Fenway park is one of, if not the, best baseball stadium in the country...world. Built in 1912 it has a storied history with the Red Sox; the Green Monster is also the greatest fence around. This is why it makes a perfect backdrop for hockey in the winter. Frozen Fenway hosts high schools, colleges, and an occasional NHL game, as well as being open to the public to skate. This year I was fortunate enough not only to attend, but photograph the opening game of Bentley against Army.
Going into the game I wanted to focus on the atmosphere and allow people to feel as though they were at Fenway Park in the 20 degree weather. First off I needed to make sure I didn't get frostbite. Which is why I wore 4 layers on top, two below, thermal socks, and photo gloves, the ones with holes in the thumb and forefinger. I also had some hand warmers close by to keep my fingers warm enough to press the shutter. It didn't end up being as cold as I thought, but the preparation was still worth it.
I got to the game almost three hours early in order to get some wide shots with the crisp blue sky that pops up after sunset. There was also enough ambient light to keep the Boston skyline at a similar exposure to the lights inside the stadium. Being there early gave me some time to scout a few locations, know where I wanted to be when the teams came out of the locker rooms, and get a few shots of their pregame routines.
The action on the ice was heated and it was a close game until the end when Bentley scored an empty net goal to move ahead 3-1 just before the final horn. Both teams fought hard and I'm sure they enjoyed playing in such a storied stadium. I know I had a great time photographing the event!