Figure 2.20. This true telephoto shot can be mimicked in Photoshop.

Figure 2.21 represents a combination of best possible/worst possible scenario. On the plus side, I managed front row seats next to the dugout on the first-base side for this professional baseball game, and I was armed with an awesome 14-megapixel pro-level digital camera. Unfortunately, when the action started, I had a 28mm non-zoom lens mounted on the camera. So, I ended up with a "big picture" view that took in most of the infield and rendered the players a lot smaller than I would have liked.

Figure 2.21. A great seat and a short lens provide this "big picture" view.

Figure 2.21. A great seat and a short lens provide this "big picture" view.

Yet, because I had enough megapixels to play with, I was able to crop the photo and get the result you can see in Figure 2.22. It's not the best action picture, but it packs a lot more excitement than the original grab shot.

Figure 2.22. Cropping the image provides a telephoto effect.

Figure 2.22. Cropping the image provides a telephoto effect.

For an absolutely worst-case scenario, check out Figure 2.23, which shows the view from the cheap seats at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, with a box drawn around the view I wish that I'd had. Fortunately, the rowdy gang of kids I'd brought with me couldn't tell the difference between these seats and the $40 Lower Box accommodations, so it was money better diverted to hot dogs, even if my photo opportunities suffered.

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