El Hombre

Back in September we went up to the ATL to see the St. Louis Cardinals (woohoo!) beat up on the Atlanta Braves…sadly enough, it ended up being the other way around.  It was a great trip even if for just the weekend.  I always enjoy watching the Cards play and it’s a much closer drive than St. Louis…even though I’d like to see what their new stadium is like.

The man in this photo is Albert Pujols…the one relatively stable and reliable constant the Cards have had in recent years.  He’s also arguably one of the greatest players in the game right now…if not ever; both on and off the field.  He’s a man of dignity and character – probably one of the few guys in baseball who is actually worthy of his salary. He’s also got a pretty great organization going on that he and his wife founded in 2005 – the Pujols Family Foundation…this just a quick blurb from their home page.  Check it out and drop ’em a donation if you’d like.

The Pujols Family Foundation exists to honor God and strengthen families through our works, deeds and examples. Since beginning this foundation in 2005, we have sought to help those living with Down syndrome here at home and to improve the lives of the impoverished in the Dominican Republic. Along the way, God has blessed us richly, and for those of you who have been a part of that journey we offer our gratitude.

Anyway, here’s the shot…

This is Pujols hitting, I believe, one of his doubles that night.  It was processed from 3 exposures from 1 RAW.  I want to go back and fiddle with the tonemapping again in the future as I think some of the colors are WAY too bright…particularly some of the shirts of some of the fans.

Enjoy and have a great day!

  • Camera: Nikon D90
  • Lens: Nikon 55-200mm
  • Focal Length: 125mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Exposure Bias: 0.0
  • Shutter: 1/250s
  • Aperture: f/6.3

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