I’ve gotten the chance to go through all of my images from this weekend’s three games, and I’ve realized that I really didn’t have a great stretch shooting-wise. I managed to get some nice features, like this one, as well as some portraits, but when it came to action, I was a bit off for one reason or another.
That doesn’t bother me much, though, which brings me to this game’s “Thing I Learned:” Like anything in life, in photography there are going to be days where you don’t shoot as well as you set out to. It’s just a part of it. I take it in stride and move on!
I’m happy with these four images. They make a good set to close out a long homestand that consumed my life for the past ten days.
I have to say, though, I was a bit distracted at yesterday’s game. It’s difficult to stay completely focused after spending many consecutive days at the stadium, particularly as the season progresses and the games for a team not in contention begin to mean less and less.
But even so, I managed to get some shots that I’m pleased with.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Don’t let your brain go to mush at the end of a long home stand.
The birds dropped the first of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.
I don’t have much to say about this game. These were the only pictures that stood out, and I don’t think they’re anything too special.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” On Friday nights, I need to lighten my exposure more than I have been while shooting batters. The black jerseys are tougher to work with as it gets darker out.
I wanted to make this post to wrap up my first month back with the Orioles. There wasn’t too much action during the final three games of the last homestand, which allowed me to add some stadium shots to my portfolio.
We had absolutely perfect baseball weather, which produced some beautiful mid-summer light falling upon the stadium every evening. We really do have a stunning ballpark, and it’s these type of nights that I find myself thinking “This is really my job?”
Not much action again during this game, save a pair of good looking double plays in the ninth inning. Here was one of them.
Cardinals’ pitching was just too good all week.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” I’m addicted to the smell of pine tar in the on deck circle.
The O’s took the rubber game of their interleague series against the Reds yesterday.
You never know what kind of conditions you’ll get for a day game. Yesterday, when the sun was out, shots looked blown out, and when the sun was behind the clouds, everything looked dry and flat. This inconsistent lighting called for tedious and repetitive exposure adjustments throughout the game.
Regardless, I was happy to update my portfolio with some crisp frames of the players the Orioles have acquired since I was last there.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Using the camera’s microphone while shooting to record game information accompanying important images saves considerable time and energy when captioning later on. I don’t shoot for a wire, so there’s no urgent deadline, but I’m going to start recording regardless. Should a time come when I actually need to, I’ll be ready.
Camden Yards certainly has an irreplaceable atmosphere, particularly on warm summer nights like Saturday when the ball flies of the bat. The Orioles lost in a slugfest in which every run recorded came off of a home run.
Despite the loss, it was another enjoyable game for me. I’m glad I had the opportunity to shoot on back to back nights. It’s a good way to really find your rhythm. That’s part of the beauty of the Major League Baseball schedule: during homestands, it’s a daily grind, so there’s ample opportunity to build off the previous day.
Here’s two that I thought turned out well.
This game’s “Thing I Learned:” The pictures are never as good as they look on the camera screen. Don’t get too excited about what you think is a good shot until you actually see it on a real monitor.
I made that mistake with several frames from this game.