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Why the Back Row of a Baseball Stadium is a Photographer's Dream

By Greg Goodman -- July 19, 2012 11:42 AM EDT


Forget field level; the "cheap seats" are the best place to watch or photograph a baseball game. In the upper deck, there always seems to be a special sense of camaraderie amongst fans, with far more across-the-seats high-fives and celebrations than down below. Sure, my father sometimes brought binoculars to Mets games so we could actually see the action close-up, but it never detracted from the overall experience of a day at the ballpark. Plus, we didn't have to move during rain delays!

My Baseball Stadium Fisheye Tour

As my Baseball Stadium Fisheye Tour photographic series has evolved, I have come to realize that the back row also affords the best all-encompassing view of the stadium.

Most baseball stadiums have some sort of architectural flair on the roof that makes an incredible border for a photograph. It's also the only place you can get the entire field, horizon, skyline, clouds and streets beyond the stadium's walls in one image.

How to Capture it All in One Photograph

As a baseball stadium is usually round - or close to it - a fisheye lens' 180 degree view is the perfect way to get everything in one photograph. The majority of images in Baseball Stadium Fisheye Tour were shot using a Nikon 10.5mm lens at f/2.8.

Wide angle lenses also work well, though they don't get quite as much in and lack the rounded look that is a staple of my series.

Admittedly, lugging my dSLR and lenses to a baseball game gets heavy. So, for those who want to get the shot with a point and shoot, I suggest creating a stitched panorama. Many new cameras have the functionality built in, and there also are many programs that can do it for you. Just don't forget to photograph the roof!

Right, Center or Left Field?

When I attend a baseball game at a new stadium, I usually spend the first three+ innings running up and down stairs. From left field to center and right, my goal is to take a fisheye and wide angle photograph from every possible viewpoint.

In my experience, shooting from directly behind home plate provides a timeless and all-encompassing stadium shot. However, for something more unique I always climb to the very back corner seats in right and left field.

This post's photograph is of San Francisco's AT&T Park was taken from the very last seat in right field, and is a prime example of why this is my favorite place to capture a baseball stadium. Even if you're not taking a photo, it's worth a visit just for the view.

About the Author:

Greg Goodman is a lifetime New York Mets fan, photographer and world traveler. He chronicles his journeys -to baseball stadiums and international destinations alike - in the digital magazine of his life: Adventures of a GoodMan.com.

For more of his MLB photography, visit:

Baseball Stadium Fisheye Tour - the full photographic series

Epic Baseball Road Trip - 5 stadiums in 5 days and 1,260 miles


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