Luke Scott robs Matt Holliday of ninth inning homer.

"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Luke Scott brings back a home run from St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday in the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Baltimore."
"A crime scene body outline with Baltimore Orioles left fielder Luke Scott is shown on the left field wall at Orioles Park at Camden Yards Wednesday, June 29, 2011. The image was drawn the day after Scott's home run saving catch against St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday."

Here’s a before and after of Luke Scott’s catch in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game. Check out the highlight here!

One of the other players created this masterpiece the next morning, but it was taken down before the game that night. If I had to guess, I’d say either Felix Pie or Adam Jones was the mastermind behind this operation.

The photo I took of the body outline was tweeted on Birdland Insider. If you’re on Twitter, check out the post here!

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 vs. St. Louis Cardinals

"St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot turns a double play over Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game, Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Baltimore."
"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Luke Scott shows the ball after robbing St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday of a home run in the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game, Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Baltimore."

The Orioles lost this first game of their interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Here is the box score

This series had a lot of hype. Baseball’s best hitter, Albert Pujols, was supposed to come to town with his team for the first time in Camden Yards history. Yet an untimely injury last week left him sidelined and left spirits rather deflated around the park. 

Tuesday was a strange game. A strong rainstorm came and caused a delay a few innings in. That delay only lasted about ten minutes, though, and by the time we had gotten upstairs to the office, the grounds crew had already pulled off the tarp. 

I had fun shooting anyway. I got to use the 400 mm lens for a few innings, which was a nice change from the usual 300 mm I shoot with. I was also lined up perfectly for Luke Scott’s spectacular display of home run robbery in the ninth inning, which I’ll post more about soon.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: It’s much easier to shoot baseball with a 400 mm lens. There’s far less room in your frame for error. That being said, I love shooting with both.

Surf And Turf.

"Outfielder Luke Scott prepares Surf and Turf at the Baltimore Orioles Cookoff Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at the ESPN Zone in Baltimore, Maryland."

I learned last year during my time with the Orioles that shooting events at ESPN Zone is never easy. Poor lighting, hazy, reflective backdrops, and awkward seating arrangements make it difficult for photographers.

It was more of the same on Wednesday at the second annual Baltimore Orioles Cook-off. This was the first time I shot still photographs for The Sun rather than video.

Having way more experience with photo than with video, and having covered events like this daily last year, I knew exactly what to expect and what types of shots to get.

This frame ran with Rob Kasper’s article covering the cook-off. The Sun also put up a photo gallery on their website with some of my other shots from the event.

Personally, I wasn’t happy with my results. Everything looked way too yellow. Shooting with a Nikon D2X after only ever shooting with Canon equipment didn’t help me, but in the journalism field, there’s no room for excuses.

The photos still ran and the Director of Photography said he was impressed and would be using me more this summer.

That’s all I needed to hear.