How Bout Them O’s?

I was the Photography Intern for the Baltimore Orioles for the entirety of the 2009 Major League Baseball season.

My primary responsibility was to photograph game action during Orioles home games as well as various Orioles events and community programs. I also scanned, edited, and keyworded thousands of photographs from the Orioles archives. Some of the photos date back to 1954. The collection, which is comprised of over 500,000 photographs, is being converted to digital format and stored in an easily searchable database.

This internship was ideal for me. I played baseball at a serious level from when I was five until my first year of college. I also grew up an Orioles fan and spent my summers watching and going to their games. Photography is one of my passions and I hope to incorporate it into my career in the future. Needless to say, the opportunity to combine baseball and photography, two of my biggest loves, was incredible.

I was extremely lucky to work under Todd Olszewski, their team photographer. I’ve learned countless lessons from him about photography technique, both in live action and controlled situations. Additionally, I’m grateful that he let me use his highly advanced (and expensive) equipment, both for the internship and personal projects I’ve worked on.

During home games, I sat in the photo pits on the field next to professional photographers whose work I grew up studying and admiring. It was an honor to work alongside them, and I’m very lucky to have learned from them and have fed off their enthusiasm as well.

I shot about fifty home games and countless other events during my time there, so I’ve got thousands of photos. Here are five of my favorite action shots.