Blue Jays 10, Orioles 4 (Sunday September 6, 2015).

I ruined the film.

(more on that later)

Yesterday, we went to see the Toronto Blue Jays play the Baltimore Orioles at the SkyDome.

We hadn’t attended a game all season and for weeks had been saving the last-weekend-before-going-back-to-school surprise for our kids.

It was a hot, hot, hot day.  We had no shade.  We melted.

The Jays won – yay!

During the eighth inning, a pop-up fly ball off the bat of my son’s favourite player (Troy Tulowitzki) was hit our way.

I warned my youngest daughter beside me that it was coming at us quickly and then, at the last second, instinct took over and I stood up to catch it with my bare hand.

When I realized what I had done I shouted like a caveman.

After receiving celebratory high-fives from the friendly crowd around me, I turned to face my family so that I could triumphantly hand over the ball to my ecstatic kids, but instead I was greeted with tears.

It turns out that a rather large gentleman who had not moved all game — and who was separated from me by the seats occupied by the rest of my family — had at some point developed the curious notion that he had a chance at getting the same pop-up ball that now lay in my hands …by diving across my family for it.

He ended up on the pavement of course, but not before “body-slamming” (my wife’s description) my kids.

To his credit, he apologized.

However, the remaining last inning was spent consoling my eldest daughter who had taken the bulk of our seat-neighbour’s considerably forceful blunt impact.

Afterwards, we laughed.

So back to the film and the images on it…

I messed up.  Twice.  Once when assembling the reel and tank and then again when I was developing.

In my fatigue and hurry last night to get the film developed and hung to dry for scanning today, I committed two rookie mistakes and lost more than half of the role.  The surviving images (those that weren’t damaged) were manipulated heavily during scanning and post-processing to get anything to show up.

I lost some potentially very nice images.

On top of it all, I was testing Undisclosed Lens #3, so I sort-of jinxed its debut.

Enough of words!

Here are the (surviving) images from our fateful September 6, 2015:

Blue Jays Orioles 1

Blue Jays Orioles 2

Blue Jays Orioles 3

Blue Jays Orioles 4

Blue Jays Orioles 5

Blue Jays Orioles 6

Blue Jays Orioles 7

Blue Jays Orioles 8

Blue Jays Orioles 9

Blue Jays Orioles 10

And now one digital image, taken this morning…

(the cause of all the craziness yesterday)

Blue Jays Orioles 11 - game ball

There was even more craziness on the way home, but those images appear to be totally lost.

I’ll see if I can save any of them, but as you can tell the image quality was progressively deteriorating towards the end of the roll.




9 thoughts on “Blue Jays 10, Orioles 4 (Sunday September 6, 2015).

  1. mewanchuk says:

    Regardless of how you got here, a fantastic series full of character and memory!!

    (Glad is everyone is okay…and not too, flat).



  2. andygemmell says:

    Wow…what a day at the ball game!! Hope your daughter wants to go back after experience! Ive no doubt you will after displaying your sporting talent.

  3. It goes to show that you don’t need a 600mm lens to take great photos at a baseball game. These are great. They communicate what it’s like to be at a game. Most sports photos don’t do that – they focus on capturing the players, not the ‘holistic’ experience.

    Oh, and congratulations on the ‘trophy’. 😉

  4. Pi says:

    Way to go Peter

  5. Michael F says:

    I’m really loving your shots from this “ruined” roll of film, what a unique look these photos have with a ton of character. That first shot looks like it’s from a different era entirely. I’m a HUGE jays fan, and I love the unique little moments you managed to capture at the game. I never would have thought to bring my camera to a game. This is also a huge coincidence – I was at the game last Tuesday versus Cleveland and I too caught a Tulowitzki foul ball with my bare hands, no joke! I’m still shocked about it haha

    • That’s too funny! Maybe we need to get some t-shirts printed up and start a club… the “I caught a Tulo fly ball barehanded” club.

      About the first shot looking like it’s from a different era — that was exactly my thought when I first saw it.

  6. Nice story Peter!

    I agree with Michael – the ‘ruined’ film has taken on a lot of soul and character that seems to suit the day and the memories perfectly! I’m sorry you lost photos, but those you salvaged look great.

    Any consolation, I did the same thing with six sheets of 4×5 a couple of weeks ago. Rookie mistake after not developing my own film in months. I feel your pain!

    Props on these pics, love ’em.

    • Thanks James! I know that even ruined film shots will always tug at my heartstrings more than the best digital images I could possibly create, so it’s nice to see others sharing that sensibility.

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