Major League Hopeful

© Jay Soldner

Major League Hopeful

Uploaded: June 13, 2005 09:25:56


f/8, 1/250, 70-200 (at 80mm)

High school senior Wil Pujols, a first cousin of Albert Pujols, hopes to play big league ball. Wil was drafted by the St.Louis Cardinals.


Susan L. Vasquez June 13, 2005

Fantastic portrait! I can see the drive and determination in his eyes. I just read about this young man the other day in our local paper :) #262700

Janet Williams June 13, 2005

Yes this is a really powerful image with lots of emotional impact. The angle and perspective add to the determined 'no-messing-with-me' feel to the picture, as does the menacing sky in the background. Great image, well done. #1464792

Lori Carlson June 13, 2005

Wow Jay! You did awesome with this! :0) It's everything you could want in a photograph! :0) #1465381

Terry L. Ellis level-classic June 13, 2005

I agree with what the others have said, Jay! It is very dramatic! #1465584

Jay Soldner June 13, 2005

Thanks for all of your compliments, sometimes on a sports feature assignment the subject understands the image a photographer is trying to convey. This young man seemed to understand exactly what I was after - and he gave a look of determination and dedication that cannot be contrived, all I did was push the buttons ;->. Also, God helped out beyond my hopes with the pre-storm sky. #1465705

Wendy Jones June 13, 2005

This is a wonderful shot! I agree with all of the other comments. #1466433

Tiffani S. LaNeave June 13, 2005

This is excellent Jay....absolutely incredible!! #1466919

Christy C. Snodgrass June 13, 2005

Great shot Jay! The sky & angle sure add to the drama. Really speaks of emotion. excellent job! #1467137

Susan L. Vasquez June 14, 2005

Jay..I really thought this image looked familiar! Now I know why :)
I was at one of my favorite restaurants and saw this on the front page of The Pitch. Must be exciting to get paid to do what we all love!
I love the image even more here, the sky makes it so powerful.
Are you around KC then, or did you just come here to do the shoot? #1471316

Ken Grooms July 15, 2005

Field of Dreams!

Great shot! #1596387

Susan L. Vasquez July 22, 2005

Hey Jay! Congrats on the finalist :) #1623594

Kathy Shogren July 24, 2005

Congrats Jay on this wonderful finalist. Great lighting. Good luck with this one. #1631872

Terrill Province August 20, 2005

Hey Jay, this is a winner in my book! #1742812

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