Baltimore Orioles Photography: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

"Baltimore Orioles third baseman Chris Davis prepares to field a ground ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold catches a fly ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie pitches in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, September 13, 2011 in Baltimore."

This series finale was extremely slow in the way of action, so I continued on my trend from the night before and shot the game from some new angles

This time, I went all the way up to the upper deck for a few innings for a bird’s eye effect. I think this was an impulse I had that was a result of looking at so many pictures of tennis players shot from the upper deck in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:”  The lesson here is essentially the same as the last game I shot.  Shooting sports from different angles of the stadium gives you different results. It sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s easy to get caught in a rut and shoot the same things over and over again. I like the look the upper deck provides. It makes the ordinary – an infielder getting set, an outfielder catching a fly ball, or a pitcher pitching – a more creative feel. 

Tampa Bay Rays.

"Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon flexes his muscles before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria throws to first base in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon talks with fans before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Baltimore."

Here are a few of my shots of some of the notables on the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

"Baltimore Orioles third baseman Robert Andino jumps as he throws to first base in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles second baseman Ryan Adams attempts to tag Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles right fielder slides into second base in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Baltimore."

Yesterday I hopped off the bus at Penn Station in Baltimore and headed straight to Oriole Park to shoot the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. I can’t remember beginning any other day shooting at the top of the Empire State Building and ending it shooting a professional baseball game in Baltimore. 

After looking at so many pictures over the past two weeks, I was excited to be shooting again, and I got some frames I was really happy with. I was only gone for two weeks, but it felt like I hadn’t missed a day. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” I left the photo pits and shot action from the concourse for the first time this season. We’re at the point where we’ve only got a handful of games left, so I want to mix things up and shoot from some different angles. I’ve shot from above before, but I was reminded last night that it’s important to get some different looks, especially when you shoot the same thing day in and day out. Shooting from above really accentuates a baseball field’s clean lines.