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2016 Kansas City Royals Opening Day

The 2016 Kansas City Royals Opening Day was truly a unique experience this year. They celebrated their World Series victory while showing off a lot of hard work completed during the off-season. This year I set a challenge for myself. Don’t think like a photographer, think like an artist. Recently I had the opportunity to listen to a photographer that I’ve idolized for years, Joel Grimes. Grimes spoke about his years as a young photographer trying to figure out this crazy world we call photography. One of his turning points was when we realized, he wasn’t just a photographer anymore. He wasn’t someone that clicked a button and created the same technically perfect photo every single time. He started to think in much broader strokes. Although he knew the technically right way of doing things, he began to expand and try things that may not have been acceptable at the moment. He pushed the boundaries of his thought process and began to think less like a photographer and more like an artist, creating images that were more art than just a photograph. This year, and in all the years to come, it’s my goal to stop thinking like a photographer that needs to get things “technically” correct and starting creating images that are strictly for me. In this gallery of images, you’ll notice some images that are technically not correct and probably could be refined, but these photos are my double exposures created right out of the camera. On several of the images I try to pair two completely different subjects or moments to tell a story that would complement each image. It’s the first step to thinking outside the dugout and we’ll see how it goes.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

New York Mets take batting practice before taking on the Kansas City Royals.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Kansas City Royals fans wait in the outfield seating for pregame festivities to start before they take on the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Kendrys Morales puts on his cap before taking the field on Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

The Kansas City Royals World Series trophy is on display on Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Fans watch the Kansas City Royals pregame activities before the game against the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Mike Moustakas draws a tribute to his mother in the dirt before taking on the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Edinson Volquez of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the New York Mets in the first inning during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Matt Harvey of the New York Mets pitches against the Royals during Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Eric Hosmer connecting on a New York Mets pitch and Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals heading to third on the same play during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Edinson Volquez pitches against the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Edinson Volquez scoops up a bunt and throws out Juan Lagares of the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Wilmer Flores of the New York Mets fields a Kansas City  infield hit during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Edinson Volquez pitches against the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Omar Infante slides safely past the tag by David Wright of the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Alex Gordon makes it safely to third base after a hit against the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets pitching against Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Kelvin Herrera of the Kansas City Royals pitching during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Kelvin Herrera pitching against the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

After completing the out on Lucas Duda, Alcides Escobar throws to first for the double play during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Neil Walker attempts to throw the Kansas City Royals runner at first out during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Alcides Escobar completes the out at second on Eric Campbell of the New York Mets during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Wade Davis pitches against the New York Mets in the ninth inning during Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Salvador Perez dumps an ice bucket on Eric Hosmer after the victory over the New York Mets on Opening Day.

Kansas City Royals Opening Day