Baltimore Orioles Photography: Sunday, August 7, 2011 vs. Toronto Blue Jays

"Baltimore Orioles third baseman Josh Bell dives for a ground ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, August 7, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista waits on deck in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, August 7, 2011 in Baltimore."

Yesterday was a rather uneventful game to wrap up a three game series against the Blue Jays, save two of the longest home runs I’ve ever seen hit by Orioles’ now first baseman Mark Reynolds. 

Here are two frames that I liked. Jose Bautista has quite a beard. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” I shot a few more innings of high definition video, so I built off of the footage I shot on Friday. 

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. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Friday, August 5, 2011 vs. Toronto Blue Jays

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, August 5, 2011."

"Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind grounds out to second base in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, August 5, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters tags out Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, August 5, 2011 in Baltimore."

The Orioles are back in town for a ten-game home stand against Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. Here’s the box score from the first game. 

Sporadic patches of sunlight crept through the shadows through the first few innings of this game, which made for some really nicely lit shots. You can see that patchy light in the first two frames I posted here. 

There weren’t many other pictures to be made throughout the rest of the game, though. I ended up shooting about three innings worth of high definition video, which is going to be used for some new highlight reels and sequences put together by the Orioles Productions crew. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” This was the first time I’ve shot video at a baseball game. While the same shooting principles apply, video forces you to approach your shots with a different frame of mind. Rather than shooting to document a single moment in time, you’re looking for clips that’ll hold for several seconds. I found myself noticing things that I normally wouldn’t while shooting stills. 

I think it’s of the utmost importance that a photographer not just be a photographer, a writer not just be a writer, or a videographer not just be a videographer. In the fast-paced, digital-everything age we live in, the best journalist is the one who can do it all. I’m excited to see how the video looks in a professionally edited package, which I’ll be posting soon!