Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack

Baseball season is just about here. And to celebrate that, I wanted to take a break from all the #fiftytwo posts and share some of my favorite photos from some of the MLB ballparks I have visited (and had my camera with me). I've been to I think 17 parks now, although 4 of those were either for ballpark tours or just strolling around during the off-season (Wrigley, Citi, Turner, and OPACY). And when I went to see the Nats play, it was while they were still playing at RFK. You won't see any photos of my trip to Rogers Centre (Toronto) because I didn't really get a chance to roam around and take pictures during my visit. And you won't see any from RFK because that was prior to my serious photo days-- I'm sure if I did some heavy digging, I'd have a few pictures from RFK taken with a disposable camera or maybe even my Minolta Maxxum.

We'll start off at one of my favorite stadiums, Fenway Park. As most of you probably know, I lived in Boston for a few years so I frequented this park. I'm just mad at myself for not bringing my camera with me every time I went.  Way to go 2008-2011 Ricardo.

We'll keep it in the AL East and head over to (new) Yankee Stadium. This is another park that I went to multiple times, but only took a few pictures. Literally, a few pictures. Most times I went, I took my little point and shoot camera with me rather than my main digital kit. Strike 2 for 2008-2011 Ricardo. So I'm going to only post 1 shot from NY.

Next, we'll head West to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota. I've been there for one MLB game and one NCAA BIG10 tourney. The time I was there for a Twins game, they happened to be playing the Angels. Woo!

We're gonna head on down South to Texas now-- sorta feels like a roadtrip, eh? I lived in Texas for a little bit and was fortunate enough to travel to Arlington once while the Angels were in town and down to Houston once for Opening Night Baseball. And let me just tell you one thing about Texas baseball/ballparks, they do not believe in veggie dogs. After a couple of long trips around BOTH stadiums, I found out the hard way. Texans don't know that veggie dogs and gluten free dogs are not the same thing.

We're gonna keep it in the AL West and head up to Seattle-- side note: now that the Astros are in the AL West, that's a bunch more trips to Texas for the Mariners. I read a couple years ago that they traveled enough one season to circle the globe more than 2 times. IN ONE SEASON. Wow.

Now down South to California-- woo!!!! In 2015 I finally visited both Bay Area parks. And in the same weekend! Prior to that I hadn't been to either stadium. I love them both. I know people talk a bunch of crap on O.Co, but I love it. And of course AT&T is beautiful, I don't think anyone has ever doubted/disputed that at all. 

We're gonna skip over LA/OC for now and go from SAN Francisco to SAN Diego-- I'm trying to keep it all connected here (although, I could have went from Oakland to Anaheim to keep all the AL West parks together, then went SD, SF, LA to group the NL West parks together but nahhhhh). I mentioned that I got to see Opening Night in Texas a few years ago. The following year, I got to see Opening Night again, down in San Diego when the Padres hosted the Dodgers. Another first time park for me. I think I took more pictures during the events before the game than the actual game, but that's okay. It's now an excuse for me to go back. I love Petco Park. It has an East Coast feel to it with being located in downtown right off the street, not surrounded by parking lots. 

See here's where I go NL West to NL West. As an Angel fan, I think it's implied or expected (whatever you wanna call it) that I'm supposed to H-A-T-E the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium. And believe me, I used to. But let me tell you. I LOVE GOING TO DODGER GAMES. I love the stadium. I love the experience. I love the fans. I love it. Call me a bad Angels fan or whatever, I don't care. Dodger games are a blast. 

And finally we're gonna wrap it up at home. I could have probably dedicated a whole post to all my favorite photos from Angel Stadium. It's going to be hard to keep it to a minimum. Especially after already bombarding y'all with close to 30 photos already. I love Angel Stadium. Even though it's not my favorite ballpark and not even close to the most fun (as far as the 'fan experience' goes compared to other parks), nor is it the most historic or majestic, but it's home. And I love it. I love spending spring/summer evenings at The Big A with my pals. I've had many great memories there and look forward to several more (hopefully seeing them win another World Series is in there somewhere).

Thanks for looking! If you follow me on twitter/ig, post your favorite picture of your favorite ballpark and tag me in it-- I'm always eager to see/hear about everyone else's favorite parks. Happy [almost] baseball season everyone! I can't wait to get back out there, it's been too long. This season I'm hoping to see a few more parks. PNC is at the top of my list (the Angels have a series there this summer). The Angels also play the Cubs in Chicago and that'd be fun to get to see a game at Wrigley rather than just the ballpark tour, but we'll see. I wanna see KC pretty bad too and I think that's a little more affordable/realistic so hopefully that'll get crossed off the list. And if I can, I wanna see Miller too since it's not too far away. Before I go, I'll leave you with a couple bonus pictures from when I got to be on the field at Fenway (thanks Tayler)! And I'm only wearing the Boston shirt because I make it a point to cheer for the home team unless they're playing the Angels.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fifty-Two // Sean Anonymous

Hey everyone, I hope y'all had a great Easter (if you're into that kinda thing). If not, I hope y'all had a great weekend. Over the weekend the homie Sean Anonymous came through for a kinda last minute photo shoot (surprise surprise). 

I didn't have too many ideas when Sean reached out and said he was available, I figured we'd just walk around Stevens Square/Whittier and see if any spots looked cool to photograph him in. A little bit before Sean arrived, it began to drizzle a little bit, but as soon as we started walking it started to pick up. We were able to get a few shots in at Stevens Square Park before we had to retreat back indoors. We were waiting/hoping the rain would let up a bit so we could get back out there, when suddenly I had an idea to shoot in the stairway and basement hallway of my apartment building. I had thought about shooting in there before, but hadn't yet had the opportunity. When I pitched the idea to Sean, he was into it-- side note: working with Sean was great. Any idea I had pitched to him, he was receptive and willing to try it out which makes my job very easy. As a rapper, he's used to being in front of a camera and taking direction real well which again makes my job very easy. And enjoyable. I typically have a hard time photographing people who are timid/camera shy. It usually takes me a while for them to warm up to me (and/or my camera) and look natural. With Sean, this wasn't the case at all. He was good to go from frame one (when I was just getting a light and white balance reading). After shooting inside my apartment building for a bit we stepped back outside one last time to take advantage of the break from the rain-- and of course within minutes of being outside, it started to pick up once again. No worries though, I knew we got some good stuff that we'd both be happy with. Check it out:


Thanks for looking. If you haven't heard any of Sean's music, below I've included a couple of his recent(ish) music videos. Be sure to follow Sean on twitter/instagram to stay current on everything he has going on-- like his upcoming spring tour with Del The Funky Homosapien-- tite!!!!