I got called in last minute to shoot another Kids’ Clinic today. I got some good, energetic, spirited shots, including this one which I think I liked the most.
Not much to say about this game, except that it’s always nice when your team comes through with a really solid, strong, convincing win. The pictures are always better, and so are your spirits while shooting. Last night was full of hits, home runs, and high fives – seen above.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: During games like these with lots of runs and action, it’s good to voice tag your key photos to save you time when captioning later on. It’s something I’ve done plenty of times, but did for the first time in awhile last night.
It was great to be home in Baltimore this weekend after a long stretch of working and traveling. As an added bonus, I was assigned to cover my second Liverpool FC football match of the week, as they happened to be playing at M&T Bank Stadium when I was in Baltimore.
Unfortunately, there weren’t many action pictures to be made, as the game ended in a 0-0 draw without any real scoring opportunities for either team. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed shooting, sweating it out in the 90 plus degree heat, looking for good fan features, and, most importantly, seeing colleagues from the Baltimore area for the first time in awhile.
I hope you enjoy these few from the match!
Here’s a selection of images from Wednesday’s “Football At Fenway” friendly match between Liverpool FC and AS Roma.
Baseball and football don’t normally add up, so it was quite interesting to watch one of the world’s most iconic and historic stadiums go through this huge transformation. I think the park looked really good, and the atmosphere was completely different than it is during a normal baseball game.
I tried to keep that in mind while shooting. From a photographer’s perspective, it was actually very refreshing to have a break from baseball at Fenway Park. I was energized by it, and I roamed every inch of every corner of the stadium to capture the scene.
Coincidentally, I just spent time in England and Italy, so having these two teams in Boston served as a nice reminder dosage of British and Italian sport and culture.
Football is back at Fenway Park after a two year hiatus! As part of Fenway’s 100th Anniversary celebrations, Liverpool FC will take on AS Roma in a friendly match on the baseball field turned football pitch tomorrow evening.
Today, Liverpool took a few hours to have a light practice, appear for a few photo ops, and sign autographs for fans.
The fans at the park were amped up today, which has me really excited to shoot tomorrow. The park looks great, so I know the atmosphere will be electric and will make for some good looking, unique images.
It’s really a shame that the Sox played so poorly yesterday and got swept by the Toronto Blue Jays, because yesterday was one of those irreplaceable summer days at Fenway Park.
There wasn’t much action to cover from a Red Sox perspective, so I tried to capture the festive fan spirit throughout the park.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Bleacher seats and the Budweiser Roof Deck are the best spots to camp out and find fan features. There are some real characters up there.
Here’s a few from Friday night’s game, in what proved to be the beginning of a rough series for the Red Sox against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The show must go on for pictures, however, so I did my best to make some good images despite the bad baseball.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I Played around with the 400 mm lens for the first time at Fenway. It was nice to shoot with some longer glass and get some good, tight action shots.
I was sent out to shoot another Kids’ Clinic yesterday. I think the one I shot on Tuesday looked a bit better as far as pictures go, although I liked this image more than anything I got on Tuesday.
I think it’s a good moment. I love the expressions on all of the other kids in the background.
Click the image to enlarge, if you’d like!
Here’s a few from Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Unfortunately, anything I had originally hoped to write about this game is now overshadowed by the fact that I wasn’t working the game after this, when Cody Ross hit a walk-off home run and was showered with an icy bucket of blue gatorade as the team crowded him at home plate.
I couldn’t even bear to watch it on TV because I was so upset I wasn’t there. Talk about missing a great photo.
Oh, well. We all need a night off, right?
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Right now, it’d be wise to only take photos of Cody Ross, because he essentially hits a home run every time he steps to the plate.
I got to shoot the ‘Sox Talk’ Kids’ Clinic yesterday at a park in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Despite the 95 degree weather, I had a lot of fun. The kids at these events always make for good subjects.
It feels great to get back to blogging baseball! I shot my first game since getting home from Europe, and I caught a good, busy, exciting night to break me in.
There were several story lines from the game – celebs in the house beforehand, Kevin Youkilis returning to Fenway as a Chicago White Sox, a beautiful summer night falling over Fenway Park, and some late inning home run heroics from Adrian Gonzales to seal a Red Sox win – and I was proud of myself for getting some good shots from each of them.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Such is the beauty of roaming throughout the stadium during the game. I’m totally mobile, and can focus on several things at the same time if I choose to. That’s something one doesn’t get from shooting in the pits the entire game.
Great to return to southern Italy after not having been for five years. Sorrento is the place where I spent my summers as a boy, so it was really nice to come back and see old friends and take it all in with fresh eyes.
Here’s a few that I liked.
Now, it’s time to get back in baseball gear! Lots of new work to come from Fenway Park this week!
All images above Billie Weiss/AELTC ©2012.
It’s great to be back on the blog after a few weeks away. I’m currently in South London, where I just finished working as Photographer and Social Media editor for www.wimbledon.com at this year’s Championships Wimbledon. I was extremely lucky to have this opportunity, which came as a follow up after working as a photo editor for www.usopen.org at last year’s US Open in New York City.
I worked all thirteen days of this incredible tournament, shooting photographs of players on the practice courts, Wimbledon matches, visiting celebrities, fans, events, and features around the grounds. I wrote captions for thousands of photographs from wimbledon.com’s team of amazingly talented photographers, as well as built and published 27 galleries for the website. Additionally, I helped manage Wimbledon’s Facebook and Twitter accounts by publishing photos and galleries, responding to online comments and questions, and monitoring audience engagement and activity. In my free time (what free time?) I watched a lot of really good tennis.
Wimbledon is the most important tennis tournament in the world, so it was thrilling to be able to reach out to an audience of approximately one million Facebook fans and 300,000 Twitter followers. Working with such a huge audience, I learned how to effectively increase an online fan base, witnessed first hand how people react and interact on social media, and got a better feel for which types of content people want to see most.
It was definitely a grind over the last two weeks. It was long hours, long bus rides to and from the grounds, and long walks to the bus (complete with many terrifying encounters with some mangy looking foxes). It was being told every morning that my credential wasn’t good enough to get me into the press centre (even though it was). It was hours of sitting in the “bunker” and the same chicken, potatoes, and butternut squash dinner in the same cafeteria every night.
But it was also having access to shoot pictures of the best tennis players in the world. It was watching your photos get 5,000 “likes” on Facebook in one hour. It was exploring the pubs in Wimbledon Village. It was being on Centre Court to witness Roger Federer win his 17th grand slam, Serena Williams win her fifth Wimbledon singles title and her 13th doubles title alongside her sister Venus.
But most importantly, it was the people I met and worked with. It was an honor to work alongside a crew of talented and hardworking journalists, and I’m so happy to have made the connections I did.
Above is just a small sampling of the photo work I shot over the past two weeks. Click each photo to enlarge if you’d like. As always, thank you for reading!
Now, I’m off to Italy for some rest in the Mediterranean sun.