The Petaluma Nationals Come Home

by George Murphy on August 30, 2012

It’s been a treat to share a hometown with those inspiring kids of the Petaluma National Little League team as they found themselves thrust onto a world stage and proved to us in both victory and defeat that even 12 and 13 year olds can teach us something about greatness.  After following the team’s journey on tv, it was great to get a celebrate their return alongside my fellow Petalumans and to make some shots of the Little Leaguers in person. What follows are a few moments from the celebratory homecoming of the team as they arrived at the Marin-Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Petaluma, after their historic journey to the Little League World Series.

Decked out in their now familiar green and yellow uniforms, the Petaluma National team returned home to a heroes welcome this past Monday, after their amazing run at the 66th Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.  It was a chance to see Petaluma pride at its finest as a crowd of around 1500 enthusiastic fans and news media gathered to welcome the Little Leaguers back from their “edge-of-the-seat” challenge with Tennessee and a month on the road as they worked their way to become 3rd in the world as champions of Little League baseball.

The boy’s hero status was affirmed as they made the last leg of their journey home in a 32-foot stretch Hummer limousine escorted by motorcycles and squad cars of the the Petaluma Police department, as well as a contingent of motorcycles from the Rip City Riders motorcycle club. The motorcade, pulled into the Marin-Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon, where the boys walked a red carpet, slapped palms with the welcoming throng and took the stage one last time for some final acknowledgements. News media interviews, autograph requests and photo ops followed, before the travel-weary team finally headed home to get some well deserved rest.

Note: A few related events will continue the team’s journey through celebrity: On Friday evening (Aug. 31st) the Oakland A’s will honor the Petaluma National team during their game against the Boston Red Sox at the Oakland Coliseum. Then at 1 p.m on Sunday, Sept. 2nd, the team will be honored again with a parade through downtown Petaluma. Links to info about these events along with other media coverage of the Petaluma National Little League team can be found at the end of this gallery.

-GM

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 
 

Petaluma National Little League team returns home to Petaluma

 

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Technical Notes:
The images for this essay were shot using a Canon EOS-5D Mark III camera, using either a Canon EF 24-70 ƒ/2.8 L lens or a Canon EF 70-200 ƒ/2.8 L lens. I used an ISO of 200 so that I could hold a little extra depth-of-field when needed. When the lighting allows, I like to shoot this kind of situation with as low an ISO as possible (i.e. ISO 100) so that I will have minimal image noise and the freedom to adjust my cropping to suite the use of a given image. Don’t get me wrong…I am a big proponent of getting it right in the camera and paying attention to what’s going on around the edges of your frame while you are shooting, but I do find my crop aesthetic can vary greatly depending on what I am hoping to show in a given image. So, if it’s a situation where I don’t have the freedom to try different in-camera framings, I may compose the shot a little wide so I can have options that work for me later. With improvements in camera image quality, the noise issue as it relates to cropping becomes less and less critical. I’m very impressed with how usable the 5D Mark III images are even at very high ISO settings.

 

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