Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I thought playing ice hockey was humbling -- until, last night, I tried to photograph my friends' upper division game at the Pasadena rink.
Check out the results here. One of the better shots is above and it's not that good.
Yeah, I know. I suck!
I've spent some time reading up on photographing ice hockey today and here are a few things I've learned:
•It may be a good idea to rent a fast telephoto lens. I used my Nikon 70 to 200 mm 4-5.6 telephoto. Too slow. Way too slow. My Nikon 5100 DSLR is perfectly good -- but these cameras are only as good as the lens you put on them.
•At the least I should ditch the lens (or rented a good one) because the autofocus is busted -- and ice hockey is a big-time test of autofocus because of the speed and poor lighting.
•Don't use shutter speeds of less than 1/1,000 second. I was shooting on 1/250th to 1/400th and that was generally no good. I don't think shooting through the glass helped -- may be best to hang out near the bench and be careful you don't bonked with a puck or stick.
Here is a good post on shooting ice hockey. Basic tips: fast lens, high shutter speed, high ISO and find a clean spot in the glass. I'm looking forward to trying again -- God knows the sport is photogenic enough.
After seven seasons of trying, my team finally won a division title at the Pasadena rink. The division 4 Pasadena Cup, it turns out, is bigger than your average salad bowl.
This is my dog T-Bear enjoying breakfast from the Cup the morning after we won it. I downed my beer from it the preceding evening but I'd drink from it anywhere, anytime.
The Cup has since moved on to another teammate who I pray is heaping other indignities upon it.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
L.A. Kings parade -- Drew Doughty and Dustin Penner, a photo by JulieAndSteve on Flickr.
Penner definitely should not have shaved. He should have built a cabin in the mountains and become the next Grizzly Adams.
Best shot I got at the parade today in downtown L.A. That's Justin Williams at right, Brad Richardson holding the orange phone and Slava Voynov (#26).
Monday, June 11, 2012
D2 French League - Tours 1 vs 6 Amneville - Playoffs D2 - 2st leg of 1/2 finals - 07/04/2012, a photo by Tom - Photographie on Flickr.
Another one by this shooter, who is quite awesome. This is thr D2 Fremch League.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
D2 French League - Annecy 6 - 4 Amneville - Playoffs D2 - 1st final - 14/04/2012, a photo by Tom - Photographie on Flickr.
Nice one from France. Colorful unis over there.