Third place (chosen by judge Joe Kashi): “Pre-game Blues” was taken by Mike Hancock, of Soldotna, at the ball fields off K-Beach Road on April 19. “The park looked as if trying to emerge from a blanket of winter sleep to soon shake it off and become active with sluggers and fans again. You can almost hear the crack of a fly ball and the roar of the crowd.” Judges’ comments: The very soft light feels like spring. The shot has very strong contrast at bottom, good sharpness in the reflection and an almost geometric look imposed on a very soft area, which the soft light tends to accentuate. It’s soft where you would expect it to be hard because of the light.