Peanuts and Cracker Jacks

Baseball is by far my favorite sport to shoot. I enjoy the atmosphere of the stadium and being around to watch the game with or without a camera. Of course, while shooting any sport, a shooter is tasked with always being aware and trying to anticipate the next play – but with baseball it’s different. By playing close enough attention you can really deduce where the highest likelihood a play is going happen on the field. Man on 1st and 3rd? Ground ball to shortstop? Checks at 3rd and hopes for the double play…all that time I am singled in on 2nd base for the high impact moment. There are tons of these sorts of variations of plays that the players and photographers and calculating at the same time. Though baseball is considered a slow game, for a photog it is an almost impossibly fast game if not anticipated correctly.   

These photos are from the first couple games that I covered this Spring.

Andrew Mitchell

Spring Break 2015 - Port Aransas, TX

When I was in college, spring break meant I could pick up a few extra shifts at work. Now that I work full time, work means that I sometimes go to spring break. Corpus Christi and Port Aransas are a couple of destination spring break locations along the Gulf and this week I was able to spend a few hours each day documenting parts of it. These are just a few from the #springbreak2K15 action I covered– and no, that is not a real fighter jet, but only a really neat kite I wish I owned. 

Andrew Mitchell

Sea Turtle Release

Definitely one of the most fun assignments I’ve had while in Corpus. One by one more than 200 rescued sea turtles were released back into the Gulf of Mexico. The turtles had been found earlier in the month after cold water temperatures rendered them immobile, a condition caused by their inability to regulate their body temperature. This assignment also served as a fun lesson of learning on the job: if you live and work near the beach, always carry a spare pair of swim shorts in your car. Just in case.

Funeral for a 13-year-old

Alex Torres was shot and killed January 13 when he went to answer a knock at the front door of his grandparents home in Corpus Christi. The family allowed my presence at both the funeral service and burial. There was an overwhelming amount of grief and agony in the air the entire day, and though I have covered a couple of tragic funerals in the past, none were quite as emotional as this.
During these sorts of assignments I try my hardest to keep my frame count low and shoot only when I think I need to shoot, and that is always a fine line a photojournalist must walk.
No suspects have been arrested in the death of Alex Torres.

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