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 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…

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Friday, August 12, 2011 vs. Detroit Tigers

"The shadow of Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks is shown during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, August 12, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis fields a ground ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Friday, August 12, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy dives for a ground ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Friday, August 12, 2011 in Baltimore."

The birds dropped the first of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. 

I don’t have much to say about this game. These were the only pictures that stood out, and I don’t think they’re anything too special. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” On Friday nights, I need to lighten my exposure more than I have been while shooting batters. The black jerseys are tougher to work with as it gets darker out.