Boston Red Sox Photography: Sunday, May 6, 2012 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

“Bases are shown before the start of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Sunday, May 6, 2012.”

“A Boston Red Sox fan smiles before the start of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia signs autographs before the start of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks rounds the bases after hitting his first Major League home run, a grand slam, during the fifth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9 to 6 in 17 innings.”

“Fenway Park is shown during the thirteenth inning of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9-6 in 17 innings.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Marlon Byrd is tagged out while sliding into home plate during the sixteenth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9 to 6 in 17 innings.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDconald was called in to pitch during the sixteenth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9 to 6 in 17 innings.”

I apologize for posting so many photos, but that’s what happens when a baseball game goes 17 innings. When I stumbled into Fenway at 11:00 on Sunday morning for a 1:30 p.m. game, I never thought nor hoped I’d be there until 10:00 that night.

You know it’s a bizarre game when Will Middlebrooks casually hits a grand slam to tie the game at 5-5 for his first Major League home run, fans get up for a seventh inning stretch and a fourteenth inning stretch, outfielder Darnell McDonald pitches for the Red Sox, infielder Chris Davis pitches for the Orioles (and records the win), Adam Jones hits a three run home run in the seventeenth inning, and the Orioles sweep the Red Sox at Fenway Park to take the best record in Major League Baseball. I’ve never seen anything like it. 

As for my shooting, I don’t really know what to say. I was all over the stadium for the first seven innings, which I could barely even remember after the last ten. 

During the eighth, I moved down to the photo pit, where I shot from for the first time this season. This game’s “Thing I Learned:” If there was any saving grace to shooting 17 innings of ball, it was that it gave me lots of time to get a feel for working in the pit at Fenway. It’s certainly different from Camden Yards, and it took me an inning or two to get adjusted to the angles and sight lines from my spot beside third base. I’m really looking forward to shooting from down there lots more throughout the season. 

Click the photos to enlarge, of course!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Friday, May 4, 2012 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

“A Boston Red Sox fan smiles during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Friday, May 4, 2012.”

“Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hits the game-winning single in the thirteenth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Friday, May 4, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Roses loses his bat during the fifth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, May 4, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

My hometown Baltimore Orioles were in Boston this weekend for a three game series against the Sox, and boy was it interesting. Who would have predicted an O’s sweep to give them the best record in Major League Baseball?

Two of three games went to extra innings, and I shot them both. I thought this 13 inning game was long, but I was proven wrong two days later (more to come soon). 

The Red Sox had their chances to close this one out, but couldn’t get it done. Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis did the job instead, producing what proved to be the game winning hit (above) (more to come on him as well). 

As for the other photos, I’ve recently been on a kick of photographing kids at the game. Some of them have just been too darn cute. Otherwise, I made my second image of the year of Cody Ross losing his bat into the stands. The first is here

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” It’s dangerous to to anticipate a walk-off win for the home team. So far this year, every time I’ve “felt it coming,” it’s never happened. I’ll get one one of these days.  

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

"Baltimore Orioles third baseman Chris Davis prepares to field a ground ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold catches a fly ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie pitches in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, September 13, 2011 in Baltimore."

This series finale was extremely slow in the way of action, so I continued on my trend from the night before and shot the game from some new angles

This time, I went all the way up to the upper deck for a few innings for a bird’s eye effect. I think this was an impulse I had that was a result of looking at so many pictures of tennis players shot from the upper deck in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:”  The lesson here is essentially the same as the last game I shot.  Shooting sports from different angles of the stadium gives you different results. It sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s easy to get caught in a rut and shoot the same things over and over again. I like the look the upper deck provides. It makes the ordinary – an infielder getting set, an outfielder catching a fly ball, or a pitcher pitching – a more creative feel. 

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Friday, August 12, 2011 vs. Detroit Tigers

"The shadow of Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks is shown during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, August 12, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis fields a ground ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Friday, August 12, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy dives for a ground ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Friday, August 12, 2011 in Baltimore."

The birds dropped the first of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. 

I don’t have much to say about this game. These were the only pictures that stood out, and I don’t think they’re anything too special. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” On Friday nights, I need to lighten my exposure more than I have been while shooting batters. The black jerseys are tougher to work with as it gets darker out.