Last MLB season, photographer Brad Mangin spent a great deal of time on a project documenting America’s pastime with nothing but his iPhone and a couple iOS apps, primarily Instagram. The photographs were so well executed and composed that Sports Illustrated published a six-page spread of Brad’s photos in its print magazine.
Like many photojournalists today, I’ve adopted Instagram as one of the many tools I use daily in my job and personal life. I’ve even tried using Instagram when covering sports before, but usually only for a single shot while taking a break from my “real camera.”
Last night for the opening game of the York Revolution’s season in the Atlantic League, I decided to do my best Brad Mangin impersonation and go all-in with my iPhone and Instagram. I got to Sovereign Bank Stadium a few hours before first pitch and walked around the concourse probably half a dozen times. Because of the limitations of the iPhone’s camera, it is still almost impossible to shoot action photos. Instead, I tried to focus on details and little vignettes of the game.
Overall, I took 126 iPhone photos, about 30 of which I actually processed through Instagram. To keep a consistent feel, all used the “Earlybird” filter.
Tidying Up: Stadium workers clean off seats and the grounds crew brushes up the field before the gates open on Opening Day.
On Air: TV Satellite trucks line up outside and a wireless microphone sits on a thermometer to record the game time temperature.
Fully Stocked: Boxes of programs and ice-cold beers await the hands of fans arriving to the ballpark.
Play Time: Little leaguers toss a ball in the grass behind the outfield fence and play in the moon bounce.
National Anthem: The Spring Garden Band provides accompaniment as a group of scout leaders salute the flag.
Ballpark Arrivals: An early comer, Freed Strickler had Section 20 all to himself. DownTown had the skies to himself as the mascot parachuted onto the field.
Brooks Robinson: The Human Vacuum Cleaner stands with Revolution manager Mark Mason after Robinson’s No. 5 jersey was formally retired; A fan shows of a ball signed by the former Baltimore Orioles third baseman.
Batters Up: Bats rest in their places in the Revolution dugout, as players line up to take the field for the first time.
Play Ball: Bunting waves in the wind as the scoreboard operator watches the first inning of action.
Cannonball Charlie: Jason Kreiger makes black powder rounds before the game, ahead of the ceremonial first inning discharge into the evening light.