Magazine Cover Photo: Nick Markakis

"Young Harris College 'Echoes' alumni magazine: Fall/Winter 2011 Cover."

Here’s my first formal magazine cover!

While I was working as a photographer for the Baltimore Orioles this summer, editors of the “Echoes” alumni magazine at Young Harris College in northern Georgia contacted me requesting photos of Orioles right fielder, Nick Markakis, for a cover story they planned to run about him. If you weren’t aware, Markakis played his college ball at Young Harris. 

Click here to see the rest of the magazine, as well as the article itself, which includes more photos. 

This is a low resolution version of the cover, so I’ll be sure to post a better image once I get a hard copy of the magazine. Regardless, this is a great addition to my portfolio!

Hopefully this will be the first of many covers to come. 

Dino.

"Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino hits a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Baltimore. The Orioles won 4-3, eliminating Boston from making the playoffs."

"Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino walks leaves the field after hitting an RBI walk off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Baltimore."

In 2009, on my last day as an intern with the Baltimore Orioles, Nolan Reimold hit an eleventh inning walk-off home run to give the Orioles a 5-4 win on the final game of the season. I remember that day perfectly. What better way to end a fantastic internship than a feel-good win to send me off?

Last Wednesday, nearly two years to the date of that last game in 2009, the Orioles again ended their season in dramatic, walk-off fashion, as Robert Andino hit a ninth inning walk-off RBI single to knock the Boston Red Sox out of the playoffs. 

I don’t want to sound old, but in all my years of playing, watching, and shooting baseball games, this is among the most memorable. The circumstances couldn’t have been scripted any better. The first shot here is Andino’s winning hit. The second is of him alone in the dugout after all the other players had cleared into the locker room. But for how much I’ll always remember that night as a whole, what happened in between these two moments is a complete blur to me. I always try to shoot without emotion, but in this case, that was just impossible. 

My celebration shots are garbage, to put it bluntly, but I was happy to capture this quieter moment in the midst of chaos. Dino has always been one of my favorites since I’ve been here. He’s not the biggest guy out there, but I’ve always loved his hustle. 

This last game’s “Thing I Learned:” It’s nights like this that make taking photos so enjoyable. 

Orioles’ Kevin Gregg visits AT&T store to sign autographs.

"Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg poses with kids during an autograph signing at an AT&T Wireless store in Pikesville, Maryland Saturday, August 13, 2011."

Player signings are always pretty straightforward, and this was no exception. 

I figured I’d post a posed shot rather than the usual candid. 

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: Saturday, August 6, 2011 vs. Toronto Blue Jays

"Baltimore Orioles usher Henry Wancowicz stands on the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a rain delay before the start of a baseball game Saturday, August 6, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Rain falls as Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino bats in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, August 6, 2011 in Baltimore."

Let’s face it: Wins feel much better than losses. After being on the wrong end of a perfect game through five innings, Adam Jones was able to lift the Orioles to a come from behind win. I had a lot of fun shooting this game, not just because of the win, but because of the weather.

Saturday was the first game I’ve been at this season to be delayed by rain, and as you can see, it was quite a storm. As the rain came down, I sat in the Orioles’ dugout, ate sunflower seeds, watched Bugs Bunny cartoons on the scoreboard, and took pictures of the rain – not a bad job I have. 

The rain continued off an on throughout the game, so I played around with some different shutter speeds as I sat there in the pit, completely soaked. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” I should have brought the rain gear out for the cameras. 

The Tribe.

"Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta looks on during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner runs toward home plate after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Cleveland Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta dives for a foul ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore looks toward home plate in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, July 15, 2011 in Baltimore."

Here are some of my impressions of the Cleveland Indians, who were in Baltimore for a four game series last week. 

Orioles’ Adam Jones visits local YMCA family center.

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones fields fly balls with kids from the Y of Central Maryland’s Journeys Camp at the Weinberg Family Center YMCA in Baltimore, Maryland Wednesday, June 29, 2011."

This caption should be something like “Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (center) fields fly balls with Adam Jones (left) and Adam Jones (right). 

The O’s center fielder visited the new YMCA facility at the site of the old Memorial Stadium last week to play some ball with kids from the neighborhood. Almost all 50 kids there were given a free Adam Jones t-shirt, which he took the time to sign individually. 

So with 50 little Adam Jones’s and one real Adam Jones running around a baseball field, I was fixated with shooting from behind to show the repetition of “Jones #10.” 

On a different note, I consider my coverage of this event a monumental success. This year, I made it out with no uncontrollable nosebleeds, a feat I was unable to accomplish at this same location last year. Here’s the bloody story

Back at it tonight.

"The sun sets behind Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore Maryland Tuesday, June 9, 2009."

I’m shooting my first Birds’ game of the season tonight! This is a view I’ve missed dearly. 

Be sure to keep checking in for photographs from this week’s Interleague homestand!

‘O’besity Awareness.

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The Baltimore Orioles hosted the 2010 Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (PLAY) Campaign event on Tuesday. Orioles Head Athletic Trainer, Richie Bancells, and Orioles Pitcher, Brian Matusz, ran a fitness clinic for local kids, and talked to them about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Besides what’s in this video, I don’t have many thoughts about the event itself. My thoughts were elsewhere.

Although I’ve covered the Orioles nearly every week this summer, I hadn’t been down on the field since Opening Day. I was thrilled to be back on grassy turf, sweating it out on a 90-plus degree day in the middle of a record-setting Baltimore heat wave.

I always find working on the field of Oriole Park at Camden Yards to be extremely soothing. The symmetry, clean lines, and vast openness of the park are an escape from the chaos that fills the rest of the city. I took a few moments to meditate on the warning track in right field.

After being out there, I’ve found myself reminiscing on all the great memories from my time with the O’s.

Baltimore Reacts.

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The other interns and I went out on Friday to get some fan reaction to the firing of Baltimore Orioles’ manager, Dave Trembley. Here’s the video Kirby Mills shot and edited. I shot stills of each of these people, which ran in the sports section of Saturday’s print version of The Sun.

Between the swarm of Boston Red Sox fans inhabiting Baltimore for that night’s game, a general lack of knowledge about or enthusiasm for the Orioles, and trodding through the city in the 95 degree heat, this assignment turned out to be a bit more difficult than I thought it would be.

Nevertheless, it was interesting to hear what people thought about the change. I think we gathered a good mix of opinions.