Here’s my first formal magazine cover!
While I was working as a photographer for the Baltimore Orioles this summer, editors of the “Echoes” alumni magazine at Young Harris College in northern Georgia contacted me requesting photos of Orioles right fielder, Nick Markakis, for a cover story they planned to run about him. If you weren’t aware, Markakis played his college ball at Young Harris.
Click here to see the rest of the magazine, as well as the article itself, which includes more photos.
This is a low resolution version of the cover, so I’ll be sure to post a better image once I get a hard copy of the magazine. Regardless, this is a great addition to my portfolio!
Hopefully this will be the first of many covers to come.
I’m here at the yard for the last day of my second year as a photographer for the Baltimore Orioles. What can I say? It was another amazing summer consumed by two of my favorite things in life: photography and baseball.
I did a lot this year. Since I got here in mid-June, I shot 30 home games. I also traveled with players to various community outreach events throughout Baltimore City and County. Many of my photographs were published in this year’s third edition of Orioles Magazine, as well as several Baltimore newspapers and community publications. I also worked tirelessly on the Orioles photography archives, which are in the ridiculously long process of being categorized and converted to digital format. Over these past several months, I scanned, in their entirety, the files of 60 players dating back to 1954. In total, I scanned over 4,000 images, but likely closer to 4,500. I also fulfilled image requests from other departments, local media outlets, and other teams throughout the league.
It’s a little bittersweet now that it’s over. I love every second of being out there on the field right where the action is, and for me, shooting the games never gets old. At the same time, though, this job is intense, and can be extremely time consuming. Needless to say, I’m excited for a bit of a break after lots of hard work. I also know that I won’t miss much action during the offseason (besides the annoying sound of the scanners next to my computer all day long.)
What I will miss, of course, are the people who make this such an incredible experience for me. I owe my most sincere thanks to Todd Olszewski, the team photographer, for calling me back this year, imparting his photo expertise on me, and constantly inspiring me with his work. I also owe thanks to all the photographers I work alongside at each game for making work such an enjoyable place to come to every day, and for their advice and wisdom about this profession.
I’m not quite sure what’s next, but I know something great will come up. Until then, here’s to two seasons!
I’ve been waiting all season for one of these to happen. Go figure it took me until game 161 to get it. I wish the bat had broken more, because I was all over this at-bat. This doesn’t look like much as far as broken-bat shots go, but I’m still happy I got one.
Here’s my first video work published for the Baltimore Orioles. This video ran on the scoreboard at Camden Yards between innings throughout the last month of the season.
I owe a special thanks to Ben Epstein of Orioles Productions for his killer editing of this reel. Not all of the clips that appear in this video are mine, but most of them are. It’s a combination of footage I shot handheld with my Canon 7D and footage shot by the television camera crew.
As for what to look for, I shot about every photo that appears in the opening montage, and my video clips have a more handheld look and play with focus and depth of field a lot more. I’d say they make for about 80% of the video.
It feels great to have gotten some video published this season, and it was always wild to see my own work up on the scoreboard during games.
I’ve gotten the chance to go through all of my images from this weekend’s three games, and I’ve realized that I really didn’t have a great stretch shooting-wise. I managed to get some nice features, like this one, as well as some portraits, but when it came to action, I was a bit off for one reason or another.
That doesn’t bother me much, though, which brings me to this game’s “Thing I Learned:” Like anything in life, in photography there are going to be days where you don’t shoot as well as you set out to. It’s just a part of it. I take it in stride and move on!
Again, there wasn’t much high action to be shot during last Saturday’s game, so I fooled around a bit and tried to look for something new.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” After I take pictures of whoever is singing the National Anthem before each game, there’s always an awkward minute or two where I’m caught behind home plate with nothing to do but wait for the anthem to be over. So, this time I decided to make myself useful and try to make another picture to avoid yet again standing on the field doing nothing but awkwardly staring at the ground.
There wasn’t too much action from this game. Sometimes, that’s just the way baseball is.
I was very happy with this photo, though.
This time, I went all the way up to the upper deck for a few innings for a bird’s eye effect. I think this was an impulse I had that was a result of looking at so many pictures of tennis players shot from the upper deck in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” The lesson here is essentially the same as the last game I shot. Shooting sports from different angles of the stadium gives you different results. It sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s easy to get caught in a rut and shoot the same things over and over again. I like the look the upper deck provides. It makes the ordinary – an infielder getting set, an outfielder catching a fly ball, or a pitcher pitching – a more creative feel.
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.
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 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.
The legendary documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, came to speak at The Sun newsroom for the second time in several years.
He discussed his upcoming documentary, “The Tenth Inning,” a sequel to his successful 1994 documentary, “Baseball.” He also shared his thoughts on the most pressing issues that currently pervade Major League Baseball.
It was difficult to narrow this video down because everything he said was extremely insightful and well-delivered. It was a pleasure listening to his opinions, and I was impressed by his knowledge of the game and his ability to provide specific dates and statistics.
Here’s some highlights from his talk.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation hosted the Badges for Baseball summer camp today at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland. The mentoring program, which teaches life lessons through baseball, brings law enforcement personnel together with underprivileged children.
This assignment was quick, straightforward, and exactly what I expected. Because the success of an event depends so greatly on the PR put out by those involved, answers for interviews tend to be rather generic or obvious.
I think that was noticeable with this assignment, and that’s why I had the most fun talking to the kids.
They were candid.
The two boys from Houston just kept babbling about the plane ride to Baltimore and Bill Ripken’s floppy hat, for example.
The Baltimore Orioles have fired Manager Dave Trembley, and will announce Third Base Coach Juan Samuel as Interim Manager in a press conference later today.
Here is a slide show that Kirby Mills and I put together, with analysis by The Baltimore Sun’s Orioles Insider blogger, Dean Jones Jr.
Follow The Baltimore Sun for continuing coverage of the firing, both in print and online. Check back later to see fan reaction to the latest Orioles’ moves.