Boston Red Sox Photos: Thursday, April 11, 2013 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks spits before a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks spits before a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks spits before a game against the Baltimore Orioles.

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts in the dugout before a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia blocks a wild pitch during the third inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia blocks a wild pitch during the third inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia slides into third base during the third inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia slides into third base during the third inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hits his sixth home run of the season during the second inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hits his sixth home run of the season during the second inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis looks on during the fourth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis looks on during the fourth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

I shot the rubber match of the first season series between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles last night. It turned out to be a good one, particularly throughout the first half of the game.  

I’ve shot tons of games, but it was good to use last night to get back into the rhythm of shooting baseball again. When it comes to action photos, I think I’m still in tennis mode.

Someone who’s not having an issue with timing, however, is Chris Davis, the O’s first baseman who already has six home runs on the season. The photo up above is of the one he hit last night, which I knew was gone as soon as it left the bat.  

Photos: Fenway Park hosts Trick-or-Treat night.

“Kiara Munguia of Revere, Massachusetts walks in front of the Green Monster dressed as a princess for Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Families and kids had the opportunity to go ‘trick-or-treating’ around the warning track, decorate pumpkins, and enjoy magicians, face painting, and balloon artists.”

“Kids dressed in costume watch a magic trick during Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park Wednesday, October 31, 2012.”

“Kids dressed in costume line up along the Green Monster during Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park Wednesday, October 31, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks signs an autograph for Michelle Taukus of Norton, Massachusetts and daughter, Laney, during Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park Wednesday, October 31, 2012.”

A bit late, but people still seem to be in the Halloween spirit, so here are a some photos from Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park. 

There are also full galleries online, here on CBSBoston.com and here on NESN.com (New England Sports Network).

Happy Halloween! 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, 2012 vs. Detroit Tigers.

“An American flag covers the Green Monster during the Memorial Day ceremonies at Fenway Park Monday, May 28, 2012 before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.”

“Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino talks with former Red Sox great Johnny Pesky during the Memorial Day ceremonies at Fenway Park Monday, May 28, 2012 before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.”

“Former Boston Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the Memorial Day ceremonies at Fenway Park Monday, May 28, 2012 before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.”

“Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront delivers during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Monday, May 28, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzales slides into home plate during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Monday, May 28, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks throws to first during the eighth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers Monday, May 28, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Here’s a few from this year’s Memorial Day ceremonies and action at Fenway Park. We caught a beautiful day for baseball, and the Red Sox pulled through with a solid win.

When you shoot the same event every day, it’s important to constantly challenge yourself to find different ways to make it look interesting. I tried to mix things up a bit yesterday. This game’s “Thing I Learned”: I’m settling in to shooting from the seats more and more as the season goes on. There’s somer really interesting frames to be made. I like the juxtaposition of game action and fan activity. I think I’m going to try to explore that more going forward.

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!