Boston Red Sox Photos: Friday, July 19, 2013 vs. New York Yankees.

"A woman walks through the concourse during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A woman walks through the concourse during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The sun shines through a concourse during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The sun shines through a concourse during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans watch a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 as the sun sets at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans watch a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 as the sun sets at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A banner hanging over Lansdowne Street is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A banner hanging over Lansdowne Street is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans stand under a stadium light during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans stand under a stadium light during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Friday, July 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

It’s really great to be back at Fenway Park after several weeks away from baseball. Being away always makes me realize how much I love the game and everything involved with it.

Including the heat, which was certainly there to welcome me back last night. With temperatures reaching near 100 degrees, it made for a hot one roaming around the park. I wanted to focus my shooting on weather related pictures. Despite the humidity, there was some really nice light which I tried to work with, particularly early on in the game. 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Monday, July 16, 2012 vs. Chicago White Sox.

“The Roxbury Latin Latonics perform the National Anthem at Fenway Park Monday, July 16, 2012.”

“American Idol winner Kris Allen is interviewed at Fenway Park Monday, July 16, 2012.”

“NASCAR driver Greg Biffle throws out the Ceremonial First Pitch before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox Monday, July 16, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Former Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis gives a curtain call during his first at bat at Fenway Park as a Chicago White Sox Monday, July 16, 2012.”

“Fans take in a game from the Budweiser Roof Deck at Fenway Park Monday, July 16, 2012.”

“Fans take in a game from the Budweiser Roof Deck at Fenway Park Monday, July 16, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzales rounds the bases after hitting a go-ahead three run home run in the eight inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, July 16, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

It feels great to get back to blogging baseball! I shot my first game since getting home from Europe, and I caught a good, busy, exciting night to break me in. 

There were several story lines from the game – celebs in the house beforehand, Kevin Youkilis returning to Fenway as a Chicago White Sox, a beautiful summer night falling over Fenway Park, and some late inning home run heroics from Adrian Gonzales to seal a Red Sox win – and I was proud of myself for getting some good shots from each of them.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Such is the beauty of roaming throughout the stadium during the game. I’m totally mobile, and can focus on several things at the same time if I choose to. That’s something one doesn’t get from shooting in the pits the entire game.

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.