Lessons learned the hard way

I learned a valuable lesson on Monday while shooting the IHSA Class-AA Seneca Regional Championship—trust my instincts!

The game was close throughout with Wilmington leading 1-0 until the sixth, when they took a 2-0 lead. Heading into the seventh and final inning Wilmington pitcher Ty Anderson had a no-hitter going and my gut said to move from my spot on the third base line to the first base line.

I had a feeling he was either going to throw the no-no or strikeout the final hitter and give great reaction toward his dugout on the first base side.

I played a dozen different game-ending scenarios in my head and they left me to stay where I was.

He lost the no-hitter and shutout, but struck out Coal City’s slugger to end the game with the tying run on third.

His reaction, you ask? A few Tiger Woods-esque fist pumps and a good scream—all while facing the first base side. I came away with an OK side/back angle, but nothing I wanted to use in print.

I lost some sleep over not moving, but so goes life. Another game and another chance will come.

With that said, here’s an interesting blog entry by Alex Garcia of the Chicago Tribune on the most common mistakes made by photographers. I would add instinct on it now.

© 2010 Jerry Burnes/Free Press Newspapers

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