A few from NYC

"A bus drives through Times Square in New York City, New York Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"People sit on the subway in Brooklyn, New York Friday, August 26, 2011."

"A father and his children walk toward the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Friday, August 26, 2011."

Whenever I come to New York City from Baltimore, I’m always taken aback by how much is going on. There’s so much energy and excitement here, and while there’s a lot that happens in Baltimore, there’s really no comparison. 

Here’s a few miscellaneous shots from my first days here. 

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Nadal, Fish among many stars to appear at 2011 ‘Taste of Tennis’ event in New York City.

"Rafael Nadal poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Tommy Haas poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011.

"Fernando Verdasco poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Mikhail Youzhny poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Janko Tipsarevic and his wife, Biljana Sesevic, pose for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Gilles Simon poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"James Blake poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis eventl at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Vera Zvonareva poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Mardy Fish and his wife, Stacey Gardner, pose for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

After a bit of last minute planning, I got to shoot the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in Manhattan last Thursday night on behalf of the very hip tennis fashion and style blog, Tennis Served Fresh. An opening celebration of sorts as we gear up for the 2011 US Open, Taste of Tennis brought the world’s best tennis players and chefs together for a night of cooking, partying, and plenty of photo opps. Be sure to check TSF for a full report of the night’s activity.

This was the first time I’ve shot a red carpet event, although this carpet happened to be green. It was exactly like what we see on television at these types of occasions: hordes of photographers packed together like sardines for two hours screaming at famous people to look their way. 

I was beat by the end of it, but it was extremely exciting to be there. It’s exhilarating to be so close to so many tennis players my own teammates and I have watched throughout the years. 

Thank you to Nick McCarvel for allowing me to shoot for him, and to Ben Snyder for making the connections!

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US Open Time!

"Novak Djokovic prepares to hit a forehand in the first set of a match against Rafel Nadal during the BNP Paribas Open in Palm Springs, California Thursday, March 18, 2010."

*In lieu of the so-called “Bolt” Bus arriving in Baltimore an hour late, and the so-called “Free Wi-Fi” they advertise not working at all, I’m posting what I wrote during that ride now that I’m settled here in New York.* 

I’m currently on Interstate 95 en route to 33rd and 7th Ave. in New York City, where I’ll be for the next three weeks. I was hired as a Seasonal Photo Editor for the usopen.org media team for this year’s US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York!

I’ll have a better idea of what exactly it is I’ll be doing after tomorrow’s orientation, but I know that I’ll be editing, correcting and keywording images shot by the US Open team of photographers. I’ll also be writing captions, creating galleries, and updating the tournament website every day.

I really don’t know what to expect. I’ve never been to this tournament before, I’m not familiar with the tennis media world, and I’ve been surrounded by nothing but baseball for the past several months. I also don’t know what I’ll be able to post on this blog throughout the tournament, if anything at all.

As you can see, I don’t know much at all. The only thing I’m absolutely sure of is that I’m ridiculously excited. This will be a great opportunity to make new connections, get more professional experience under my belt, and add to my portfolio. It’ll also be interesting to compare the professional tennis world to the more familiar world of professional baseball.

Here’s a frame I shot last year in California of world number one ranked Novak Djokovic, who I predict will be this year’s champion.

My work starts bright and early tomorrow morning, so, here we go!

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Earthquake trembles warehouse at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

"Clouds form over the warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Here’s my account of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that was just felt up and down the East Coast:

I was sitting at my desk in the Warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards scanning photographs from the 1960’s of former Orioles’ player Dick Brown, when we felt some shaking coming from upstairs. We work in a warehouse, so this type of noise is commonplace. The noise quickly got louder and louder, though, until the entire building was shaking violently. It was at that point when I heard the receptionist scream “Everybody out!” and we knew that was the cue to go. 

Everyone evacuated quickly and calmly, and we were out of the building within seconds. As we waited outside, nearly everyone was on their smartphones, tweeting, texting, and calling as word quickly spread that there were reports of the tremors as far north as Toronto. 

It was incredible to see how rapidly the Twitter world exploded! Within seconds there were reports coming in from all over the world. Behold, the power of social media. 

Feel free to share your experiences here if you’d like. 

Baseball, Baltimore, and a beautiful August day.

"Guests of a field day event sponsored by Bank of America gather in the visitor's dugout of Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

"A city skyline is shown behind the bullpen picnic area of Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

"World Series championship flags wave above the upper deck of Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

"Sun shines behind Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Today I had to walk around the ballpark to shoot photographs of some of the various party venues for publication on the Orioles’ ticketing website. 

It was pretty mundane work until I got to the press box. I stepped outside to find an absolutely incredible Monday afternoon. Perfect temperature. Perfect breeze. Perfect sky.

So, as I made my rounds, I stopped to take some shots of the stadium and the cityscape from different areas. These are a few from what turned out to be a nice series of images. For some reason, through all these years of coming to games here, I never stopped and actually observed the views the stadium offers. Some of them are incredible, especially on a day like today. 

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Baltimore Orioles Photography: Sunday, August 14, 2011 vs. Detroit Tigers

"Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino turns a double play in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, August 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Craig Tatum slides safely into second base in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, August 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and third baseman Mark Reynolds collide after miscommunicating on a fly ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, August 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy jumps as he throws to first base in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, August 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

I’m happy with these four images. They make a good set to close out a long homestand that consumed my life for the past ten days. 

I have to say, though, I was a bit distracted at yesterday’s game. It’s difficult to stay completely focused after spending many consecutive days at the stadium, particularly as the season progresses and the games for a team not in contention begin to mean less and less. 

But even so, I managed to get some shots that I’m pleased with. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Don’t let your brain go to mush at the end of a long home stand.

Detroit Tigers.

"Detroit Tigers right fielder Magglio Ordonez bats during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, August 12, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera spits after striking out in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, August 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, August 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland walks towards the dugout in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, August 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

Here are my visual impressions of the Detroit Tigers. I’m glad I got shots of Verlander, Cabrera, and Leyland while they were in town. 

Baltimore Orioles host Nickelodeon Day.

"A Spongebob Squarepants mascot poses for a picture at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Sunday, August 13, 2011."

Uh, no comment. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Saturday, August 13, 2011 vs. Detroit Tigers

"Baltimore Orioles third baseman Josh Bell throws to first after fielding a ground ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, August 13, 2011."

This game was just about as slow as the Hall of Fame ceremony before it. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Ummmmmm, hmmm…