January 3, 2011

Boston American League Baseball Company

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I’ve lived in the Boston area my entire and have attended dozens of Red Sox games at Fenway Park over the years. I’ve entered the park from every gate.

With the exception of the monster seats, I’ve sat in every area of the park, from a luxury sky box, to field box, to grandstands, to bleachers, to the right field roof before there were seats there (but that’s a story for another day). I’ve even run onto the field as part of a pre-game ceremony (again, another story). I’ve walked around the park, and run around the park. 

All those years, all those visits, I don’t ever recall seeing this door.

When I walked past it the other night, I felt like I stepped into a time warp. The styling of the door is a throwback to the 40’s. It could be in a scene from film noir detective movie. I immediately set up my tripod and grabbed the shot. Actually, 18 shots.

The image is a vertical HDR panorama (vertorama, if you will) comprised of three sets of 9 images. I shot it with the 24mm PC-E (Tilt Shift) lens, which allowed me to keep the lines plumb and any distortion to a minimum.

24 Yawkey Way, 24mm PC-E, Dwight Evans – #24 … More than coincidence? I think not!

I have a of couple more shots coming this week of Fenway Park at night. I think you’ll like them. I know I do.

On another note (or two):

Yesterday I updated my “About” page with a new photo taken by my friend and very talented photographer, Brian Matiash. Be sure to check it out.

And speaking of Brian, today he celebrates the first anniversary of his Blog and commitment to post a new HDR image each day for a year. His featured image is one that he conceived, but didn’t take. I’m pleased to say, it was shot by me!

I got a preview of his post yesterday and its not to be missed.

It was an honor and a pleasure to photograph Brian in his urbex element. Thanks, Brian, for the opportunity!

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  1. Great shot, Bob, and it demonstrates that no matter how well you think you know an area, there’s always something new to see, given the right eye.

    Not to pick nits, but isn’t 3×9 = 27, not 18? However many shots it took, it came out well!

  2. Why am I not seeing tweets for your new shots??

    Glad I didn’t miss this one. It’s funny because I saw this image when you sent it via DB and, while it was great in the preview, it really is brought to another level with the commentary. I really enjoyed it.

    I also want to thank you for the nice words & linkback. Really jazzed that you like your new profile oic so much, too!

  3. This entrance is mentioned in the first chapter of Robert Parker’s third Spenser novel, Mortal_Stakes, which is focussed on the Sox. So good to know it really exists.