An Afternoon at the Ballpark with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Yesterday I went to the Oakland A's preseason spring training baseball game against the visiting Los Angles Dodgers at Hohokam Park in Mesa, Arizona.

I used to shoot professional sports as a photojournalist back in the day and haven’t had a chance to seriously photograph any sports since 2006. It’s the thing I miss the most from my photojournalism days. I was a little rusty, but it was just like riding a bike ☺️

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There was no media pass for me this time out and all photos seen here were shot from either my seat along the first base side (see red circle in map) or from standing along the walkway (see arrows in map).

stadium map

All the photos you see in the gallery below were photographed with the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III camera with the M.Zuiko 300mm f4 lens and MC 14 teleconverter. Camera settings were on average at 1/2500s at f7.1 at ISO 640.

For autofocus I was using the 5x5 grid and rear-button autofocus, with face and eye detection enabled.

Click on a thumbnail below to open the photos up larger in a lightbox.

Some people have been surprised I was able to bring in camera equipment. I don't know what the rules are out there, and maybe they are more relaxed for spring training games.

I do know I was allowed in with openly carrying the Mark III camera with vertical grip and 12-100mm f4 lens attached. And in a ThinkTank bag I had the 300mm f4 with 1.4x teleconverter attached, the 40-150mm f2.8 with the 2x teleconverter attached, and the Mark II camera with 8mm fisheye lens attached. The only thing they didn't allow me to bring in was a monopod.

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