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. 

Goucher Men’s Lacrosse advances to second consecutive Conference championship

"The Goucher Men's Lacrosse team lines up during the National Anthem before the start of the Landmark Conference semifinal vs. Susquehanna University at Goucher College Wednesday, May 4, 2011."

"Goucher defender Paul Taylor '11 (left) and Susquehanna midfielder Ryan Oakes '11 battle for possession during the Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse semifinal at Goucher College Wednesday, May 4, 2011."

"Sophomore defenseman Bryce Carson shoots on goal during the Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse semifinal at Goucher College Wednesday, May 4, 2011."

The Goucher Men’s Lacrosse Team defeated Susquehanna University 11-3 this afternoon to advance to the Landmark Conference championship game for a second consecutive year. Here‘s the full story. 

This was the first time I shot lacrosse this season, so it took the first half of the game for me to shake the rust off. But once I got my timing back, the shooting went well and I made a solid group of images. I liked these three. 

I rented a 400mm f/2.8 lens for the game, so it was a treat shooting with a real lens, for once. I’m a firm believer that a photographer can make great images regardless of his or her equipment, and not having big lenses available all the time has without a doubt made me a better photographer. There’s no denying, though, that a bona fide lens makes shooting a lot more fun. 

Be sure to check back for photographs from the championship game this coming Saturday, May 7. Let’s hope for a repeat.