Baltimore Orioles Photography: Sunday, June 26, 2011 vs. Cincinnati Reds

"Baltimore Orioles second baseman Blake Davis scores off a Nick Markakis single in the third inning of an interleague baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy tosses to second base in the seventh inning of an interleague baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz (left) and teammates stand during the singing of 'God Bless America' during the seventh inning stretch of an interleague baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Baltimore."

The O’s took the rubber game of their interleague series against the Reds yesterday. 

You never know what kind of conditions you’ll get for a day game. Yesterday, when the sun was out, shots looked blown out, and when the sun was behind the clouds, everything looked dry and flat. This inconsistent lighting called for tedious and repetitive exposure adjustments throughout the game. 

Regardless, I was happy to update my portfolio with some crisp frames of the players the Orioles have acquired since I was last there. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Using the camera’s microphone while shooting to record game information accompanying important images saves considerable time and energy when captioning later on. I don’t shoot for a wire, so there’s no urgent deadline, but I’m going to start recording regardless. Should a time come when I actually need to, I’ll be ready. 

Dusty Baker.

"Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker looks on during an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Baltimore."

I had to get one shot of good old Dusty Baker while he was in town. 

Here he is, chewing his toothpick as usual. 

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. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Friday, June 24, 2011 vs. Cincinnati Reds

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters tags out Cincinnati Reds' first baseman Joey Votto at home plate in the 12th inning of an interleague baseball game, Friday, June 24, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles pitcher Koji Uehara pumps his fist after recording the final out in the 11th inning of an interleague baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Friday, June 24, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee celebrates after hitting a walk off home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th inning of an interleague baseball game, Friday, June 24, 2011 in Baltimore.

"Baltimore Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee is surrounded by teammates after hitting a walk off home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th inning of an interleague baseball game, Friday, June 24, 2011 in Baltimore."

Back at it at the yard and it feels so good. 

It certainly took me a few innings to get my timing and rhythm back, but like anything one does over and over again, shooting truly is like riding a bike. I felt comfortable by the third inning. 

I couldn’t have asked for a better environment for my first game back. The Cincinnati Reds made their first ever visit to Camden Yards for a 1970 World Series rematch, the stadium was nearly sold out, and the Orioles won in dramatic fashion after a twelfth inning walk off home run by Derrek Lee. There were even fireworks after the game. 

Be sure to keep checking in here throughout the rest of the season! I’m going to post at least one photograph from every game I shoot, and hopefully some from the other assignments I get sent on as well.

I’m also going to include a “Thing I Learned” section from each game I cover so that my skills as a shooter keep improving. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Don’t get too excited during walk off wins. It’s better to focus on one subject and get a great reaction shot rather than to try shooting everything that’s happening on the field at once.