Photos: David Ortiz Signs two-year Extension with Red Sox.

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz jokes during a press conference held in Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion Monday, November 5, 2012, to announce the signing of a new two-year extension with the ball club. The eight-time All-Star will return for his 11th and 12th seasons with the Red Sox.”

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz jokes with eight-year-old son, D’Angelo, during a press conference held in Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion Monday, November 5, 2012, to announce the signing of a new two-year extension with the ball club. The eight-time All-Star will return for his 11th and 12th seasons with the Red Sox.”

Here are a few images from David Ortiz’s press conference today. I’m sure many Boston fans will be happy to hear that Big Papi will be back in red and blue for the next two seasons.

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: 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: 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: Saturday, April 14, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

“Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellesbury, and Adrian Gonzales are presented with the 2011 Gold Glove trophies before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Fans sing along to ‘Sweet Caroline’ in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates after hitting a home run in the fifth inning in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox left fielder Cody Ross hits a home run in the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

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.