Fever Pitch

(image looks a lot yummier in lightbox, click to view)

I’d toss this up there with one of the most unique skies you’d ever see in Arizona. A gorgeous sunset, wispy, high cirrus…and then some dark, menacing storm clouds hanging low over the city, a tiny bit of sprinkling rain hitting our heads.

This is another installment of Movie Title Wednesday, one that had quite a few options to choose from. But believe it or not, Field of Dreams and The Sandlot have already been used since I started this thing back in September! There are a ton of great baseball movies, but the one I choose is a flick I really enjoyed.

Fever Pitch stars Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. Barrymore…I’ve loved her since E.T. I always liked Fallon from his days on SNL, but this movie kind of raised him up a bit more for me. And now he hosts his own late show and it’s friggin’ hilarious.

The film itself was just a fun one. Yeah, it’s kind of your standard romantic comedy, but it has something unique about it that not everyone probably knows.  The plot revolves around the Boston Red Sox of course and Fallon’s character’s infatuation with them. When they started filming the movie, they had no idea the Red Sox would win the World Series that year. In fact, the original end of the movie was written with them losing yet again.

But they won. They broke the curse. So the plot changed too…hurriedly re-written after Boston won Game 7. And it made for an awesome ending. When Fallon and Barrymore are seen celebrating on the field at the end of the movie, they were actually at Game 4 when Boston beat St. Louis and supposedly you could see some of the filming live on the Fox broadcast. When I watch the movie, it almost has a kind of historic feel to it now because it revolved around this real-world event.

I’d definitely put it up there with The Sandlot and Field of Dreams as my favorite baseball movies, although I did love The Rookie too.

About the picture above. I think photographers can honestly say that luck can be a huge factor when composing certain scenes. I mean, here I am running around the rooftop of this parking garage firing away at everything because the sky was simply amazing…and after being there 25 minutes, I stumble across the spot above and have roughly 30 seconds to setup and snap the brackets before the sun disappeared from its absolutely perfect position.

Which is what I dig. When out stormchasing or racing to find a great spot for a sunset, sometimes a little luck comes in handy.

For the out-of-state-ers, this is Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks looking east along Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix. This was shot about 10 minutes or so before the other one I’ve posted from this parking garage called Seventh Heaven.

(canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/16, iso 100)

  • http://www.chriskenison.com Chris Kenison

    Wow, amazing shot, Mike!

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    That sky is incredible Mike, even for you. Love the sunburst as well.

  • http://www.heathercaptured.wordpress.com Heather

    And the crowd goes wild!!!! Nice!

  • http://www.ScottFrederickPhotoBlog.com Scott Frederick

    awesome dude! Nice capture and the sun setting right in the corner, nice!!!

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  • http://www.rav3nstudios.com Chris Nitz

    Now that is one awesome sky! Fabulous work as always!

  • http://Www.ryoungfoto.com Rick Young

    Loved this when I saw it on your CPU last week. Perhaps the best shot of the old BOB.

  • http://photoninjas.com Jason Hines

    Great colors. You’ve gotta love Arizona for the sky.

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    Wow, that is something special. The star burst, the winding building on the right, the charter rich cloud handing above the city. You name it, this is awesome!

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Just beautiful Mike! Love the position of the sun and the clouds looming overhead! Awesome!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Amazing clouds, and the sunburst is so perfect in the corner of that building…nice one!

  • http://ramblings.chriswray.net Chris Wray

    Nothing compares to an Arizona sunset! Great composition, lighting, framing…the works. You’re a master. I enjoy learning from you. Hope we can do a photo walk when I’m in PHX in June.

  • http://www.markblundellphoto.com Mark Blundell

    Thats great – really like the purple tinge to the clouds and set of with eh stadium it really works a treat Mike.

  • http://www.mylifeinhdr.com Tom Baker`

    Love the shot – but man you could have went with Major League, which would have been fitting due to a certain crazy Winner out there.

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    Great shot, as usual! As a Red Sox fan, the title, along with your write up, brought me back to 2004. Thanks!