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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03:  (Editor's note: Image has been converted to black and white.) James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field during introductions prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: (Editor’s note: Image has been converted to black and white.) James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field during introductions prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It may have just been preseason for the Steelers but it was great to get back to shooting some football this past Labor Day weekend, wrapping it up on Saturday with the first games (and wins) for the Pitt Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

And just like the players and referees who need some practice getting back into the swing of things, the same goes for every photographers no matter how many seasons you’ve been covering a particular sport or team.

One thing I’ve learned over the last few years is not to overthink how you cover a game. Over the span of a season you’ll get a feel for the team’s tendencies (i.e. Do they pass or run a lot? Deep routes and short 5-10 yard gains?). There are so many analytics websites out there that you could just as easily look at a chart and determine it that way as well. But going with your gut on where to best position yourself based on different variables will more than likely yield the best results. Reading up on your local teams can also give you more detailed information and befriending those same writers can go a long way in being a step ahead on the news that might develop and your images getting more play. Of course you will always miss something as you can’t possibly be in perfect position for every big play. However, always take into consideration how much time is left, what kind of weapons a team may have, etc. Don’t be afraid to take a chance and go with your gut instinct because I think the saying will almost always be true: ‘Go where everyone else isn’t.’ It just might pay off for you.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Fozzy Whittaker #43 of the Carolina Panthers is pushed out of bounds by Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Fozzy Whittaker #43 of the Carolina Panthers is pushed out of bounds by Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his jersey ripped while running with the ball in the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his jersey ripped while running with the ball in the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Brown #12 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Brown #12 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Will Johnson #46 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his facemask grabbed while running with the ball in the fourth quarter by T.J. Heath #26 of the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Will Johnson #46 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his facemask grabbed while running with the ball in the fourth quarter by T.J. Heath #26 of the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans cheer on their team during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans cheer on their team during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pat Amara #25 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts while entering the field during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pat Amara #25 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts while entering the field during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05:  James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball past an upended Kenneth Durden #7 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball past an upended Kenneth Durden #7 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Avonte Maddox #14 of the Pittsburgh Panthers breaks up a pass in front of Andrew Williams #80 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Avonte Maddox #14 of the Pittsburgh Panthers breaks up a pass in front of Andrew Williams #80 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans sing 'Sweet Caroline' during the second half against the Youngstown State Penguins during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ during the second half against the Youngstown State Penguins during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05:  Jovon Durante #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dravon Askew-Henry #6 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first quarter during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Jovon Durante #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dravon Askew-Henry #6 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first quarter during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Daryl Worley #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers breaks up a pass intended for Ryan Longoria #31 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first half during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Daryl Worley #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers breaks up a pass intended for Ryan Longoria #31 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first half during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05:  Tyrek Cole #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a pass in front of Deshawntee Gallon #27 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Tyrek Cole #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a pass in front of Deshawntee Gallon #27 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Rushel Shell #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers stretches across the goal line for a touchdown in the second half against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Rushel Shell #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers stretches across the goal line for a touchdown in the second half against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Favian Upshaw #13 of the Georgia Southern Eagles sits on the turf after being sacked in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Favian Upshaw #13 of the Georgia Southern Eagles sits on the turf after being sacked in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Petra Kvitova plays Lucie Safarova  in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Ten days of photographing tennis with a incredible crew of friends and team members in New Haven, Connecticut for the 2015 Connecticut Open. You couldn’t ask for a better time with better people. And on top of that, the only precipitation we saw came on the first day for a few hours. Other than that we saw nothing but blue skies and quality tennis!

A huge thanks to friend and photographer, Billie Weiss, for getting me involved with the tournament and having the opportunity to work with Matt and company. Yet another flawless team effort! Not to mention having one of the best sandwiches of my life at Meat Company and ending our last night with a team photo that included the multi-talented Redfoo of LMFAO.

Looking forward to Indian Wells in March!

NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays  Tsvetana Pironkova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Sunday, August 23, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Tsvetana Pironkova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Sunday, August 23, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Red Foo of LMFAO demonstrates a swing during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Red Foo of LMFAO demonstrates a swing during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lauren Davis plays against Carina Witthoeft during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lauren Davis plays against Carina Witthoeft during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Magdalena Rybarikova plays Kaia Kanepi during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Magdalena Rybarikova plays Kaia Kanepi during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Sophie Chang stretches prior to her USONP match during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Sophie Chang stretches prior to her USONP match during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Laura Robson plays Christina McHale during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Laura Robson plays Christina McHale during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Laura Robson plays Christina McHale during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Laura Robson plays Christina McHale during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Daria Gavrilova during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Daria Gavrilova during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Military Appreciation Night takes place prior to the match between Agnieszka Radwanska and CoCo Vandeweghe on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Military Appreciation Night takes place prior to the match between Agnieszka Radwanska and CoCo Vandeweghe on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Polona Hercog plays Karolina Pliskova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Polona Hercog plays Karolina Pliskova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Kristina Mladenovic on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Kristina Mladenovic on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Kristina Mladenovic on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Kristina Mladenovic on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Alison Riske on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Alison Riske on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Irina-Camelia Begu on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Irina-Camelia Begu on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open) NEW HAVEN, CT:  Agnieszka Radwanska plays Alize Cornet on stadium court  during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Governor of Connecticut Dannel Malloy visits the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Governor of Connecticut Dannel Malloy visits the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lesia Tsurenko plays Lucie Safarova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lesia Tsurenko plays Lucie Safarova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Celebrities and former tennis pro's compete in the Men's Legends Pro-Am during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: John McEnroe competes in the Men’s Legends Pro-Am during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Jim Courier and James Blake share a moment during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: John McEnroe plays Jim Courier as part of the PowerShares series on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: John McEnroe plays Jim Courier as part of the PowerShares series on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Petra Kvitova kisses her trophy following her singles final win against Lucie Safarova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Last night This morning had all the feelings of an October playoff game. A loud, involved, sellout crowd. Nationally televised. A little controversy and drama. And the best two teams in major league baseball facing off against each other. Neither of which were willing to concede even into the early morning hours.

To have a game like this happen before the All-Star break is even underway is a pretty special thing to have been a part of. Its moments like these that remind me to appreciate exactly what it is that I get to do for a living on a daily basis.

It had all the makings of a great story. But putting my own words together and making them interesting is not my forte, so I’ll leave you with ten of my favorite images that hopefully do the storytelling that way. Enjoy!

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates argues with the umpires after being ejected following a called foul ball that resulted in a home run by Mark Reynolds #21 of the St Louis Cardinals in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates argues with the umpires after being ejected following a called foul ball that resulted in a home run by Mark Reynolds #21 of the St Louis Cardinals in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd from the dugout while receiving a standing ovation following his solo home run in the 5th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd from the dugout while receiving a standing ovation following his solo home run in the 5th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates collects a ground ball in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates collects a ground ball in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores safely in the 8th inning past Yadier Molina #4 of the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores safely in the 8th inning past Yadier Molina #4 of the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the St Louis Cardinals in the 13th inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the St Louis Cardinals in the 13th inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is smeared with whipped cream in the face by teammate A.J. Burnett #34 after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is smeared with whipped cream in the face by teammate A.J. Burnett #34 after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following his two-run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following his two-run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

We are officially one-third of the way through the major league baseball season. As a photographer, it’s always a good idea to reevaluate and look back on your progress made. It’s a healthy routine to get into as I think it helps keep us all from becoming complacent and forces us to always be improving. There’s certainly no sense in making the same images at the same event, all year long. In order to have a diverse, yet complete look to your body of work, you need to explore all angles, light, etc. Approaching the same assignment with a different lens or focal length can make a huge difference. Having a little bit of luck fall your way is always nice too!

Take chances. For every image I’ve ever ‘made’, I’ve also missed some moments as well. That’s just the nature of the business we’re in. Of course we always hear the saying, “Go where everyone else isn’t”, but the reason we hear that so often is because it’s still so true. Sometimes it’s the only reason we have. Sometimes it works out. And when it does, it’s always worth it.

Obviously we all have jobs to do at these events. There are always clients to please and typically a small window to fit it all into on deadline. But get to your assignment early, explore, fulfill your client’s needs, then go and show the world how you see things. But be patient. Just like in the game of baseball, you may only find that unique picture once every few times you attempt to go after it. However, batting .300 is a really good statistic to have, even if it doesn’t include a home run.

Here is a small collection of my favorite images so far this season from PNC Park. Enjoy!

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Sleet falls onto the field in the top of the seventh inning during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs  at PNC Park on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Sleet falls onto the field in the top of the seventh inning during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 15: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates grabs a bat from the dugout during batting practice prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 15: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates grabs a bat from the dugout during batting practice prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 21: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs walks down the hallway before taking the field for batting practice prior to his first MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 21: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs walks down the hallway before taking the field for batting practice prior to his first MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: A fan waves a Batman flag prior to the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: A fan waves a Batman flag prior to the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 19:  Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 15: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers while wearing the #42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day during the game at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 15: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers while wearing the #42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day during the game at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 19:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 19: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 19: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ball at first base in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 19: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ball at first base in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 10: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to flip the ball to first base in the second inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on May 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 10: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to flip the ball to first base in the second inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on May 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Eric Campbell #29 of the New York Mets attempts to catch a fly ball in foul territory in the first row of seats during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: Eric Campbell #29 of the New York Mets attempts to catch a fly ball in foul territory in the first row of seats during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to catch a home run hit by Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets in the 8th inning during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to catch a home run hit by Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets in the 8th inning during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: The view of Mount Washington can be seen as fans look on during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: The view of Mount Washington can be seen as fans look on during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23:  Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 20: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 20: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 05: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsurgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 05: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsurgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 05:  Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsurgh Pirates flips the ball to teammate Jordy Mercer #10 before turning a double play in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 05: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsurgh Pirates flips the ball to teammate Jordy Mercer #10 before turning a double play in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24:  Francisco Liriano #47 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates share a moment in the dugout in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Francisco Liriano #47 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates share a moment in the dugout in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: AJ. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks down the stairs past the Roberto Clemente quote on the wall before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: AJ. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks down the stairs past the Roberto Clemente quote on the wall before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Opening Day. My favorite holiday. Well, it’s not so much a holiday for me as it is for a lot of kids who get to skip school for a baseball game. But it still brings the same sense of joy and excitement that it does for those kids playing hooky.

It also gives me an added reason to go out and mingle with the people and shoot some features. Some years it has been miserable, rainy, and cold. But yesterday topped 80 degrees and according to Dave Arrigo, the Pirates team photographer, it was probably the warmest he’s ever experienced. That brought everyone out, including one of the coolest parts about Pittsburgh – the Allegheny River boat tailgaters. What a better way to enjoy the weather, catch a ball game, AND avoid the busy traffic and parking that comes with it! I even met some folks aboard ‘JAWS’ who have been coming for over 30 years.

Now, every opening day is a bit hectic. It’s always packed full of media, no matter how good or bad your team may be that year. And there are surely many parts to the ceremony before the first pitch even gets thrown. But if you just take it in stride and enjoy the fresh smell of pine tar, the sights of the lush green grass, and the sound of the ball against the back of a mit, your attitude will help reveal those pictures that encapsulate the first day of baseball season.

Welcome back, Buccos!

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Principal owner and Chairman of the Board Bob Nutting of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Principal owner and Chairman of the Board Bob Nutting of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jung Ho Hang #27 and Tony Sanchez #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates greet each other during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Jung Ho Hang #27 and Tony Sanchez #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates greet each other during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Pittsburgh Pirates fans tailgate on their boat, JAWS, docked along the Allegheny River in front of PNC Park prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Pittsburgh Pirates fans tailgate on their boat, JAWS, docked along the Allegheny River in front of PNC Park prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks through the hallway before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks through the hallway before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates the 5-4 win against the Detroit Tigers with teammate Neil Walker during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates the 5-4 win against the Detroit Tigers with teammate Neil Walker during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)