Photo: Dustin Pedroia Fielding Lesson.

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia gives a fielding lesson as one of the Red Sox Foundation auction items Saturday, September 8, 2012.”

I don’t have anything worth posting from last night’s game, which went past midnight due to several long, horrible rain delays. Instead, I thought I’d post one from a private Dustin Pedroia fielding lesson that I shot before the game yesterday.

Here’s hoping for a better game today! Also, happy start to the football season!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Thursday, August 23, 2012 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia tags out Mike Trout at home plate during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday, August 23, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday, August 23, 2012.”

Here are a few photos from what I can honestly say felt like the longest game I’ve ever worked. It was only 10 innings, but somehow it felt longer than the 17 inning game from earlier this year or any rain delay filled game that I can remember. It was a really, really slow 10 innings.

That’s life, though! This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Patience is a virtue. If you sit and wait long enough, you’ll get a nice photo or two.

Boston Red Sox Photography: Monday, July 30, 2012 vs. Detroit Tigers.

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is congratulated after hitting a go ahead two run home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Monday, July 30, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Not much to say about this game, except that it’s always nice when your team comes through with a really solid, strong, convincing win. The pictures are always better, and so are your spirits while shooting. Last night was full of hits, home runs, and high fives – seen above.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: During games like these with lots of runs and action, it’s good to voice tag your key photos to save you time when captioning later on. It’s something I’ve done plenty of times, but did for the first time in awhile last night.

Boston Red Sox Photography: Friday, July 20, 2012 vs. Toronto Blue Jays.

“The Boston Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays as the sun sets over Fenway Park Friday, July 20, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia prepares to field a ball during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, July 20, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Sun shines on the Prudential Center in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, July 20, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury takes off his batting gloves at the end of an inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, July 20, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Here’s a few from Friday night’s game, in what proved to be the beginning of a rough series for the Red Sox against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The show must go on for pictures, however, so I did my best to make some good images despite the bad baseball. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I Played around with the 400 mm lens for the first time at Fenway. It was nice to shoot with some longer glass and get some good, tight action shots. 

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: 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: Monday, April 16, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

“Fenway Park is shown during the third inning of an 11:05 AM day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012.”

“The press box at Fenway Park is shown before the start of an 11:05 AM game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia flips to shortsop Mike Aviles in the fourth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Cody Ross loses his bat after fouling off a pitch during the fifth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

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.