Bam! Pow! Biff! Zowie!

In the comic books when the hero throws a punch and sends the villain reeling, there’s usually an impact explosion often accompanied by a visual sound effect (something along the lines of Bam! Pow! Biff! or Zowie!). It adds some excitement and enhances the action of the scene. In real life, it’s just not that way, at least not most of the time.

Several weeks ago I shot the Stockton Ports Class A baseball team in their home opener at the Banner Island Ballpark against the Modesto Nuts. I got a shot of the Ports’ Michael Choice at bat. It was a decent enough picture with the ball making contact with the bat. There was some blurred motion showing a bit of action. Choice hit a single and drove in a run.

Later I got shots of Choice’s teammate Dusty Coleman batting. He hit several foul balls and finally struck out. But on one of the fouls, a spectator sitting behind Coleman took a picture at the exact same time that I did. His flash was a burst of white flame in the middle of my picture just about where the ball should be as Coleman finished his swing. It looked like one of those impact explosions you see in the comics. All that was needed was the word “Ka-Pow” with an exclamation mark. Choice’s hit may have gotten him a RBI, but it was Coleman’s swing with a brilliant blast that, in a way, showed more action

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