Chase Field is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. We recently attended the Diamondbacks 2011 Opening home game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Chase Field was built in 1998 and was the first stadium in the U.S. with a retractable roof. The stadium is air conditioned for the summer. The field has natural grass. Chase Field was originally called Bank One Ballpark until Bank One was taken over by JP Morgan Chase.
Before the game, there were a bunch of ceremonies with the players standing on the baselines, U.S. Marines honor guard and a giant America Flag in centerfield.
I snapped this panoramic as three separate exposures as I rotated the camera. Without a tripod there is some parallax distortion at the seams.
Photo courtesy of Amazing Travel Panoramics
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Open the larger image. You can zoom in on some of the detail. How many individual people can you count in the photograph? The Diamondbacks reported 47,484 paid attendance.
The camera was a Nikon D700 with a Zeiss T*2.8/25mm lens. The exposure was set to Aperture Priority mode at f/8. I normally set the camera’s exposure control to manual mode when shooting panoramics so that the density matches, but I forget to do it this time. The photos were stitched together using Photoshop CS2 Photomerge function.