T-Ball time!

Well, Mark is old enough for T-Ball now, and so we’re getting started on that.  It’s a little bit stressful for him, because we didn’t really prepare him for it mentally, or physically.   We didn’t even get him any books on the subject for us to read to him–which is the standard procedure.  We did get him a glove last year at the Sports Shop, and the J6 crew got him some size 12T baseball cleats.

On Monday, we told him we were going to start playing T-ball and we started working on throwing and catching, then on Wednesday we went to our first practice where he practiced some fielding and then some batting.

He was terrified of the batting, so that night we went and bought our own little practice T-Ball set so we could work on those skills.  He liked the running to first base, but didn’t know where to find the base all the time and he definitely didn’t want to mess up and run to the wrong base.  As soon as we got into the car after the first practice, we told him we had the first game on Saturday and he opened his mouth really wide and let out a big cry.  He’d thought that T-ball was over and he wouldn’t have to do it again, then he found out we had a game on Saturday.  It was tough for him.

davis-3-iC On Saturday, he cried the whole way to the ball field and Holly was not sure that T-ball was what we needed to be doing.  I explained that he’s at just the right age to learn T-ball and that later on it’d be too late because his peer group would already know how to catch, throw, and bat by then.

Photo by Steve Vick: CLICK HERE!! then click on T-ball for more of his pictures.

Many of these pictures are great, and I’m going to buy a few of Mark Daniel when I get some time.  When these photos were taken, the T-ball teams didn’t have their uniforms yet, plus it was cold, so many of the kids were all bundled up in their fleece.  (He’s on the Reds, so they have Red baseball t-shirts, and red hats with C’s on them.)

When he got up to bat the first time, he just held the bat and descended into a puddle of tears, holding the bat and looking at all the fielders watching him.  Parents in the crowd, were cheering him on, “Come on Marky, You can do it.”  I went out there and picked him up and carried him back to the dug-out.

We had a long talk about stress and doing what you’re supposed to, even when it’s scary.  It was a tough talk.  I talked about wrestling, and about teaching my first year.  Then I told him, I’d go up there and be with him when he bats next time. 

So when it was his turn to bat the next time, it looked  like he was doing great, but he didn’t want to swing.  So I went up to him and asked him how he was doing, and he was just about to cry again.  He said, “I don’t know where first base is.  Where is it?”

I pointed over to it, and then he was fine.  He hit the ball to third base, and made it to third, since they over threw first.  They only played two innings, since each kid gets to bat each inning.

When we got out to the car, Mark was all happy because he’d finished T-ball.  Bummer.  We had to explain to him that this was just the first of six weeks of Saturday morning games.

When he hear that, his eyes teared up, he opened his mouth for a the mother of all breaths.  Holly and I held our ears.  Then he let loose again.

Sometimes, that’s how it goes, I suppose.

Petersburg vs. Haines games are being uploaded as we speak… (or as I write).

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Petersburg vs. Haines games are being uploaded as we speak… (or as I write).

It was fun shooting the Haines vs. Peterburg games this weekend but it was tiring.  I shot, for the first time, with two cameras to enable me to use a wider range of focal lengths without having to switch lenses.  I’ve now processed the first night’s games and am uploading them and sorting others.

Here’s an idea for enjoying the pictures as a slide-show, with music. 

  1. Pre-load the images, letting the slide show run unattended. 
  2. View them later, quickly, cached from your hard drive.
  3. Locate some of your favorite music.
  4. Play your music on speakers or head phones.
  5. When you view the pictures in slide-show mode, play the music.

Believe me, I know internet connections can seem slow, so try this technique to make the pictures load faster.  At night, or some other time when you don’t want to sit at the computer, load up a gallery of images from a game then start the slide-show feature on the web site, then walk away from the computer.  The images will load as fast as they can (which may be slow or fast) and your computer will cache all the images on your computer, in the usual speed, while you go about your business.

Later, when you visit the site again, the images will actually not have to load from the internet, but will simply load from your computer, if your connection settings are set to store enough space.  The pictures will load much faster once they’ve been cached on a local drive.

Music in the background really adds another dimension, as the pictures are displayed in sequential order, it really is quite nice, much better than slowly viewing them individually in silence.

Personally, I don’t listen to music much.  But the other night while the dance was going on at school, I was sorting images and really enjoyed it much more than I usually do because I could hear the music in the background.

Enjoy the pictures.  Contact me if you have comments or suggestions.

The dishes are clean. Holly is rocking the kids to sleep in the big black chair.  I’ve got to brush my teeth and turn out the lights…

That’s how things are here.  Hush, while the little ones try to go to sleep.

One more upload to do…

Monday, February 13, 2006

I have uploaded all but a small group of ‘crowd’ pictures from the Haines Petersburg series this past weekend.  After the expiration date, the photos will still be available, but only from the archives page where prices start at $5.00 per 4×6 and go up from there so you will get a lot more for your money by ordering before the end of the month

So, I shot the Swim meet…

Sunday, January 22, 2006

I shot the swim meet this past week, and boy was it an experience.  I’ve decided I need a new laptop.  My current computer is sweating under the load.

Usually, I can shoot between 500-1500 shots a week and not be pushing things very hard.  But this past weekend I shot over 6,000 pictures with my 20D.  I was away from the house, the wife, and the two kids so long that now I’m in the dog house.

I couldn’t get back to the computer until I’d gone to church, cleaned the dishes, and gone on a 2 mile walk with the family. So, once again, I’m here working on the files  And boy are there a lot of them.

There are a ton of shots here.  And a number of them are quite good–I’d say there are about 300 shots that are very, very good shots.  I will go ahead and upload most of them, however, as they tell a story. Sometimes a little splash here and there is nice to have in a scrap book.

All the pictures are supposed to be in order, sequentially, and arranged by Event.  Events with multiple heats should be on a single page.  If something ends up in the wrong spot, please let me know.

I’d like to have the time to go through all the pictures and copy all the pool-side photos to a single album so people will not have to look for candid shots in amongst the race shots.  At this time, I’m not sure if this will be possible due to the extreme size of this current job.

I’m back to work now.