A return to normalcy.
After a hectic week of planning for the 100th Anniversary game, it was really nice to come in on Saturday to a slow, easy day and a regular Saturday night game.
Even though the Red Sox blew a 9-0 lead and sent Red Sox Nation into an early season panic, I really enjoyed shooting this game. I perched in the Monster Seats for a few innings, and had some great conversation with some very interesting people as I shot.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Make friends with the right fans. It’ll help you out sometimes.
Last Friday, Fenway Park celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary with an elaborate pre-game ceremony followed by a game against the New York Yankees. The game itself was quite anticlimactic, ending in a pretty bad loss for the Red Sox, but that was definitely overshadowed by the magnitude of the milestone this ballpark had reached.
I was honored to be a small part of the day, and I was thrilled to witness this important moment in baseball history. Johnny Pesky, Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Doerr, Jim Rice, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, and Terry Francona were just a few of the over 200 Boston Red Sox alumni from all generations that were on hand to celebrate at Fenway. What a sight.
I shot the pre-game ceremony from the first base photo pit, and had a blast. It’s easily one of my best memories from my time working in baseball.
And as chaotic and busy as the day was leading up to the ceremony, I learned a lot about the logistics of shooting big-time events like these. There’s lots of planning that goes into organizing a huge corral of pro photographers on hand, and being part of that planning process was a valuable experience for me.
There’s so much more I could say, but I think I’ll let the images do the talking. Click the photos to enlarge, if you’d like! And, check the Boston Red Sox Facebook Page to view their Timeline cover photo shot by yours truly.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this milestone, the ceremony, the recent Red Sox performance, these photos, or anything else!
The last several days have been a whirlwind for baseball in Boston, so I’m just now finding the time to post everything I’ve documented recently. I apologize for the delay!
I’ll start with these images from last Thursday, when Fenway Park welcomed all fans in for an open house in honor of the 100th anniversary celebration planned for the following day. I think it was a really neat idea, and it certainly provided lots of opportunities for good pictures.
It was an extremely busy day in which I found myself shooting nonstop from 9 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. To keep sane between photographing autograph session after autograph session, I went out periodically and shot features. The interactions between people, both young and old, and the architectural elements of Fenway itself, made for the most interesting photos, so that’s what I tried to focus on.
Here are a few from the day. Click the photos to enlarge, if you’d like!
Last night was rough for Red Sox Nation. What started out as a close game quickly took a turn for the worst, ending in an 18-3 rout by what looks to be a very strong Texas Rangers ball club.
So, for a Red Sox photographer whose job is to capture the team and the environment in the most positive light possible, that score made for a long night. Obviously, there was no Red Sox action on the field to shoot, and my usually lively fan photos were anything but that. And how can I blame the fans? It was painful to watch.
The only option left was to hunt for generic, stock images of the stadium – ones that could be used for any type of publication or in any situation. I was happy with these two.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Find the security guards who take an interest in photography and who are most willing to help you out, and shoot near them. I’m quickly learning the spots where I can work with a “personal bodyguard” of sorts near me at all times.
Here’s something that rarely happens: A professional baseball game that begins at 11:05 in the morning. Such was the case yesterday in order to accommodate huge crowds in town for the annual Boston Marathon.
It was highly entertaining. I wasn’t aware that so many people could drink so much alcohol before noon. The whole stadium was particularly rowdy.
The game itself was very slow, and there really wasn’t much action to shoot. Sometimes baseball is like that. I did like these two action frames above, though, as well as the two stadium shots.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: The NESN television camera deck hanging behind home plate is a great spot to shoot from. It provides both great views of the entire ballpark (see picture #1 above) and clean sight lines to shoot infield action. I also fooled around with a LensBaby for this first time (picture #2), which I’ll definitely continue to use as the season goes on.
This was a very entertaining, high energy game overall. A 4:05 start made for some incredible light as the evening progressed, and I was really happy with the body of pictures I took away from this game. And, the Sox brought out the bats and put together a huge win.
My game-time responsibility for the Red Sox is a bit different from that of the Orioles. I’m still there to document game action, but rather than sitting in the photo pits all game, I’m roaming around the stadium, shooting action from different angles and finding nice Fenway Park feature photos. It’s taken a bit of getting used to, and it’s certainly more challenging.
This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Pulling back and shooting wide for big, celebratory moments is really effective. The player’s reactions juxtaposed against the crowd’s reaction can make for some really exciting images. I think the one of David Ortiz pointing towards the sky, shown above, achieves that effect somewhat successfully.
Opening Day at Fenway Park: A moment I’ve long been waiting for, and it fulfilled my every expectation. The energy throughout the stadium was booming, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to begin the season in Boston.
What’s more, the Red Sox opened up this homestand with a solid win.
As I did after each game I shot last season, I’ll continue to post one “Thing I Learned” from each game I document this year. This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Navigating through Fenway Park when it’s full of people is incredibly inconvenient. I found myself a bit frustrated after two innings of fighting my way through throngs of drunken fans. Such is the nature of the ballpark, though, and I’ve quickly learned to embrace it!
More to come soon!
Happy Opening Day!
More Fenway prep work shots today. It seems like paint in its many stages was something that caught my eye a lot as the day went on.
I’m going to keep this post short, as I need my sleep for Opening Day 2012 tomorrow!
Actor Denis Leary visited Fenway Park yesterday for a segment that will air on the CBS “This Morning” show on April 20. I followed the crew around for a bit as they filmed him.
I liked this one.
Here is the CBS video piece that ran.
Here’s some good images from my first official assignment with the Boston Red Sox!
My goal was to capture the various clean up and construction crews prepping the stadium for this Friday’s big home opener. I got a lot out of this assignment, as basic as it was. I did several laps around the stadium, so I familiarized myself with the ins and outs and learned the quickest ways to get where I need to go.
I also got accustomed to working with Nikon cameras, which I’d never done before. I’ve shot Canon my whole life, and the Orioles supplied me with Canon gear, so this year will be a bit of an adjustment. Before I started roaming, I sat down in the Monster Seats and tinkered with the cameras. It definitely took me a little bit of getting used to, but I got the hang of those things after about twenty minutes. Comparing Canons to Nikons is a bit ridiculous, because both companies make incredible products, but I know that even after this season, I’ll remain a Canon guy.
Otherwise, what more can I say. Taking pictures of Fenway Park at high noon on a 65 degree day is what they call “work”?
I was rather bored last Sunday night, so in keeping with my recent exploratory habits, I decided to go make some pictures of the stadium at night. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I moved here, and now that I’ve done it, it’s definitely something I want to do again.
I mainly focused on Lansdowne Street, which backs up to left field and the Green Monster. I got a bit lost in the work, and before I knew it, I had been out there for an hour and a half. When I go back, I’ll move on to some other streets and angles.
Parts of the stadium’s facade are a bit eerie when you actually stop to look at them. When dark, it almost looks like parts of Fenway have been abandoned for years. I’m only posting two images here, but I made several other ones which I was happy with as well.
It was a peaceful Sunday evening with my good friend Mr. Camera.
Click the photos to enlarge, if you so please.
One of my main responsibilities this year with the Boston Red Sox will be to hunt for telling feature photos of Fenway Park and all its charm. These are of particular importance this year, given it marks Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.
I wanted to get a feel for the outside of the park and familiarize myself with the areas surrounding it, so I went out on my own last week while the team was in Detroit and did some exploring. It was a beautiful early Spring day, which made for some really nice, vibrant light and contrasty shadows.
These were two that I liked. Click the photos to enlarge, if you so please.
Much more to come!
I just wanted to make a quick post to document a new byline I’m adding to my portfolio. This time, it’s from Baltimore Magazine, which I’d never been published in before.
This is a photo gallery to accompany an article about the 20th anniversary of Camden Yards. The link to the gallery is here.
I shot photo numbers 20 and 24, and I scanned and edited the old, classic photos of Camden Yards from the Orioles archives season.
I must admit, it’s been a bit strange not working in Baltimore for the start of the season, as I had shot the past three Opening Days there. That being said, I’m so ready for the Red Sox to come to down for Opening Day at Fenway Parks this Friday.