Boston Red Sox Photos: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

Here are some images from last night’s Red Sox loss to the Baltimore Orioles, as well as a few selects from a brief portrait session before the game with newly voted Minor League Player of the Year, Yoan Moncada. 

More baseball tonight. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Sunday, September 18, 2011 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

"Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy warms up in the on deck circle in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, September 18, 2011 in Baltimore."

I’ve gotten the chance to go through all of my images from this weekend’s three games, and I’ve realized that I really didn’t have a great stretch shooting-wise. I managed to get some nice features, like this one, as well as some portraits, but when it came to action, I was a bit off for one reason or another. 

That doesn’t bother me much, though, which brings me to this game’s “Thing I Learned:” Like anything in life, in photography there are going to be days where you don’t shoot as well as you set out to. It’s just a part of it. I take it in stride and move on!

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.

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. 

Late June light at OPACY.

"Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy walks to the on deck circle during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game in Baltimore Wednesday, June 29, 2011."

"Sun shines through the lower concourse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis bats during the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game in Baltimore Wednesday, June 29, 2011."

"Sun shines on the warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during an interleague baseball game in Baltimore Thursday, June 30, 2011."

I wanted to make this post to wrap up my first month back with the Orioles. There wasn’t too much action during the final three games of the last homestand, which allowed me to add some stadium shots to my portfolio. 

We had absolutely perfect baseball weather, which produced some beautiful mid-summer light falling upon the stadium every evening. We really do have a stunning ballpark, and it’s these type of nights that I find myself thinking “This is really my job?”

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.

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.