Baltimore Orioles Photography: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 vs. Boston Red Sox

"Boston Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro turns a double play in the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta pitches during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds fields a ground ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Darnell McDonald looks on during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Baltimore."

This entire week has been disgustingly hot, and last Wednesday was no exception. There’s nothing like a 12:35 p.m. baseball game right at the peak of a 105 plus degree day. 

I was drenched in sweat within five minutes of shooting, but I was happy with what I got. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” On days like this, seek the spot closest to the dugout to catch a draft from the huge blowing fan. 

Summer On The Gunpowder.

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In light of the outrageously high temperatures in Baltimore over the past few months, The Sun has been running a weekly series of Summer related features. One of the many things I’ve learned from this internship is that videos focusing on extreme weather conditions pull in lots of page views.

The latest installment was this piece, a profile on a windsurfing instructor and his youth water sports camp. Hal Ashman has been teaching windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, and stand up paddleboarding to kids ever since he founded his Ultimate Watersports camp 25 years ago.

I went out to the banks of the Gunpowder River in Maryland to spend a day at the camp and collect footage for this piece. My “work” there called for shooting while standing barefoot in the river, riding around in a motorboat, and talking to kids all day.

It’s interesting to note the differences in the editing process depending on how tight the deadline is. I shot this two weeks before it was to be published, so I had more time to craft the piece. It went through many steps and changes, a luxury one doesn’t have when the video has to be finished as soon as possible.

It was a pleasure reporting with Mike Catalini, who wrote the article which will run tomorrow. I’m thankful for his graciousness and guidance, and I learned a lot from working alongside him. I also owe thanks to Kevin Richardson and Chris Assaf, the editing gurus, for their suggestions and fresh eyes.

Heat Wave.

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Temperatures rose well into the upper 90’s yesterday in Baltimore, marking the official first day of Summer.

The extreme temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week.

We got sent out to report on how people were coping with the heat. After walking around a nearly deserted Charles Street, we decided to head to the Inner Harbor.

It was a bit difficult to find a compelling angle for this story. The facts are straightforward: it’s Summer and it’s hot outside.

But, on hot days when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.

We talked to four people that were on the job at the harbor. This video came together as a sampling of how the heat affects (or doesn’t affect) the downtown workplace.