Brand New: Petersen Sports Complex

University of Pittsburgh Panthers right fielder, Yvette Bravo #24, goes up to catch a ball on the warning track during the softball game against Louisville on First Pitch events day at the Petersen Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 9, 2011. The Panthers lost 10-3. (Copyright Jared Wickerham/wickphotography.com)

University of Pittsburgh shortshop, Derik Wilson #27, throws to first base during the baseball game against Villanova on First Pitch events day at the Petersen Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 9, 2011. (Copyright Jared Wickerham/wickphotography.com)

University of Pittsburgh Panthers soccer players Justin Boehm #5 and #6 go up for a header during the men's intrasquad soccer game on First Pitch events day at the Petersen Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 9, 2011. (Copyright Jared Wickerham/wickphotography.com)

University of Pittsburgh Panthers outfielder, Reba Tutt #22, leads her teammates in pregame rituals before the softball game against Louisville on First Pitch events day at the Petersen Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 9, 2011. The Panthers lost 10-3. (Copyright Jared Wickerham/wickphotography.com)

Holly Stevens #1 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers celebrates with teammate Keli Gaynor #8 in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the softball game against Louisville on First Pitch events day at the Petersen Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 9, 2011. The Panthers lost 10-3. (Copyright Jared Wickerham/wickphotography.com)

First off, a huge thank you must go out to my good friend, Pete Madia (http://www.petemadia.com/) for asking me to help cover a long day of shooting at the brand new Petersen Sports Complex in Oakland.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot many games covering three sports in a 6-hour period – baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer. The Petersen Sports Complex was open and free to the public for any and all events going on that day in order to introduce the new facilities. And they’re quite nice! Crispy clean backgrounds, gorgeous light, and friendly coaches and staff – what more could you ask for?!

I’ve included some of my favorites in tonight’s post. Enjoy!

Take 2: Opening Day – Pittsburgh Pirates vs Colorado Rockies

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: Fans arrive at PNC Park prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorada Rockies on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: General view of PNC Park during the Opening Day ceremonies before the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorado Rockies on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Chuck Tanner is remembered by former World Series players during Opening Day ceremonies prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorado Rockies on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tanner passed away earlier this year and the Pirates will wear a #7 patch in rememberance. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches the opening ceremonies during the Opening Day game against the Colorada Rockies on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH – APRIL 07: Jose Lopez #22 of the Colorado Rockies turns the double play on Steve Pearce #51 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the Opening Day game on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies makes a diving catch during the Opening Day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: A fan is apprehended after running onto the field during the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorado Rockies on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball down the third base line against the Colorado Rockies during the Opening Day game on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes a catch in the outfield during the Opening Day game against the Colorado Rockies on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches the game from the dugout against the Colorado Rockies during the Opening Day game on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: Paul Maholm #28 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is relieved by manager Clint Hurdle #13 during the Opening Day game against the Colorado Rockies on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 07: Troy Tulowitzki #2 celebrates with teammate Felipe Paulino #55 of the Colorado Rockies after their win against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the Opening Day game on April 7, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Finally an WARM Opening Day! And what a great gesture by the Pittsburgh Pirates to honor the late Chuck Tanner, former Pirates manager who led the “family” to a World Series championship in 1979, who passed away on February 11th, 2011 at the age of 82. Although I never was able to personally meet Chuck, he always brought a lot of joy into any room he walked into while working as an adviser for the Pirates.

What a day of hustling though. With all of the pregame ceremonies the Pirates had, I somehow managed to make a couple pictures from field level, and run (because the elevator was slow) all the way to the upper deck (something tells me there will come a year when the elevator is my only option) to shoot an overall of PNC Park.

All in all I was pretty happy with my take from the day. It’s a good feeling when you can walk away knowing that you didn’t miss any key moments and that all detail shots were covered as well. I even received a very kind email from a photojournalist from the NYC area on my images.

And to top it all off, the Pirates are .500, Cleveland has won 8 straight, and the Red Sox have the worst record in baseball. What a crazy start to the season!

Over-Heated in Cleveland

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I’ve only ever covered a couple Cleveland Cavaliers NBA games this year but both times they’ve been far from the favored team to win yet both times, they’ve won – which is pretty rare considering they’ve only won 15 games all year. When Carmelo, recently traded from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks, played the Cavs, his new Knicks team lost 115-109.

Now enter one of the biggest moves in sports history: LeBron to Miami. In James’ second trip back to Cleveland since leaving via free agency, it was quite obvious that it was still a distraction being there. How could it not have been? Despite James’ laughing with courtside ticket holders and the Cavaliers staff, people were sending plenty of gestures and words his way the entire night. People paid a pretty penny for seats close to the court where they were sure of being within earshot of LeBron. In the end, the Heat, including a healthy Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, lost to last place Cavaliers, 102-90.

HELP: Knocking The Dust Off

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As most of you can see, this thing of mine hasn’t been updated very often. I’d say I do a pretty good job of keeping up-to-date on things: news, technology, etc. But blogs are something I know absolutely nothing about. Sure, I can put a couple photos and some thoughts together and post it. But things like changing the appearance of my blog or even formatting my blog to fit my photographs correctly are things I am utterly and completely lost on. I’m not one for excuses, but I’d say that not having this knowledge has deterred me from posting on a regular basis. So, to my blogging photographer friends, any help with setting up a clean, easy to use blog would be much appreciated! In return for your help, I will post some pictures. Deal?

In other news, baseball season has started! Many friends covering sports always tell me how much they can’t stand covering baseball. I’ve always been someone who tends to over think everything and I think for that reason, I enjoy shooting baseball. It may not be action at all times like hockey or football but when it does happen, you need to be mentally ready. Knowing specific player skills, tendencies, and rituals will also help you make the best images.

Just like the baseball players I cover, it takes a few games to get back into the routine, while at the same time making sure to not become complacent – always pushing yourself to make new images and keep things fresh.

While I attempt (once more) to get into both a blogging routine, as well as my baseball one, I encourage you all to help me grow as a blogger, photographer, and a person, and appreciate all comments and criticism.

I leave you with images of mine from the (very chilly) Cleveland Indians Opening Day game against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox won in an offensive 15-10 match.

Thanks for your time!

–Jared