Boston Red Sox Photography: Thursday, June 21, 2012 vs. Miami Marlins.

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles throws a ball to fans during batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish signs autographs before a game against the Miami Marlins Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Fans take in a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Miami Marlins Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves celebrates with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after recording the final out of a game against the Miami Marlins Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Another hot one last night, but an exciting one as the Red Sox pulled of the late inning comeback win to sweep the Miami Marlins. 

I had to shoot a few things before the game, so I hung around during batting practice and was able to get some nice candid shots documenting player-fan interactions. As for the game itself, I shot a good mix of Fenway features and game action.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: This will be my last Boston Red Sox post for several weeks, as I’m headed overseas for some exciting work! Last night, I was reminded to soak it all in. Shooting pictures at baseball games really is my dream job, and I’ll miss it for the next few weeks. 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 vs. Miami Marlins.

“Fans cheer as Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a grand slam during the fifth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“An usher stands in a gate entrance in the upper right field deck of Fenway Park Wednesday, June 20, 2012.”

“The sun sets over Fenway Park Wednesday, June 20, 2012 during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Miami Marlins.”

“The sun sets over Fenway Park Wednesday, June 20, 2012 during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Miami Marlins.”

“Kids escape the heat by standing in front of a mister in the concourse of Fenway Park Wednesday, June 20, 2012.”

We had our first scorcher of the summer last night at Fenway Park, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. Grinding it out drenched in sweat while making great photos – that’s what it’s all about. It brought me back to working at Camden Yards, where games like this are the norm once summer rolls around.

With heat like this usually comes late afternoon storms or really good sunsets, so I headed up to the decks in right field and shot as the sun went down. I got really lucky on the first photo you see above. There’s nothing like a David Ortiz grand slam to add some fan excitement to your cliché sunset picture.

I was also very happy with the last image of the kids playing in the water mist machine. I waited for about twenty minutes hoping for a moment like this, so I was pumped when it happened. It’s quickly become one of my favorite photos I’ve shot. 

More to come soon! Click each photo to enlarge if you’d like.

Boston Red Sox Photography: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 vs. Miami Marlins.

“A local little league baseball team waits to take the field with the Boston Red Sox starting lineup at Fenway Park in celebration of ‘Calling All Kids’ Month Tuesday, June 19, 2012.”

“A local little league baseball team waits to take the field with the Boston Red Sox starting lineup at Fenway Park in celebration of ‘Calling All Kids’ Month Tuesday, June 19, 2012.”

Great to be back at it last night after a week off from shooting. 

It’s funny how one sees things differently at the beginning of a homestand. Everything seems so fresh and new, and things just go your way more often. 

I was pretty busy with some different things to shoot throughout this game, but I was able to get some nice stuff during pre-game and through the first several innings. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Watch out for foul balls. I already knew this, but yesterday was just a reminder to always be attentive. Nothing came my way, but there were some screamers up the left field line. 

Photo: Father’s Day Walk Through Fenway Park.

“A father carries his son on his shoulders during the Father’s Day Walk Through Fenway Park Sunday, June 17, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Happy Father’s Day!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Sunday, June 10, 2012 vs. Washington Nationals.

“The 2012 graduating class of Boston Red Sox scholars toss their caps during the National Anthem before a game between the Red Sox and the Washington Nationals Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“The 2012 graduating class of Boston Red Sox scholars announce ‘Play Ball!’ to the crowd before a game between the Red Sox and the Washington Nationals Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Not too much to say about this game. Ugly baseball all around led to a Nationals weekend sweep of the Sox.

The pre-game ceremonies looked marvelous, however! Read: Can you tell this was the last game of a homestand?

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: In all seriousness, I was able to shoot from some different angles during those pre-game ceremonies, and was able to get some variety into my shots. I didn’t notice until I went back and did a second look through my edits, but I’m really liking this “Play Ball!” shot. This pre-game was a nice break from the norm, and finding new ways to shoot it is something to keep in mind for upcoming games. 

Photo: David Ortiz, Cody Ross Answer Questions During Kids Press Conference.

“Outfielder Cody Ross and designated hitter David Ortiz answer questions during a kids press conference in celebration of Boston Red Sox ‘Calling All Kids’ Month.”

In honor of Boston Red Sox “Calling All Kids” Month, Cody Ross and David Ortiz fielded the tough, hard-hitting, pressing questions from the three to ten year old media last Sunday morning during a kids only press conference. 

These kids were fearless, and I was impressed. “Who was your favorite player growing up?” “Did you like going to school?” “Do you know that you’re going to hit a home run before the game even starts?”

I hope at least one of them in that room grows up to be the next superstar baseball journalist!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Saturday, June 9, 2012 vs. Washington Nationals.

“Participants of the Pan-Mass Challenge line up with their bicycles along the first base line at Fenway Park after being introduced during a special pre-game ceremony Saturday, June 9, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz walks toward the on-deck circle during the first inning of a game against the Washington Nationals Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a game against the Washington Nationals Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Day games are always great, and later afternoon games are even better. I love the light during the two or three hour window before the sun goes down, especially at a beautiful place like Fenway Park. 

And while Saturday’s 4:00 P.M. game didn’t produce much peak action (or a Red Sox win) to shoot, I still got some good looking work. It’s not every day that you have bikes on a baseball field, right?

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Should have worn sunscreen!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Thursday, June 7, 2012 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

“Boston Red Sox teammates congratulate each other during the second inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava follows through on a basehit in the eighth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, June 8, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is congratulated by catcher Kelly Shoppach after throwing a complete game shutout against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates congratulate each other after defeating the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, June 8, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia looks on during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

The Red Sox were able to avoid being swept by the Orioles last night thanks to a complete game shut out performance by Clay Buchholz. He was dialed in, so there really wasn’t much action to shoot last night. 

That’s the way baseball goes sometimes, so I enjoyed my usual quest for good features. I like a few of these.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I’ve been able to fine tune my game time routine so that I can now take care of my three main nightly responsibilities – shooting, printing, and editing – most efficiently. It took a bit of adjusting over the first part of the season to get a good workflow down, but I’ve got it now. I think I realized that definitively for the first time last night.

Happy Friday!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Tuesday, June 6, 2012 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles turns a double play during the seventh inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis warms up at the top of the dugout during a game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia walks to the on deck circle during a game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Chris Richard takes in a field-level view of Fenway Park before singing the National Anthem before the start of a game between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, June 5, 2012.”

We had an exiting game yesterday between the Red Sox and the hometown hero Orioles. It was back and forth all night until Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending whose side I’m on – I’m still conflicted), the homer wasn’t enough and the Orioles were able to lock up the win the next inning. 

It was nice to have the birds in town and to see some orange and black at Fenway. I parked myself in an empty seat in the front row next to the Sox dugout, and that’s where I stayed for most of the game. It turned out to be a good spot because two fans with orange Eddie Murray jerseys sat down right next to me. 

So, I made some nice frames as I shot baseball while watching the Celtics/Heat game on the TV in front of my seat. Not a bad night. This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I should hang out around that dugout area more often. There’s definitely some nice portraits to be made there.  

Boston Red Sox Photography: Thursday, May 31, 2012 vs. Detroit Tigers.

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia blocks the plate during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a home run during the second inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Fans sit atop the Green Monster at Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers Thursday, May 31, 2012.”

“Fans sing Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ during the eight inning of a game between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park Thursday, May 31, 2012.”

I had a good night shooting on Thursday, which I was happy about after what I thought was a bit of a sub-par game for me the night before. I was a bit frustrated at the time, but looking back at those shots now, they really aren’t so bad after all. Maybe that was just me being burnt out near the end of a long homestand, or maybe it was the horrible spring-time allergies that I’ve been having that made me feel so “blah” about those pictures.

Sometimes while you’re in the moment, it’s easy to get frustrated with yourself and/or your work. For photographers – or perhaps within any profession – I think it’s healthy to step away from your work for a bit from time to time and let it breathe. That’s certainly helped me the past couple of days. 

I took the weekend off so this post is a few days late now, but I think I finished off the homestand and the month of May strongly with these images above. I shot a good mix of action and features, and had a great time doing it. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I’m continuing my quest for game action juxtaposed against fan reaction. It’s starting to feel a bit more normal working alongside fans and shooting from the seats, which admittedly has been a challenge for me so far this season.