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.