Jon Crispin's Notebook

Opening Day

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I will often go to Fenway without a ticket in the hope that something will pop up (no pun intended).  When I got to the park I was amazed to see the line for the “day of game” tickets was quite short so I queued up and snagged a cheap (for the Sox) ticket out in the right field  grandstand.

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It is always special to walk into Fenway, especially on opening day.

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The NESN sideline reporter was ready for the cold, but it warmed up nicely.  By the 4th inning I took off my jacket, down vest, and wool sweater.

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I am including this shot for Peter Carroll.  Look closely and you will notice that the “camera” on the tripod for this guy’s live feed is an iPhone!  Amazing.

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The Sox were playing the Pirates, and I am including this shot for my son Peter.  We joke a lot about the 1970s Pirates hats, and this gentleman was totally decked out, including his Willie Stargell jersey.  He wasn’t so happy at the end of the day, as the Sox won 5-3.

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I ended up sitting in the second row of right field box 88, and had a really enjoyable time with the usher in that section, Bobby the Brick.  It was a blast to watch him work the game; keeping people moving, and bantering with the crowd.  He would randomly ask folks what the score was, how many runners were on base, etc, just to make sure we were all paying attention.  He is a totally great guy who grew up in the North End and loves his job.

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I always like to look around between innings.  My seat was just under the retired numbers of famous Red Sox players.  Love that blue sky.

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This was the first time I had taken the Commuter Rail to the park.  There is a new stop just steps from Fenway and it was great.  I love trains.

Karma Congestion… (UPDATE)

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…is a phrase my dear friend Alex Ross coined many years ago.  I think I have mentioned it here before.  We use it as a general catch-all to cover anything from mild creative block to what the Germans call Weltschmerz.  I have been somewhere in it for a while now.  I haven’t been posting much, but I have been shooting quite a bit and I wanted to put up a few shots here. / I was chastised by a Kathmandu policeman just after I shot this ↑.  The white kiosk in the middle of the intersection was put there this very day.  The old one was lying on its side on the corner beside me (and is quite possibly still there).

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I’ve been in and out of the New Haven train station a lot lately and have always liked these tunnels.

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Our friends Scott and Lisa very generously invite us to visit them on Block Island for a few days in July.  This was the view from their rental.  We had a lovely time.

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Olive is now just over 2 years old and is the most wonderful dog. My pal Peter Carroll took this picture.

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These two big stones are in the empty lot next to the house on Ensenada Drive in Woodland Hills, CA where Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band recorded “Trout Mask Replica”.  I was going to take a photo of the house, but it is a private residence now and I didn’t want to bother the current occupants.  I had a friend in college by the name of Greg Trout whose granny gave him a copy of the album for his birthday.  The only reason she bought it for him was that his surname was in the title.  When I first heard it, it seemed beyond unlistenable.  Now it is one of my most favorite records.  Beefheart was a genius.  Click on this only if you are open to weirdness.

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My brother-in law John is also a huge Beefheart fan.  He was up for the excursion to Woodland Hills especially if it involved a stop at Musso and Frank is Hollywood.  John is totally amazing and so much fun to be with.  He was raised in Southern California and  his knowledge of the area is staggering.

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He grew up in Palos Verdes and gave us a tour on a lovely Sunday morning.  This is a detail of a fountain  that is in the center of town.

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Here is John and Lynne’s dog Scooter.  He is a mischievous sweetie.

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Cris and I always go to Huntington Beach when we are in California.  The summer program for future lifeguards was happening as we were there.  There was a wide range of ages of the kids, and it was way cool to see all of the participants in their red suits and colorful caps.

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The older kids paddled out beyone the end of the pier and back.  It looked exhausting.

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The US Open of Surfing was happening the same day and the pier was jammed with people.

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We also usually make it out to the Huntington Library in Pasadena,

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mostly just for the chance to see Gainsborough’s Blue Boy.  It never gets old.

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Peter was visiting from DC last week, and we made our annual trip to Essex to eat  fried clams at Farnham’s.  It was a beautiful day and the view from the picnic tables can not be beat.

Thanks for following and for giving me the opportunity to unclog some of that karma congestion.  I think it worked.  Cheers.

UPDATE.  This is indicative of how spaced out I am, but the picture of Olive was taken by Peter Carroll.  It is the best photograph of her ever, and he totally deserves the credit.  Sorry Pete!

Washington Capitals / Metro Closed

Posted in Cities, Sport, sports, Transportation, Travel, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 15/03/2016

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Peter and I went to a Caps game tonight.  It was great, and they beat Carolina 2-1 in overtime on a (slightly) contested Ovechkin goal.

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On our way to the arena, a guy sitting near to us on the Metro told us that the entire system would be closed for  24 hours starting at midnight.  We figured he wasn’t kidding when we saw this ⇧.  Should make the morning commute really interesting.

UMASS Women’s Soccer

Posted in football, penalty kicks, soccer, sports by joncrispin on 06/10/2015

I sometimes cover for my friend Thom Kendall who is the UMASS sports photographer.  He had two simultaneous events this afternoon, so he asked me to shoot the women’s soccer team photographs.  I know the wide angle kind of distorts the distance, but the ball is on the spot for a penalty kick.  After I took the photograph, I attempted the PK.  A total miss, but they were great sports.  But hey, with 26 goalies, who could score?

I feel so fortunate that my life as a photographer allows me to connect with such diverse organizations and people. There was so much life in these young women, and it was such a beautiful day.  It made me really happy to lark about with them before they got down to the hard work of practice and being students.

Washington Nationals v Miami Marlins

Posted in Baseball, baseball mascots, mascots, sports, stadiums by joncrispin on 20/09/2015

I usually attempt to put up posts in a timely manner, but Peter and I got home very late after the game on Thursday and I was up and on the road back home by 7.00 AM on Friday.  Yesterday I drove to Gillette Stadium to shoot the UMASS football game which was pretty much a 12 hour day.

I generally dislike sports mascots, but the presidents at Nationals Park are so cool.  And Teddy is the coolest.  Good thing he has his pince nez on so he can see the selfie that this guy took.

It was Hispanic Heritage Day, and it was nice that some of my favorite players were mentioned in the pregame ceremonies, including Roberto Clemente

Peter and I scored $5.00 tickets (the best deal in baseball) and sat in our favorite section (402).

It was pretty sparse up there.

It was a perfect night for baseball; about 70 degrees with a lovely breeze.

Apologies to my vegan/vegetarian friends, but another great thing about section 402 is that there is a Ben’s Chili Bowl at the bottom of the stairs.  If you like sausages, the “half smokes” are the bomb.

This is my favorite baseball situation.  Bases loaded, 2 outs, 3 balls and two strikes on the batter.  The runners are going on the pitch (if you look closely, you can see the ball on the way to the batter.)  In this case, Ian Desmond ripped a single into right field and two runs scored.  The Nats lost 6 – 4 and are barely hanging in for a playoff spot. Maybe next year.

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