95% Dumb Luck: Photographing Baseball with Jim Bryant

Seattle Mariners' Adrian Beltre, right, breaks up a double play attempt by Detroit Tigers' second baseman Placido Polanco in the seventh inning of Major League Baseball game in Seattle on Sunday, July 6, 2008. ©2008. Jim Bryant Photo. All Rights Reserved

Seattle Mariners’ Adrian Beltre, right, breaks up a double play attempt by Detroit Tigers’ second baseman Placido Polanco in the seventh inning of Major League Baseball game in Seattle on Sunday, July 6, 2008. ©2008. Jim Bryant Photo. All Rights Reserved

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Photographer Jim Bryant has been shooting sports for longer than many of us have even been alive, and he believes that good baseball photography is 5% being there and 95% dumb luck. Jim, who is well into his 60s, still has perfect 20/20 vision and is typically assigned to photograph the Mariners.

Originally from Columbus, Georgia Jim first got into photography when he would watch his stepfather develop and contact print his 4 x 5 Speed graphic negatives in the kitchen of their home. Today, he totes around three cameras and some very big glass. His job typically entails getting the shots and transmitting the images to the wire services quickly.

 

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