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See a pro photog's beautiful Instagram view of baseball

Veteran Sports Illustrated photographer Brad Mangin captures MLB's more intimate moments in these cool shots from his Instagram account that have been turned into a book.

Brad Mangin's book comes out in late April.
Brad Mangin

San Francisco Bay Area photographer Brad Mangin -- a veteran shooter of baseball games and other sporting events for Sports Illustrated -- uses a high-powered dSLR for most of his work, but turned to an iPhone and Instagram to capture a more personal view of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. His upcoming book, "Instant Baseball: The Baseball Instagrams of Brad Mangin," features many sights only a pro photographer would have the chance to observe. The book comes out in late April.

"Sure there were many pros who laughed at me and gave me a bad time [for using Instagram]," Mangin told Crave, "but that slowed down when people started seeing my pictures -- and especially in July of 2012 when Sports Illustrated published 18 of them (including this picture) across six pages in the magazine."

With Major League Baseball's opening day coming this weekend, Crave explores Mangin's special view of America's favorite pastime in the gallery below, which includes behind-the-scenes images from spring training all the way up to the World Series, plus a few extras. Yeah, it's a grand slam.