Boston Red Sox Photography: Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, 2012 vs. Detroit Tigers.

“An American flag covers the Green Monster during the Memorial Day ceremonies at Fenway Park Monday, May 28, 2012 before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.”

“Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino talks with former Red Sox great Johnny Pesky during the Memorial Day ceremonies at Fenway Park Monday, May 28, 2012 before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.”

“Former Boston Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the Memorial Day ceremonies at Fenway Park Monday, May 28, 2012 before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.”

“Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront delivers during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Monday, May 28, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzales slides into home plate during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Monday, May 28, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks throws to first during the eighth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Monday, May 28, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Here’s a few from this year’s Memorial Day ceremonies and action at Fenway Park. We caught a beautiful day for baseball, and the Red Sox pulled through with a solid win.

When you shoot the same event every day, it’s important to constantly challenge yourself to find different ways to make it look interesting. I tried to mix things up a bit yesterday. This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I’m settling in to shooting from the seats more and more as the season goes on. There’s somer really interesting frames to be made. I like the juxtaposition of game action and fan activity. I think I’m going to try to explore that more going forward.

Photos: Red Sox’ Saltalamacchia Hits Ninth Inning Walk-off Home Run.

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrates as he runs to first base after hitting a walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates run onto the field in celebration after catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates crowd home plate in celebration after catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

It’s nights like these that remind me why I love this job. Not that I don’t love all other nights on the job, but these are particularly special.

There’s nothing like a walk-off win to lift your spirits and give you the opportunity for some really solid pictures, which have been few and far between so far this season in Boston. 

Here’s a few from Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it for the Red Sox. 

Click the photos to enlarge for the full effect.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I shot these from the first row of seats behind the visitor’s on-deck circle. I was really well positioned for Salty’s reaction (first photo above), but I could have been better positioned for the celebration at home plate. Next time, I’ll locate myself further down the third base line so I’m not blocked by umpires and/or camera men.

Photos: Boston Red Sox Host Third Annual Run-Walk to Home Base.

“Racers cross the Yawkey Way start line during the 2012 Run-Walk to Home Base 9k Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Racers run down Van Ness Street outside Fenway Park during the 2012 Run-Walk to Home Base 9k Sunday, May 20, 2012.”

“Run-Walk to Home Base participants run along the outfield warning track in Fenway Park Sunday, May 20, 2012.”

“Run-Walk to Home Base participants run out of the tunnel and enter onto the outfield warning track at Fenway Park Sunday, May 20, 2012.”

Here’s a few images from the third annual Run-Walk to Home Base race. 

I wasn’t exactly thinking straight at 6:30 in the morning, so I really had no idea whether I got anything good or not until the next day. After looking through the edits, I think I did just okay. The finish line, where most real pictures would be made, definitely was not set up with a photographer’s eye in mind. I won’t go into details, but there were too many distractions for us photographers to have to work around. It made it just about impossible to get a nice, clean image at the finish line.

I guess it’s important to look at the larger picture, though: this is a great cause and the event as a whole was pretty neat. 

Photos: Boston Red Sox visit West Roxbury and Pittsfield VA Centers.

“Wally the Green Monster poses through the window of a trailer at the Veterans Administration center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday, May 18, 2012.”

“A veteran poses with the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies at the Veterans Administration center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday, May 18, 2012.”

“A hospital guest is greeted by Wally the Green Monster and the 200 and 2007 World Series trophies at the Veterans Administration hospital in West Roxbury, Massachusetts Friday, May 18, 2012.”

Here’s a few shots to conclude my week of traveling throughout New England documenting the Boston Red Sox visits to several VA hospitals. On Friday, we stopped at hospitals both in West Roxbury, just outside of Boston, and in Pittsfield, about two hours west of Boston. 

All the traveling made for a long week, but it’s gratifying to know that we were able to bring some excitement and joy to hundreds of hospital patients and workers alike.

Photos: Boston Red Sox bring World Series Trophies to Maine VA Hospital.

“A retired Army veteran poses for a picture behind the Boston Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies during a visit to the VA hospital in Augusta, Maine Wednesday, May 16, 2012.”

“A World War II veteran poses for a picture behind the Boston Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies during a visit to the VA hospital in Augusta, Maine Wednesday, May 16, 2012.”

I went along for another Veteran’s hospital visit yesterday, this time to one outside Augusta, Maine. 

It made for a long day, but the event went well. Again, it was really neat to see how lifted some of these patients were at the sight of the trophies and Red Sox mascot.

As for me, I tried to mix it up a bit and shoot differently than I did on Monday in New Hampshire. I thought these two tell the story of the day well. 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 vs. Seattle Mariners.

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield salutes the crowd after being introduced during the ‘Tim Wakefield Day’ pre-game ceremony Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

”Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield greets kids from the Pitching In For Kids organization during the ‘Tim Wakefield Day’ pre-game ceremony Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield throws out the ceremonial first pitch to former catcher Doug Mirabelli during the ‘Tim Wakefield Day’ pre-game ceremony Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Fans sit under umbrellas as they watch a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Here are some shots from Tuesday’s pre-game ceremonies honoring former Red Sox pitcher, Tim Wakefield, who retired before the start of this season. 

They’re some nice images, I think, which is good because the rest of the game was miserable (even though the Sox won) and I didn’t make a single picture I was happy with. Something about roaming Fenway Park in the pouring rain had me down. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Don’t forget to go photograph kids in the Fenway Park family room playing with sea creatures from the New England Aquarium. That’s what I did! Luckily I got a reminder call and went and got some nice stuff.

Photos: Red Sox visit New Hampshire VA Hospital.

“Boston Red Sox mascot Wally The Green Monster is shown in front of a wall honoring New Hampshire residents who have died as a result of conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan Monday, May 14, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox mascot Wally The Green Monster is shown in front of a wall honoring New Hampshire residents who have died as a result of conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan Monday, May 14, 2012.”

In honor of Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary, the Boston Red Sox have put together a “100 Acts of Kindness” program with various non-profit organizations throughout the season. As part of that initiative, various Red Sox alumni, as well as the Red Sox mascot Wally, will be visiting various Veterans  hospitals throughout New England this week.

I rode along on yesterday’s visit to Manchester, New Hampshire.

This assignment was certainly different in tone than most of what we shoot, but an important reminder of the emotion, compassion, and excitement that professional sports can sometimes bring out in people. Lots of the patients were struggling, some of them terminally ill even, but it was incredible to see their spirits lift so quickly  at the sight of those two World Series trophies and the big, smiling, furry green guy. It’s days like these where I’m reminded of the bigger picture.

More to come this week as we continue our visits.

Boston Red Sox Photography: Sunday, May 13, 2012 vs. Cleveland Indians.

“Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart salutes the crowd at Fenway Park before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“Fenway Park is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“A mother and father celebrate Mother’s Day at Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“A girl looks through a railing at Fenway Park during a Mother’s Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“A mother and son celebrate Mother’s Day at Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“A Boston Red Sox fan poses with her son in front of the Green Monster during the Mother’s Day walk through Fenway Park Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

Sunday was exactly what all of us at Fenway Park needed: A beautiful, sunny day, a stadium full of happy families celebrating Mother’s Day together, and and old-fashioned 12 to 1 beatdown by the Red Sox. It lifted everyone’s spirits.

It’s amazing how much of a difference good weather has on one’s work during the game, or at least on mine. I’m always enthusiastic about my work, but it gets taken to a different level on days like Sunday. 

Being patient while shooting is a perfect example. I found myself really slowing down all day, and doing much more waiting than actual shooting. That brings me to this game’s “Thing I Learned:” I’m really proud of the final shot here of the mother and son in front of the Green Monster. I sat there for about twenty minutes, just waiting for that some tiny moment to happen, and I got one. I should do that more often. It’s a good exercise in patience and would likely lead to better pictures. 

Run For Your Lives: Facebook Timeline Cover Photos.

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 1.”

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 2.”

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 3.”

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 4.”

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 5.”

Here’s a few Facebook Timeline cover photo templates that were made from some of my Run For Your Lives images. Credit Matt Hodgson at Reed Street Productions for the graphic design work.

Boston Red Sox Photography: Friday, May 11, 2012 vs. Cleveland Indians.

“The sun sets over Fenway Park Friday, May 11, 2012 during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians.”

“The sun sets over Fenway Park Friday, May 11, 2012 during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians.”

Finally, a bit of nice weather in Boston. I felt like I hadn’t seen the sun in about three weeks before it finally came out for Friday’s game

This sunset didn’t turn out to be as great as I thought it would as the game started, but there will be plenty more to come as we head into the summer months.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: As the light continues to get better as the season goes on, it’ll be smart to stay outside and roam the park for the first few innings, rather than going inside immediately after the pre-game ceremonies to print those photos. Fenway Park will look too good to be sitting inside during that time.