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My New Portfolios

Posted in Baseball, Football, Golf, Portfolio, Sports Photography with tags , , , , on September 10, 2013 by bobshank

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Sports photography is my passion! There is just nothing more exciting, challenging, thrilling, and, yes, sometimes frustrating, than photographing a sporting event. Football season is now in full swing and I am learning more and more about how to photograph the game to capture the story-telling action. I love it!

I am slowly but surely adding better quality photos to my website, so I decided it was time to create and build new sports portfolios. One of my hopes was to create a slideshow-style portfolio featuring my photographs so viewers, editors, and potential clients can easily view my work. I also wanted the portfolios to be simple, yet attractive.

My newly updated sports portfolios can be viewed here: http://bobshankphotography.com/Baseball%20Portfolio.html

I think I achieved what I was hoping for in this redesign. Take a few moments to view my photo portfolios. Let me know what you think of the new design. Does it work well to show and highlight my sports photography abilities?

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First Round District 11 Playoffs – Bangor @ Pleasant Valley

Posted in Action Photography, Bangor, Baseball, District 11 Playoffs, Pleasant Valley, Scary Moment, Sports Photography with tags , , , , , , on May 20, 2013 by bobshank
Pleasant Valley's Jordan Caffrey slides into third on the way to victory over Bangor in the first round of District 11 playoffs.

Pleasant Valley’s Jordan Caffrey slides into third on the way to victory over Bangor in the first round of District 11 playoffs.

The Pleasant Valley hosted Bangor for the first round of District 11 playoffs. It was a beautiful, sunny day–a great day to play baseball! The Bears struck first and scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. It was a good game on many levels. PV’s starting pitcher, Dan Hrbek, pitched a one-hit game through 6 innings. Bases were loaded with no out in the top of the 4th inning on two walks and the one hit, but Hrbek pitched out of trouble with three straight strikeouts!

Pitcher, Dan Hrbek, throws to first base on a grounder back at him.

Pitcher, Dan Hrbek, throws to first base on a grounder back at him.

Bangor’s third baseman, Ryan Hydock, hit a solo home run off relief pitcher, Howie Stevens, in the bottom of the 7th. But that was the lone threat Bangor was able to mount in this playoff game. It was a pretty solid game from both sides, but PV prevailed through regulation to win 5-1.

There was a scary moment, however, in the bottom of the 5th inning. With Dan Hrbek on first base with a walk,  James Shank stepped up to the plate. Shank swung at the first pitch to protect Hrbek, who stole second base. Then the count went to 1-2. The next pitch tailed to the inside of the right-handed batter and hit the bill of Shank’s helmet, breaking it with a clean break! Shank fell to the ground after the ball bounced off the helmet, hit is cheek, and then caromed off his shoulder. These sequence of photos show the scary action…

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Two More Photos Published with the Pocono Record!

Posted in Baseball, Mountain Valley Conference, Newspaper, Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Record, Published, Sports Photography, Stroudsburg with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by bobshank
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Pocono Mountain East players celebrate victory over Stroudsburg 7-4 in the MVC Championship.

This photograph appeared on the front page of the sports section in the Pocono Record on Friday, May 17th. My photo took up half the page!

Pocono Mountain East won the game against Stroudsburg 7-4. It was the very first MVC Championship title for East. I was given the opportunity to cover the story with my camera and arrived at the field early to check in and get into position. I first had to coordinate with the sports writer to get the lineups for both sides. Having the names and numbers is imperative for writing accurate captions, which is an entire art in itself. Fortunately, one of my textbooks from Temple University covers this in-depth and offers great suggestions and examples for learning how to write better captions. I also had great training when I was a student there but I am still learning, too.

The game was an exciting one. Every time Stroudsburg seemed to gain momentum, Pocono Mountain East took it away with a timely out, and in one inning, an inning-ending double play! Things got really exciting in the bottom of the last inning. Stroudsburg scored one run but couldn’t string together the hits and rbi’s needed to take the lead. At the end of the game, with the final out secure, the players from East started their victory celebration. Fortunately, I had my camera ready and captured many shots, two of which appeared in the Pocono Record, our local newspaper, on Friday.

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Pocono Mountain East pitcher, Austin Kollar, delivers a pitch in his save to secure the victory over Stroudsburg.

I am getting hooked on sports photography! I’ve enjoyed it for many years and think my repertoire is growing enough to allow me to capture the critical moments in these games. I’ve said a while ago that I wanted to take my photography to the next level. This week I think I did!

Here is a photograph of my photo as it appeared in the newspaper:

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Pocono Record featuring my photograph on the top half of the front page in the sports section.

You can see the actual article here.

PV Wins a Big Game in the Bottom of the 7th!

Posted in Baseball, Lehighton, Pleasant Valley High School, Sports Photography with tags , , , , on May 4, 2013 by bobshank
Shortstop, Dan Hrbek, charges a slow roller to make an excellent play in the field as PV went on to win 3-2 in seven innings

Shortstop, Dan Hrbek, charges a slow roller to make an excellent play in the field as PV went on to win 3-2 in seven innings

It wasn’t easy and it was just what the doctor ordered after a tough loss in their last game. PV went up 1-0 on an RBI single by catcher, James Shank. But the fightin’ Indians came back heartily to go up 2-1 in the middle innings.

First baseman, Jordan Caffrey, flips to pitcher, Howie Stevens to record the out.

First baseman, Jordan Caffrey, flips to pitcher, Howie Stevens to record the out.

Howie Stevens pitched a great game, pitching out of trouble in several innings to keep the game close. Without his effort, this game would most likely have ended up much differently. As it was, he pitched 6 strong innings by mixing an effective curve ball in with his fastball to keep hitters off balance just about every time it was needed.

Pitcher, Dan Hrbek, flips to first baseman, Howie Stevens, to record an out in the 7th inning. Hrbek threw hard and recoded outs on all three batters he faced.

Pitcher, Dan Hrbek, flips to first baseman, Howie Stevens, to record an out in the 7th inning. Hrbek threw hard and recorded outs on all three batters he faced.

Dan Hrbek came in to pitch the 7th inning with the game hanging in the balance, tied up 2-2. He threw hard stuff and recorded 2 Ks. His fastball was arguably as fast as its been all season. He was hitting his spots and throwing hard, which resulted in 3 up and 3 down in the top of the 7th inning. Then it was time for the PV Bears to have last dibs!

James Shank went 3-4. He lead off the 7th inning with a double down the 3rd base line.

James Shank went 3-4. He led off the bottom of the 7th inning with a double down the 3rd base line.

The bottom of the last inning was started off by a line drive double down the 3rd base line by James Shank. He rolled into the second, representing the potential winning run if PV could get him across the plate. Howie Stevens earned a walk and Troy Van Houten also earned a base on balls to load the bases with one out. Nick Domenici hit a fly ball to right field, but Shank did not tag up at third base, so the bases remained loaded with two outs. That brought up third baseman, Austin Yoffredo, who hit a wickedly spinning ball down the first base line. Somehow it snuck through the legs of the Lehighton first baseman. Shank crossed home plate and the Bears snagged the much needed victory!

James Shank celebrates the PV victory after crossing home plate.

James Shank celebrates the PV victory after crossing home plate.

PV Baseball Team Goes 11-2

Posted in Adam Raseley, Baseball, Dan Hrbek, Dylan Pasnak, East Stroudsburg South, High School, Howie Stevens, James Shank, Jordan Caffrey, Pleasant Valley, Sports Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2013 by bobshank

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Pleasant Valley’s baseball team was propelled by James Shank as he went 2-3 at the plate and recorded 2 RBIs. Howie Stevens and Jordan Caffrey contributed well-placed hits in the line-up to score 6 runs in six innings.

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Dylan Pasnak, pitched a masterful 1-hitter to secure a solid defensive game and record the shut-out.

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In the above photo, #3 Adam Raseley is running to first base. PV’s record is now 11-2 for the season!

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Here, shortstop, Dan Hrbek, turns a self-assisted double-play as #13 Zack Werner slides into the second base for East Stroudsburg South.

PV Bears Win Against Nazareth

Posted in Baseball, Nazareth, Pleasant Valley, Sports Photography with tags , , , on April 1, 2013 by bobshank

Dan Hrbek recorded 10 Ks in a complete game against Nazareth

PV pitcher, Dan Hrbek, recorded 10 strikeouts in a complete game to propel PV to a 4-1 win over Nazareth.

Howie Stevens had 2 hits in a 4-1 vicotry over Nazareth

Howie Stevens, first baseman, had two of PV’s 6 hits.

Shortstop, Travis Van Houten, throws to 1B

Shortstop, Travis Van Houten, throws to 1B in the win over Nazareth. The early season victory shows PV has enough talent to compete against any team this season.

Howie Steves (1B) receives a pickoff throw from pitcher, Dan Hrbek

First baseman, Howie Stevens, receives a pick-off attempt from Dan Hrbek.

Stevens makes the tag to complete the pickoff and record the out

Stevens makes the tag on the pick-off to complete the play and record the out. PV featured solid defense behind Hrbek’s masterful presence on the mound.

Opening Day!

Posted in Baseball, Freedom, Opening Day, Pleasant Valley, Sports Photography with tags , , , , on March 23, 2013 by bobshank

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Opening Day of the Pleasant Valley Baseball Season took place today at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, PA. The wind was blustery and cold, but there was excitement in the air as the 2013 Baseball Season got under way!

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Howie Stevens took the mound for the PV Bears. The senior pitcher mixed it up with fast balls, curves, and change ups. He provided a very solid performance for the first game of the season and went the distance!

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Dylan Frankenfield took the mound for Freedom and also pitched a great game! He overcame a slight defensive problem in the first inning and pitched out of the trouble. His complete game was very solid, too!

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The game was scoreless through three innings. Then Freedom put together a good inning when PV committed a few errors. Freedom mixed in some well-placed hits and scored three runs to take the lead.

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Frankenfield came to the plate later in the game and hit an rbi single to go up 4-0.

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PV made a valiant effort in the bottom of the last inning to make a sizable threat. Hits by Stevens, Hrbek and Domenici helped to put a crooked number up with only one out in the inning!

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The Bears produced three runs to make it a one-run game. What an exciting Opening Day for both teams!

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To view more photographs from today’s game click on the following links:

Pleasant Valley Baseball

Freedom Baseball