The Sporting Weekend: Spring Training Portraits

  • Nate Schierholtz of the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Arizona. Jamie Squire / AFP / Getty Images
  • Taylor Green Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale, Arizona. Rob Tringali / Getty Images /AFP
  • Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Arizona. Jamie Squire / Getty Images / AFP
  • Jason Motte of the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida. Rob Carr / Getty Images / AFP
  • Fernando Abad of the Oakland Athletics in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images / AFP
  • Luke Gregerson of the Oakland Athletics in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images / AFP
  • Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale, Arizona. Paul Sancya / AP Photo
  • Joe Blanton of the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Arizona. Jamie Squire / Getty Images / AFP
  • Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Arizona.   Christian Petersen / Getty Images / AFP
  • Carlos Villanueva of the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Arizona. Jamie Squire / Getty Images / AFP
  • Chris Herrmann of the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Florida. Rob Carr / Getty Images / AFP
  • Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Arizona. Tony Gutierrez / AP Photo

From the odd to the timeless, its portrait day during Major League Baseball's Spring Training.  Photography can be much like a sport and during Media Days when photographers are shooting portraits all day long, they yearn for a few special pictures amidst the assembly-line of faces.

Its a long roster of stars, rookies and coaches and its the photographer's job to face everybody in the line-up. But much like a batter at the plate, they know it's important to remain patient and if they do, the clouds might shift or a momentary micro-expression might be revealed and then gone in an instant. At other times, photographer's know its important to be aggressive and make something happen if nothing visual is developing.

Finally after hours of work, they begin to edit images and hope to find something special, something more than a base-hit ... they look for their photographic home run.

* Editing and text by RJ Mickelson

     
       
         
           
             
               
                 
                   
                     
                       
                         
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