Baltimore Orioles Photography: Sunday, July 24, 2011 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

"Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis waits on deck in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones hits a two run home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Baltimore."

"The Oriole Bird holds an American flag during the singing of 'God Bless America' during the seventh inning stretch of a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Official Major League Baseball game balls are shown Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Baltimore."

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. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Sunday, July 17, 2011 vs. Cleveland Indians

"Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino dives for a ball in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones flies out in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

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. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Thursday, July 14, 2011 vs. Cleveland Indians

"Baltimore Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee dives for a ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones catches a fly ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Gonzales falls as he throws to first base in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

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!

Orioles’ Adam Jones visits local YMCA family center.

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones fields fly balls with kids from the Y of Central Maryland’s Journeys Camp at the Weinberg Family Center YMCA in Baltimore, Maryland Wednesday, June 29, 2011."

This caption should be something like “Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (center) fields fly balls with Adam Jones (left) and Adam Jones (right). 

The O’s center fielder visited the new YMCA facility at the site of the old Memorial Stadium last week to play some ball with kids from the neighborhood. Almost all 50 kids there were given a free Adam Jones t-shirt, which he took the time to sign individually. 

So with 50 little Adam Jones’s and one real Adam Jones running around a baseball field, I was fixated with shooting from behind to show the repetition of “Jones #10.” 

On a different note, I consider my coverage of this event a monumental success. This year, I made it out with no uncontrollable nosebleeds, a feat I was unable to accomplish at this same location last year. Here’s the bloody story

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Saturday, June 25, 2011 vs. Cincinnati Reds

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones blows a bubble after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of an interleague baseball game, Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy throws to first base in the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Baltimore."

Camden Yards certainly has an irreplaceable atmosphere, particularly on warm summer nights like Saturday when the ball flies of the bat. The Orioles lost in a slugfest in which every run recorded came off of a home run. 

Despite the loss, it was another enjoyable game for me. I’m glad I had the opportunity to shoot on back to back nights. It’s a good way to really find your rhythm. That’s part of the beauty of the Major League Baseball schedule: during homestands, it’s a daily grind, so there’s ample opportunity to build off the previous day. 

Here’s two that I thought turned out well. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” The pictures are never as good as they look on the camera screen. Don’t get too excited about what you think is a good shot until you actually see it on a real monitor.

I made that mistake with several frames from this game. 

Back to the O’s.

"Baltimore Orioles Centerfielder Adam Jones blows a bubble after hitting a home run Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland."

I was recently hired as a Team Photographer for the Baltimore Orioles for the remainder of the 2011 Major League Baseball season. My responsibilities will be similar to those I had during my 2009 internship, which you can read about here. Here’s one of my favorite shots from those days. 

I’m excited to once again work alongside and learn from the best professionals in the business. I’m poised to produce successful images, continue developing the photo archives, and do all I can to contribute to Baltimore Orioles productions. 

I’m extremely lucky to feel so energized by the work that I do. 

See you early Monday morning, Camden Yards.