I had a bit of trouble editing this set of images down, so what you see here is a hodgepodge of different types of shots I got from Sunday’s game.
I enjoyed fooling around with still life, and focusing on the small, everyday objects of the game: balls, helmets, bats, etc.. I’ve got a few more that I was happy with. I think overall, my group of shots from Sunday mostly tell a story about the Orioles’ dugout.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” I was thinking along the same lines as I was during the previous game. There’s a lot going on off the field, so I continued to keep that in mind while shooting.
Hundreds of kids running around a baseball field. Enough said.
This game was so slow for the Orioles that I ended up only saving about 50 images total. There was essentially no action to shoot whatsoever, so I fooled around a bit and shot some things that I normally don’t.
This frame of Markakis is nothing special, but visually, it’s the most exciting thing I got from the night. I also wanted to post it to prove that I didn’t just take pictures of fans all game.
I got lucky, though, and caught a few nice moments with kids sitting in sections near the outside first base photo pit.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” It’s important to remember that there’s a lot going on besides what’s happening on the field. It doesn’t hurt to look behind you from time to time.
I shot this autograph signing in York last Friday. It was a quick and easy job, and everything went surprisingly smoothly.
It’s difficult to get too creative with these types of events. Most of the shots end up always looking like this.
There’s no question about it: Terry Francona has established himself as one of baseball’s most successful managers.
But after sitting next to him for the majority of the game last Wednesday, I learned that his in-game eating habits are like none other. He’s a machine. He went through packs and packs of seeds, gum, tobacco, bars, and bottles of water. It’s also obvious that dugout cleanliness is not one of his priorities, nor is that of the photo pits.
Here’s the mess that I was sitting in while shooting all game – and this doesn’t even show the real mess he made under where he was standing. Those pink things you see? Those are mysterious globs of chewed gum and tobacco mixed together. And, at one point, he actually spit some seed shells on my leg. Nice, right?
Here’s Jonathan Papelbon and his trademark staredown of the batter.
Click the photo to enlarge if you’d like.
This entire week has been disgustingly hot, and last Wednesday was no exception. There’s nothing like a 12:35 p.m. baseball game right at the peak of a 105 plus degree day.
I was drenched in sweat within five minutes of shooting, but I was happy with what I got.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” On days like this, seek the spot closest to the dugout to catch a draft from the huge blowing fan.
Despite playing until 2 a.m. the night before and arriving to Baltimore four hours later, the Red Sox outslugged the Orioles to begin this three game series. I don’t have much to say about this game except that it was quite frustrating to watch.
These two shots compliment each other nicely, I think.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” The Boston Red Sox are really, really good.
We’ve officially reached the dog days of summer. This day game against the Indians was hot – so hot that I somehow managed to leave the game with a tan line around my left eye from my camera eyepiece.
95 degree plus heat can be pretty draining, but I always feel a larger sense of accomplishment after those days, particularly when I come out with good pictures. So as I sat there sweating profusely and periodically leaning into the dugout to catch a hint of air conditioning, I managed to get some nice shots.
I’m still kicking myself over this Andino frame. I had the feeling that the ball would be hit his way, so I sat on him throughout the whole at bat. Sure enough, when it did go his way, I was ready to shoot it. It turns out I was a bit off with my focus, though, so although this photograph is sharp, I know it could have been even sharper. I was happy with this compressed bat-on-ball shot of Adam Jones, so I posted that as well.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Take an extra second to be absolutely sure that your shot will be in focus. I tend to set my focus too quickly and assume that the auto-focus will take care of the rest.
Here are some of my impressions of the Cleveland Indians, who were in Baltimore for a four game series last week.
This was likely the slowest and fastest game I’ve ever shot. A low scoring pitchers’ duel, this game moved quickly and was over by 9:30 p.m., yet was extremely dull from a photo standpoint. There was hardly any action to shoot, so pitchers made most of my pictures.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Sometimes, baseball is a game that, on nights like these, can give a photographer a remarkably lackluster set of photographs.
The night before I shot this, a Major League Baseball game ball authenticator sitting next to me near the Orioles’ dugout pointed out that the next hit recorded by Nick Markakis would be the thousandth of his career.
So here it is – number 1,000.
The Orioles weren’t able to rally to win this one. Here is the box score.
Friday night games are always fun. Bigger crowds bring more energy and, usually, more excitement to the games. As a shooter, I certainly feed off more crowd involvement. It makes me wonder what it’s like to have that day in and day out for 81 plus games a season.
Some nice light fell on the Orioles’ dugout early in the game, which comes through nicely in this image of Nolan Reimold. I had to post this frame of Matt Wieters as well just because it’s so similar to the shot I made in 2009, which is still used on all kinds of Orioles advertising and promotions.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Eating sunflower seeds while shooting is a great idea.
Back at it last night for the start of a long post All-Star break homestand. The Orioles started it off with a loss to the Indians.
There wasn’t much action to shoot throughout this game, but I did manage to make a few good frames. I also used my own Canon 7D as my primary camera last night. That’s what happens when you forget to bring your other camera’s charger up from the pit and it sits outside for two weeks. The Mark II’s batteries were dead, and water-logged chargers don’t work so well, so I’ve switched temporarily to my own body until our new charger arrives.
It’s funny how my 7D seems so slow after using the Mark II so much.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Don’t forget your gear on the field!
I wanted to make this post to wrap up my first month back with the Orioles. There wasn’t too much action during the final three games of the last homestand, which allowed me to add some stadium shots to my portfolio.
We had absolutely perfect baseball weather, which produced some beautiful mid-summer light falling upon the stadium every evening. We really do have a stunning ballpark, and it’s these type of nights that I find myself thinking “This is really my job?”