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|| News Item: Posted 2013-01-11

Remembering 2012 - Brad Mangin
From spring training to the World Series

By Brad Mangin

Photo by Marc Levine/New York Mets

Photo by Marc Levine/New York Mets

Brad Mangin posing with mascot Mr. Met on the field before the game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at Citi Field on September 10, 2012.
I learned so many things in 2012 that helped make it a very special year for me. My friends and my work, combined with my love for baseball and the San Francisco Giants joined forces to make 2012 one of my favorite years in memory.

My year started with a wonderful few weeks covering spring training in Arizona where I got to spend time with some great friends and learn how much fun it was to shoot pictures with my favorite new camera: my iPhone 4s. I spent my days covering the Cactus League for Sports Illustrated and shooting fun pictures with my phone that I turned into instagrams. I spent my nights hanging out with my good friends, and my new favorite umpire, swapping stories about baseball and life.

Because of my iPhone I was seeing the world in a whole new way. The game of baseball looked beautiful as a series of colorful squares and I was hooked. I couldn't wait for the regular season to start so I could continue shooting the game I love in the Bay Area with both my Canons and my iPhone.

By the time the regular season opened in April I felt like I was shooting baseball for the first time ever, through the lens of my iPhone and the square format of Instagram. I started looking at everything with a fresh set of eyes from the moment I walked onto the fields in Oakland and San Francisco about three hours before each game. It was like I was a newborn photographer, seeing things for the first time.

I was naturally drawn to the dugouts, where I found many baseball-related pieces of equipment that made for good pictures. By the time the players came and sat in the dugouts before the games, I was ready to try to capture them getting ready. I felt pretty strange not using my Canon DSLR, just shooting with my iPhone. I eventually became more comfortable and started getting some pictures of the ballplayers that I liked.

Shooting Instagrams kept me fresh and excited as I covered one of the most exciting baseball seasons ever in the Bay Area. With contending teams playing in both Oakland and San Francisco there was never a dull moment covering the A's and Giants. It was a great time to be a baseball photographer.

Fast-forward to October and both our teams were in the postseason and playing exciting games. By the time Halloween arrived my Giants were parading down Market Street in San Francisco celebrating their second World Series Championship in three years with their fans. From the first pitch of spring training to the last bit of orange and black confetti falling on the ground on October 31 I was there to see it all, and record it all with my cameras.

Thanks 2012- it was a great year!

Brad Mangin is a freelance photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is one of the co-founders of Check out Brad’s work at his Sports Shooter member page:

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