Baltimore Orioles Photography: Thursday, June 30, 2011 vs. St. Louis Cardinals

"Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy turns a double play over Cardinals third baseman Daniel Descalso in the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Baltimore."

Not much action again during this game, save a pair of good looking double plays in the ninth inning. Here was one of them. 

Cardinals’ pitching was just too good all week. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” I’m addicted to the smell of pine tar in the on deck circle.

Tony La Russa.

"St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa looks on from the dugout during an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Baltimore."

This year’s two interleague series at Camden Yards have brought two legendary managers to Baltimore. 

It was neat sitting next to La Russa as he operated. He’s both quiet and intense at the same time. He seems to have no tolerance for mistakes, however small or inconsequential they may seem at the time.

At least those were the impressions I got of him. Then again, I really wasn’t paying attention besides snapping these few frames into the dugout. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 vs. St. Louis Cardinals

"St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot turns a double play over Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game, Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Luke Scott shows the ball after robbing St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday of a home run in the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game, Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Baltimore."

The Orioles lost this first game of their interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Here is the box score

This series had a lot of hype. Baseball’s best hitter, Albert Pujols, was supposed to come to town with his team for the first time in Camden Yards history. Yet an untimely injury last week left him sidelined and left spirits rather deflated around the park. 

Tuesday was a strange game. A strong rainstorm came and caused a delay a few innings in. That delay only lasted about ten minutes, though, and by the time we had gotten upstairs to the office, the grounds crew had already pulled off the tarp. 

I had fun shooting anyway. I got to use the 400 mm lens for a few innings, which was a nice change from the usual 300 mm I shoot with. I was also lined up perfectly for Luke Scott’s spectacular display of home run robbery in the ninth inning, which I’ll post more about soon.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: It’s much easier to shoot baseball with a 400 mm lens. There’s far less room in your frame for error. That being said, I love shooting with both.

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. 

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.