A broken bat shot.

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters breaks his bat in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Baltimore."

I’ve been waiting all season for one of these to happen. Go figure it took me until game 161 to get it. I wish the bat had broken more, because I was all over this at-bat. This doesn’t look like much as far as broken-bat shots go, but I’m still happy I got one. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Saturday, September 17, 2011 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters stands on home plate during the National Anthem before the start of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero jokes before the start of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

Again, there wasn’t much high action to be shot during last Saturday’s game, so I fooled around a bit and tried to look for something new.

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” After I take pictures of whoever is singing the National Anthem before each game, there’s always an awkward minute or two where I’m caught behind home plate with nothing to do but wait for the anthem to be over. So, this time I decided to make myself useful and try to make another picture to avoid yet again standing on the field doing nothing but awkwardly staring at the ground. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 vs. Chicago White Sox

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters walks toward home plate after a mound visit in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones bats in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Baltimore."

"A woman walks through the left field upper concourse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Wednesday, August 10, 2011."

"Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn and center fielder Alex Rios warm up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles teammates congratulate left fielder Nolan Reimold as he runs toward home plate after hitting a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011. The Orioles won 6-4."

Nolan Reimold lifted the Orioles to an extra innings win on Wednesday, hitting a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox. 

I had a great night shooting from start to finish, so that’s why I’m posting this many photos. I’ve been noticing the sunlight a lot as of late, so these are some variations on some of the other images that I’ve made recently.

Most importantly, though, this was the first walk off finish I’ve been at in which I’m truly satisfied with my celebration shots. This time, I stayed calm, didn’t try to shoot too many things at once, and came away with a nice set of images. It also helped that the players, particularly Robert Andino, went overboard with their reactions. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” The camera I shoot with delays if you fire off too many shots in a row. Towards the end of the dog-pile at home plate, I wasn’t able to shoot any more because all the previous frame I had snapped didn’t load fast enough. So, next time I have to shoot that many frames, I’ll make sure to pace myself.  

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!

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Friday, July 15, 2011 vs. Cleveland Indians

"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Friday, July 15, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters throws to first base in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Friday, July 15, 2011 in Baltimore."

The Orioles weren’t able to rally to win this one. Here is the box score.

Friday night games are always fun. Bigger crowds bring more energy and, usually, more excitement to the games. As a shooter, I certainly feed off more crowd involvement. It makes me wonder what it’s like to have that day in and day out for 81 plus games a season. 

Some nice light fell on the Orioles’ dugout early in the game, which comes through nicely in this image of Nolan Reimold. I had to post this frame of Matt Wieters as well just because it’s so similar to the shot I made in 2009, which is still used on all kinds of Orioles advertising and promotions. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Eating sunflower seeds while shooting is a great idea. 

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.