Baseball, Baltimore, and a beautiful August day.

"Guests of a field day event sponsored by Bank of America gather in the visitor's dugout of Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

"A city skyline is shown behind the bullpen picnic area of Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

"World Series championship flags wave above the upper deck of Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

"Sun shines behind Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Today I had to walk around the ballpark to shoot photographs of some of the various party venues for publication on the Orioles’ ticketing website. 

It was pretty mundane work until I got to the press box. I stepped outside to find an absolutely incredible Monday afternoon. Perfect temperature. Perfect breeze. Perfect sky.

So, as I made my rounds, I stopped to take some shots of the stadium and the cityscape from different areas. These are a few from what turned out to be a nice series of images. For some reason, through all these years of coming to games here, I never stopped and actually observed the views the stadium offers. Some of them are incredible, especially on a day like today. 

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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.