defeat

I am working on a new post highlighting my use of long telephoto lenses (or what’s commonly labeled “super-telephotos” in the camera manufacturer’s jargon). For photographing sports and an occasional news assignment with “Joe-subject” at a distant podium, while we’re positioned on those annoying press risers – there’s no substitute for me, as my main [...]


"Going Yard…" Minor League Baseball. Wappingers Falls, NY. 2•Aug.•11

Hudson Valley Renegades shortstop Juniel Querecuto (#1) signs autographs for young fans prior to their game against the Batavia Muckdogs at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY on Tuesday, August 2, 2011.  CHET GORDON/Times Herald-Record

After returning from vacation Monday night, it was nice to be assigned again to cover our local Minor League team, The Hudson Valley Renegades last night. (Tuesday). The assignment called for only shooting images of a few key players, as we’re only running a Sunday story. So it’s a chance for me to sort of [...]


*"More HS Playoff Baseball…" 7•June•11

Livingston Manor shortstop Ken Fisk (#14) dives but can't make the play on a ball hit by Tim Steffens (#9) of Smithtown Christian during the fourth inning of their New York State Class D regional final at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, NY on Tuesday,

This is why I like utilizing long glass for sports; no matter the event, venue or level of competition. Peak action, fast shutter speeds, relatively clean or out of focus backgrounds at wide apertures, nice light… (yea, I was ‘sitting’ on the shortstop and sort of guessed right when he dove for this line drive [...]


"A Little HS Championship Baseball…" 4•June•11

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Kingston winning pitcher Jared Jensen (#22) reacts after making the final putout to end their Section 9 Class AA Championship game against Valley Central at SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY on Saturday, June 4, 2011. KIngston defeated Valley Central 4 – 1. © CHET GORDON/Times Herald-Record


"The Weather & Recent Work…" July 6 – 17, 2010

Youngsters kept cool in the spray of a sprinkler at Audrey Carey Park on Liberty Street in the City of Newburgh, NY on Friday, July 9, 2010. The Northeast U.S. has endured a heatwave for a week, with temperatures reaching past 100ºF. © www.chetgordon.com/blog Valdrin Muriqi (right) of Newburgh, NY follows through on a punch [...]


*"Back on Track…" (or why I still get juiced shooting sports.) June•2010

There’s still something sweet about arriving early to a venue, knowing you’re there working a big game, no matter what the sport. Throw in some of these newer stadiums and arenas where even local high school games are contested nowadays, and when weather conditions are favorable – it’s just about nirvana for me. I’ve written [...]


"Back to the Ballpark…" 17•June•09

It was kind of fun to return to a pro ballpark yesterday for a minor baseball team’s media day. Even it was only a Class A Short Season team here in our area, The Hudson Valley Renegades. There’s still something nice about arriving to a ballpark or arena when it’s empty, and you’re there to [...]


*"The Weekend Was Literally a Blur…" April 10 – 11, 2009.

All I can remember about the past few days was that I had to do a lot of driving. HS baseball. Division I level College Football. More HS baseball. Walked with the Stations of the Cross here in my hometown on Friday morning for the third Good Friday in a row, which proved for good [...]


*The (real) "Boys of Summer…" Part II.

More baseball during the last week. This time covering the state semi-finals of the American Legion Tournament here in my hometown of Newburgh, NY. Photographed two big games on Thursday & Saturday, and stopped by the ballpark on my day off on Sunday to see our home team loose their chance to continue onto Virginia [...]