Photography: Fenway Park Panoramas

Fenway Park MapOpened on April 20, 1912, rebuild and expanded in 1924, and reconstructed in 1934 to it's current dimensions, the baseball park located in the "Fens" section of Boston's Back Bay is one of only two major league ballparks built before 1957 still standing today (the other being Chicago's Wrigley Field). Fenway Park's intimate setting, friendly atmosphere, imposing left-field wall, and classic architecture reflect and embody all the traditions of America's national pastime. To the Red Sox's ardent & loyal fans, and baseball purists everywhere, Fenway Park is the quintessential expression of baseball.

To view a panorama from a particular location in Fenway Park, click on a numbered bullet on the image at the right, one of the links in the Panoramas menu, or just scroll down to browse through the collection.

Digital panoramas were constructed by using the "Panorama" feature of my Canon camera and then stitched together using Hugin, a full-featured, comprehensive, and free panorama creation tool available for Windows, Linux, and Apple computers. Older 35mm film panoramas, originally constructed from scanned photographs using Apple's long-discontinued "Quicktime VR Studio" software, have been reconstructed from scanned negatives using Hugin.

Click on any image for a much larger version. Note that all images are watermarked.

2013 American League Championship Series

Panoramic view from Fenway Park's Bleachers, in the triangle.
Taken from the bleacher seats located "in the triangle" at Fenway Park just before the start of the ALCS Game 1 against the Detroit Tigers . No one, myself included, ever expected the Red Sox play above .500, let alone make the Post Season, but they did. And, thanks to outstanding pitching, an amazing closer, a seemingly miraculous number of timely hits, and David Ortiz' blistering hitting percentage, they became MLB's World Champions of 2013. Can't wait until Opening Day 2014!
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Loge Seats, 1st Base Dugout

Panoramic view from Fenway Park's left field upper deck.
A 180-degree panorama taken from the Loge seats just behind the Red Sox dugout during a late-season game against the Baltimore Orioles. For Red Sox fans, the 2012 Season was a disaster as the Sox and Orioles swapped their traditional placements in the American League East standings. A closer inspection of the image reveals it was taken across both halves of the inning.
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Upper Deck, Left Field

Panoramic view from Fenway Park's left field upper deck.
Fenway's Monster Seats may be (ok, they are!) spectacular, but they aren't the highest seats in the park. Thanks to a stroke of luck right before the 2009 American League Divisional Series game between the Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim we were able to upgrade our seats from the bleachers to the upper "State Street Pavillion" level, where we could look down on both the field and the Monster Seats. Incredible food, dedicated fans, a chance to try on a genuine 2004 World Series Championship Ring, the occasional nausea-inducing vertigo, and a late-game Red Sox victory made for a very memorable night.
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Opening Day, 2008

2008 Red Sox Opening Day panorama.
The 2007 World Series Champions Red Sox are introduced to their appreciative fans as the New York Yankees respectfully look on. After (1) the 2005 Opening Day Ceremony celebrating the Red Sox' first World Series Championship since 1918 and (2) the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway, this was the most memorable Red Sox experience of my life.
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Home Plate View

View from behind Home Plate
Photographed just to the left of home plate during a chilly, early-season game between the Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners. A tie score very late in the game gives the Sox an opportunity to deliver a dramatic win in the bottom of the ninth. The photo is slightly underexposed to show details in the cloud cover.
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2004 World Series

Bleachers, Section 41, Top Row
Photographed using an inexpensive digital camera from the very top row of the bleachers in Section 41 during the 2004 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. It was almost a surreal experience seeing the scoreboard displaying only one game, and an exercise in mental discipline to avoid recalling all the previous World Series the Sox lost in the seventh game (1946, 1975, 1986).
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Bleacher View

Bleachers, Section 41
True Sox fans are glad to be anywhere inside the park during a Red Sox game, even the bleachers: That section of Fenway Park where one can get a quick education on baseball, fan loyalty, joy & frustration, cheap food, and (occasionally) salty language. And, watch a game with the best fans in baseball. This panorama, shot on 35mm film, was taken during the 2003 American League Divisional Series between the Oakland Athletics and the Red Sox.
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The Fisk Pole, Left Field

Fenway Park's Pesky Pole
A view from deep in left field, within easy throwing distance of the Green Monster and the foul pole. The foul pole is affectionately named after Carlton Fisk who, late in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets, hit a ball that struck the foul pole credited in part to his emphatically waving "fair" as he moved towards first base. The home run forced a game 7, which the Red Sox ultimately lost. Shot on 35mm film.
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1999 All Star Game, Boston MA

1999 All Star Game, Fenway Park
A view from the bleachers during pre-game preparations for the 1999 All Star Game at Fenway Park, Boston MA. Although the photo quality suffers from using a "point-and-shoot" 35mm panoramic camera in low light without a tripod, its a photo worth keeping for the fond memories it invokes.
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Ticket Office, Gate A

Fenway Park's Original Facade
A view of Fenway Park's exterior dressed in full regalia for the 1999 MLB All Star Game, taken from the corner of Brookline Ave. and Yawkey Way looking toward the ticket office. The constant street activity is clearly evident by the two glaring errors in the finished panorama, which might be removed if I were a little more proficient in Hugin's mask feature. Shot on 35mm film.
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The Peksy Pole, Right Field

Fenway Park's Pesky Pole
The shortest distance to a home run in Major League Baseball, it's named after Johnny Pesky, who had a certain knack for sending long balls to this vicinity. With fans moving constantly, and some not appreciating a camera on a tripod blocking their view, this panorama took quite a while to shoot. (Thanks fans for your patience!). Shot on 35mm film.
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Right Field Shed

Grandstand, Section 1, Fenway Park
A 230-degree panorama taken from the top of the "Shed" deep in right field (Grandstand, Section 1). Argueably the "loudest" area of Fenway Park, in part due to the shape of the roof. Bottom right of photo shows visitor's bullpen and a portion of the Red Sox bullpen. Shot on 35mm film.
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