This left-handed batsman has just hit a monstrous pull shot that will go over the pitch at midwicket for six runs. Even in a short exposure, the white cricket ball struck hard with a bat appears as a blur, whizzing away at high speed.
I’m spending a spectacular summer Saturday afternoon at Brockton Oval in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, where two matches of the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League are taking place. I’m enjoying the competitive cricket, but I’ve also had the great pleasure of speaking with various people: a number of players, friends of players, and other curious onlookers. My camera and the long zoom-lens are a great conversation starter, too. Every person with whom I speak is Canadian or American, all who’ve originally come from India or Pakistan. One of the best things to happen is the nod of agreement (approval, perhaps?) when I tell them I’ve become a fan of the game as part of my wish to know and understand people from the “Subcontinent.”
I made the photo above on 26 July 2014 with a Canon EOS6D camera and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM zoom-lens; the settings are 1/500s exposure, f/22 aperture, ISO 2500, 300mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com, and also appears on Travel Photo Thursday for Nancie McKinnon’s Budget Traveler’s Sandbox.