Photos: 2012 US Open – Day 3.

“Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[8] celebrates after defeating Guillaume Rufin (FRA) in five sets in the first round of the US Open Wednesday, August 29, 2012.”

“Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[8] serves to Guillaume Rufin (FRA) in the first round of the US Open Wednesday, August 29, 2012.”

“Steve Johnson (USA) celebrates after defeating Rajeev Ram (USA) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Wednesday, August 29, 2012.”

“Gilles Muller (Lux) throws his racquet in celebration after defeating Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)[28] in five sets in the first round of the US Open Wednesday, August 29, 2012.”

“Samantha Stosur (AUS)[7] plays against Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) on day 2 of the US Open Wednesday, August 29, 2012.”

“Kim Clijsters (BEL)[23] gives her final press conference before retiring from professional tennis Wednesday, August 29, 2012.”

Here is a selection of images from Day 3 of the 2012 US Open. Things are starting to heat up, and emotions were running high on many of the courts yesterday. I caught the tail end of a few very intense matches, including a couple five set battles. 

It was nice to get some good expression out of the players. Screams, fist pumps, and racquet throws serve as a nice break from the normal forehand, backhand, and serve photos.

Here is a link to the photo galleries from the day.

Now, on to Day 4!

Photos: 2012 US Open – Day 2.

“Juan Monaco (ARG)[10] plays Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) on Grandstand at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Tuesday, August 28, 2012.”

“Juan Monaco (ARG)[10] reacts after losing a challenge during his match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) on Grandstand at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Tuesday, August 28, 2012.”

“Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) celebrates after defeating Juan Monaco (ARG)[10] on Grandstand at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Tuesday, August 28, 2012.”

“Sloane Stephens (USA) celebrates after defeating Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[22] in Louis Armstrong Stadium at the BIllie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Tuesday, August 28, 2012.”

“Steve Johnson (USA) and Jack Sock (USA) play their first round doubles match at the BIllie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Tuesday, August 28, 2012.”

“Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) serves during her first round match at the BIllie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Tuesday, August 28, 2012.”

“Signs for the outer courts at the BIllie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York are shown Tuesday, August 28, 2012.”

Here are a few favorites from Day 2 at the US Open. I had a pretty busy day, but got to shoot some really exciting matches, including a five set battle between Juan Monaco and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Grandstand and a solid victory by American Sloane Stephens on Louis Armstrong.

Click here to check out the photo galleries from Day 2, which include lots of my shots as well as those of our photo team!

Photos: 2012 US Open – Day 1.

“Singer Jordin Sparks poses on the red carpet before ‘USTA Serves Night’ at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Monday, August 27, 2012.”

“Actor Stanley Tucci poses on the red carpet before ‘USTA Serves Night’ at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Monday, August 27, 2012.”

“Debbie Phelps, mother of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, poses on the red carpet before ‘USTA Serves Night’ at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Monday, August 27, 2012.”

“A waiter carries food in the new Red Star Heineken Bar at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Monday, August 27, 2012.”

“Julia Glushko of Israel returns a shot from Yanina Wickmayer (25) of Belarus at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Monday, August 27, 2012.”

“Yanina Wickmayer (25) of Belarus serves on Court 7 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Monday, August 27, 2012.”

The 2012 US Open is underway! Today I was hard at work getting back into tennis mode and finding my bearings at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

As usual, it was a crazy day, but loads of fun. I’m not going to write much tonight, but I’ll be shooting a ton over the next two weeks so I hope to post lots of updates.

Here are some of my images from Day 1. Additionally, click here to check out today’s photo galleries on usopen.org, which include both my photos and those of our incredibly talented team of photographers and editors.

Photo: Goucher College hosts 2012 Alumni Weekend.

“Alumni and current members of the Goucher Men’s Soccer team huddle together after their annual alumni game during Alumni Weekend at Goucher College Saturday, April 28, 2012.”

I went home to Baltimore last weekend for a quick break from Boston and to shoot the Goucher College Alumni Weekend festivities.

I really enjoyed my time home, and it was good to catch up with old friends, professors, and other various Goucher types. I was also happy to shoot something other than baseball for the first time in several weeks.  

Beantown Bound!

"Members of the grounds crew prepare the field at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, August 15, 2010 after a performance by Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band the previous evening."

When I took a tour of Fenway Park on August 15, 2010, I was in awe. I had been to games at the stadium before, but this time, I was fresh off my photography internship with the Baltimore Orioles. I had gotten a taste of working in Major League Baseball for this first time, and seeing Fenway through that frame of reference left me wanting more.

I made a promise to myself that day that I’d get there, one way or another. The proof is here, in the blog entry I posted two days after I took that tour. 

Today, I’m moving up to Boston to turn that dream into reality. I’ll be working as an Assistant Team Photographer for the Boston Red Sox for the 2012 Major League Baseball season. Working under the guidance of the team’s Manager of Photography, I’ll be photographing Red Sox home games, documenting team community outreach events throughout Boston, and assisting on photo shoots and requests for Red Sox Magazine and other team publications. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of historic Fenway Park, so we’ll be busy covering the numerous events and ceremonies throughout the season celebrating the milestone. 

I feel so lucky to have been surrounded for two seasons by an incredibly talented, hardworking, and welcoming community at the Baltimore Orioles, and I’m eager to continue to learn from those working at baseball’s highest level and to grow as a multimedia journalist. 

This position also marks a big change for me outside of work, as this is the first time in my life that I’ll be living away from Baltimore for an extended period of time. I’m really going to miss my parents and all my friends here in Baltimore, but I’m extremely excited to encounter new things in a new city. It will also be nice to be close to lots of my extended family around Boston, be with some of my oldest friends living there, and to meet tons of new ones. I’ll be living in a nice apartment in the heart of Boston, and my daily commute to Fenway Park will be an easy six minute walk. 

I’ll certainly be posting here throughout the season. I’ll have tons of thoughts and observations and I’ll have lots to say, but more importantly I’ll have a lively body of work to share with all of you. 

For all the Baltimore people, please keep in touch!

I’ll start this journey off with a view of the new “office.”

Cold Tennis.

"Goucher College junior Daniel Csete returns a shot during an exhibition tennis match against Virginia Wesleyan University Friday, March 9, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland."

I got to shoot yesterday’s tennis match between Goucher College and Virginia Wesleyan University. 

One word: Cold.

Ugly Basketball.

"Members of the Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College men's basketball teams fight for a rebound during a 'Pride of Maryland Tournament 2011' opening round game Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland."

"Members of the Johns Hopkins University men's basketball team collide during a 'Pride of Maryland Tournament 2011' first round game at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland Tuesday, November 15, 2011."

I love shooting sports, but basketball is among my least favorites. There’s something about dark, yellowy lit gymnasiums that just doesn’t do it for me. 

At its roots, it’s not as pure of a game as other sports are. Often the only thing you see through your lens are clusters of bodies falling on top of one another, or, if you’re shooting from the baseline, bodies falling on top of you. Visually, I prefer sports with simple, clean lines and great light. You’ll get a sense of what I mean if you click here or here.

For me, those are refreshing to look at after the types of events I’ve been covering lately. 

Regardless, I shoot basketball when I need to, and I can make some good images when I do. I covered the opening round of the annual Pride of Maryland tournament at Goucher last Tuesday, and I liked these two as a pair. They show the uglier side of basketball. 

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. 

During lockout, NBA players kick off Under Armour tour in Baltimore.

"Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings (left), Memphis Grizzlies point guard Greivis Vasquez, and #9 overall 2011 NBA Draft pick of the Charlotte Bobcats Kemba Walker await the start of an exhibition game to kick off the Under Armour 'Are You From Here?' tour at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland Monday, November 7, 2011."

I shot the kick off event for Under Armour‘s “Are You From Here?” tour yesterday at the St. Frances Academy school in downtown Baltimore. The tour is designed to promote NBA players’ engagement with the community while the lockout prevents them from playing. 

On the tour are Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks, Derrick Williams, the #2 overall NBA Draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kemba Walker, the #9 overall 2011 NBA Draft pick of the Charlotte Bobcats, and Grievis Vasquez, former University of Maryland star and current Memphis Grizzlies point guard. 

I’ve shot basketball before, but I’ve never seen guys move like these NBA players can. Their movements are ridiculously quick, even in a pick-up exhibition game like this one. Their athleticism is freaky. 

This was a fun event which I enjoyed shooting, despite the horrible lighting in the school’s gym. It made shooting action really tough, so I focused more on the candid moments like this one. 

Swimming.

"A member of the Goucher College swim team competes during a meet against Catholic University Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland."

I shot the swim meet at Goucher College this weekend. Here’s one I liked. It’s tough for me to get into shooting swimming, but that’s likely just because the light in Goucher’s pool is abysmal. 

I’d be curious to see what shooting is like in, say, an Olympic pool.