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. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Friday, August 5, 2011 vs. Toronto Blue Jays

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, August 5, 2011."

"Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind grounds out to second base in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, August 5, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters tags out Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, August 5, 2011 in Baltimore."

The Orioles are back in town for a ten-game home stand against Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. Here’s the box score from the first game. 

Sporadic patches of sunlight crept through the shadows through the first few innings of this game, which made for some really nicely lit shots. You can see that patchy light in the first two frames I posted here. 

There weren’t many other pictures to be made throughout the rest of the game, though. I ended up shooting about three innings worth of high definition video, which is going to be used for some new highlight reels and sequences put together by the Orioles Productions crew. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” This was the first time I’ve shot video at a baseball game. While the same shooting principles apply, video forces you to approach your shots with a different frame of mind. Rather than shooting to document a single moment in time, you’re looking for clips that’ll hold for several seconds. I found myself noticing things that I normally wouldn’t while shooting stills. 

I think it’s of the utmost importance that a photographer not just be a photographer, a writer not just be a writer, or a videographer not just be a videographer. In the fast-paced, digital-everything age we live in, the best journalist is the one who can do it all. I’m excited to see how the video looks in a professionally edited package, which I’ll be posting soon!

The Desert.

 

“A late night sky rolls across the desert landscape in Arad, Israel Wednesday, January 5, 2011.”
“The early morning sun greets a Bedouin tent and surrounding mountains in Arad, Israel Thursday, January 6, 2011.”

For me, people make Israel such a special place, not the land. That’s saying something about the people, because the landscapes throughout the country are epic and inspiring.

The country is the size of New Jersey, yet one can travel from sea to desert to mountains in hours.

The two hour drive to this Bedouin tent had infinite opportunities for photographs, yet I didn’t take a single one. I just wanted to take it all in, and it remains a bus ride I’ll never forget.

Thanks to my new friend Matt for scouting the location for the night shot. The late night and early morning light in the middle of the desert was perfect, so I had to document it. In between these two moments was a night of singing, laughing, and lots of food.