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!

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.