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: Sunday, August 5, 2012 vs. Minnesota Twins.

“Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine sits in the batting tunnel before a game against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox Center Fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Shortstop Mike Aviles sit in the batting tunnel before a game against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

“A vendor sells popcorn during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

“The Boston Red Sox play the Minnesota Twins Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox Outfielder Cody Ross pats Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the back during a game against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox hats are shown in the dugout of Fenway Park Sunday, August 5, 2012.”

Sunday games are always busy, and this Sunday was no exception! Over the course of the game, I found myself in just about every part of the stadium at one point – from Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street outside to the concourses below the stadium to the highest points of the upper deck to the first base photo pit on field level. 

It made for a long day of climbing and running around in the heat, but I got what I hope is a nice variety of images. 

I’m particularly liking the first two photos of this post. We don’t shoot in the clubhouse much, so it was good to get some “behind the scenes” type of features of players and coaches hanging out before the game.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: It’s good to keep yourself active and not stay in one spot for too long. Although it can be more tiring, it keeps your eye sharp and keeps you from becoming complacent.

Boston Red Sox Photography: Sunday, July 22, 2012 vs. Toronto Blue Jays.

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia prepares for a play at the plate during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Two Boston Red Sox fans chest bump each other on top of the Green Monster at Fenway Park Sunday, July 22, 2012 during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.”

“Fans take in a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“A father dances with his daughter between innings of a game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“A view from the Boston Red Sox bullpen is shown during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

It’s really a shame that the Sox played so poorly yesterday and got swept by the Toronto Blue Jays, because yesterday was one of those irreplaceable summer days at Fenway Park.

There wasn’t much action to cover from a Red Sox perspective, so I tried to capture the festive fan spirit throughout the park.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Bleacher seats and the Budweiser Roof Deck are the best spots to camp out and find fan features. There are some real characters up there. 

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: 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. 

Photos: Red Sox’ Saltalamacchia Hits Ninth Inning Walk-off Home Run.

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrates as he runs to first base after hitting a walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates run onto the field in celebration after catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates crowd home plate in celebration after catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

It’s nights like these that remind me why I love this job. Not that I don’t love all other nights on the job, but these are particularly special.

There’s nothing like a walk-off win to lift your spirits and give you the opportunity for some really solid pictures, which have been few and far between so far this season in Boston. 

Here’s a few from Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it for the Red Sox. 

Click the photos to enlarge for the full effect.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I shot these from the first row of seats behind the visitor’s on-deck circle. I was really well positioned for Salty’s reaction (first photo above), but I could have been better positioned for the celebration at home plate. Next time, I’ll locate myself further down the third base line so I’m not blocked by umpires and/or camera men.