Baltimore Orioles Photography: Saturday, July 16, 2011 vs. Cleveland Indians

"Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Alfredo Simon pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Saturday, July 16, 2011 in Baltimore."

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.  

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Friday, July 15, 2011 vs. Cleveland Indians

"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Friday, July 15, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters throws to first base in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Friday, July 15, 2011 in Baltimore."

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. 

Burns on Baseball.

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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 Ripken Way.”

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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.

Trembley Fired.

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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.

All-Stars.

"Towsontowne Recreation Council baseball players shake hands Saturday, May 22, 2010 during introductions for the 9-10 age group All-Star Game."

I went to the Riderwood Elementary School yesterday with Thomas, my best friend and long time baseball teammate. We wanted to attend the dedication of one of the fields there, which was renamed to honor Bruce Winand, a well-known Towsontowne Recreation Council coach and administrator who passed away several months ago.

I played with his son, Garrett, on several teams during my baseball days.

My expectations for the day couldn’t have been more wrong.

Rather than the quiet, reflective ceremony that I imagined, the dedication was full of smiles and humor. The Rec. Council held the dedication right before the start of the 7-8 and 9-10 All-Star games, so there was a huge crowd of players, coaches, friends, and families. Weather reports called for rain, yet it was a beautiful sunny day.

This was a celebration.

As I stood on the pitcher’s mound, surrounded by smiling little-leaguers, I couldn’t help but think back to my playing days. It seems like just yesterday that I was out there running up the first base line after my name was announced during introductions. I’ve spent the past day reminiscing on all that the game has taught me and replaying all the incredible memories in my head.

This kid’s face says it all, I think.

How Bout Them O’s?

I was the Photography Intern for the Baltimore Orioles for the entirety of the 2009 Major League Baseball season.

My primary responsibility was to photograph game action during Orioles home games as well as various Orioles events and community programs. I also scanned, edited, and keyworded thousands of photographs from the Orioles archives. Some of the photos date back to 1954. The collection, which is comprised of over 500,000 photographs, is being converted to digital format and stored in an easily searchable database.

This internship was ideal for me. I played baseball at a serious level from when I was five until my first year of college. I also grew up an Orioles fan and spent my summers watching and going to their games. Photography is one of my passions and I hope to incorporate it into my career in the future. Needless to say, the opportunity to combine baseball and photography, two of my biggest loves, was incredible.

I was extremely lucky to work under Todd Olszewski, their team photographer. I’ve learned countless lessons from him about photography technique, both in live action and controlled situations. Additionally, I’m grateful that he let me use his highly advanced (and expensive) equipment, both for the internship and personal projects I’ve worked on.

During home games, I sat in the photo pits on the field next to professional photographers whose work I grew up studying and admiring. It was an honor to work alongside them, and I’m very lucky to have learned from them and have fed off their enthusiasm as well.

I shot about fifty home games and countless other events during my time there, so I’ve got thousands of photos. Here are five of my favorite action shots.