Throwing Smoke

It might have been easier to photograph the baseball and smoke separately and then merge them in Photoshop, but… eh. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Crash Davis: “Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls… it’s more democratic.”

– Kevin Costner – Bull Durham

About this image:Β digital photograph (Canon 600D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop


58 thoughts on “Throwing Smoke

    • You know what’s kind of sad is that it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen Bull Durham… so I can’t remember too much. It must have made an impression on me, though, because when I was thinking ‘baseball’ it’s one of the first films that came to mind! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Binky! Just some flash bounced off the wall to illuminate the ball, and a quick burst with a flashlight at some incense I had set-up right below the ball. Not too complicated a set-up, but it still took me a few tries to get some ‘interaction’ between the ball and the smoke that I liked.

  1. Wondered why my smoke alarm was going off, because I wasn’t even in the kitchen! Next week, smoking broccoli? Have a great weekend!

  2. This is one ball that needs precision striking or fear
    the consequences 😦 *gulp* I have heard of a smoking
    gun but this is pure genius SIG πŸ™‚

    The delicate intricacy of the smoke against the harsh
    reality of the ball makes this piece of art stand out from
    the crowd. A superb offering with a touch of class πŸ™‚

    Indeed, it is absolutely brilliant πŸ™‚
    Have a fun Friday and a wicked weekend my great friend πŸ™‚


    • Hahaha… it’s one way to pad the stats I guess!
      Thank you very much, sir! You are incredibly kind to say so! This was one of those shots that have been on my ‘to-try’ list for quite some time… so it was nice to ‘strike’ it off already!
      And I thank you again, Andro! I hope you had a fantastic weekend as well!

      • You should bring these ideas forward SIG as you always manage to excel no matter what the project is, which is amazing I think πŸ™‚

        Have a fun Monday and enjoy everything πŸ™‚


  3. Neat! I can’t believe you didn’t add the smoke in Photoshop, but I also can’t can’t believe you didn’t. What kid did you steal the ball from, though? Because I just don’t quite buy you and your wife as the tossing-around-the-pigskin-in-the-backyard types. And I realize that a pigskin is something else, but you know.

    • Dang… good call, U.M! This was an idea I’ve wanted to try for quite some time now… but (as you’ve guessed) we didn’t happen to have a lot of baseballs just laying around. The last time I went to visit my family I ‘borrowed’ one from my old room just to try this out. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very, very much, Ms. K! I’ve been wanting to try this out for quite some time (just had to get a hold of a baseball first)! I’m not sure it turned out exactly like what I had in mind… gets the general idea across though, I think. Maybe. Kinda. πŸ™‚

  4. Woz that the Curve ball or the Slider… (yes I am trying to get an appreciation of baseball – but will admit to struggling… Happier with NFL). Nice work Bob πŸ™‚

    • I can relate, Martin! I really appreciate all the history in baseball… but more often than not I find myself watching football, basketball or hockey… (I guess I just grew-up playing them more often, maybe).

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