PHOTO BY BARNICK

Photo By Barnick

The Story Behind the Shots

Fisheye for Hockey

I purchased my fisheye lens for the major reason of  shooting football games where the players run onto the field at the start.  While I’ve enjoyed the look for those shots (I’ll do a separate blog post for fisheye for football), I didn’t realize just how much I would enjoy the fisheye lens for other sports, especially hockey.  

The fisheye lens I use on my Sony A9 is the TTArtisan 11mm F2.8 lens.  It’s my only manual focus lens and for a fisheye you really don’t need autofocus.  And it only costs approximately $200 which as I’ve mentioned elsewhere is very cheap for a solid camera lens.

The key with capturing action with a fisheye lens is you have to be REALLY close to the action.  Otherwise, the players in the shot will appear small.  Here’s a shot of Luca Fantilli bringing in the puck against Notre Dame.  It may not look like it but I am VERY close to the players here:

Luca Fantilli Michigan Hockey
Luca Fantilli Michigan Hockey

The fisheye really helps in close-quarters.  Here’s the Michigan warmup routine which is done in a hallway outside their locker rooms.  It’s a shot of Josh Ernisse running down the hallway.  I tried panning with him as I took the shot:

Josh Eernisse Michigan Hockey
Josh Eernisse Michigan Hockey

While I dislike shooting through the glass in comparison to shooting through the hole, for some reason on some fisheye shots I don’t find the effects too distracting and I enjoy the images.  Here’s Seamus Casey starting the play from his own zone against Michigan State:

 

Defenseman Seamus Casey Michigan Hockey
Defenseman Seamus Casey Michigan Hockey

Finally, for environmental shots where you want to get “everything” in the shot, it’s hard to beat a fisheye.  Here’s a photo of Michigan being introduced before the game against Notre Dame, and then a shot of Michigan after they scored against Michigan State:

Michigan Hockey Introduction Fisheye
Michigan Hockey Introduction Fisheye

 

 

Michigan Hockey Fisheye
Michigan Hockey Fisheye

While you certainly couldn’t make a living in sports photography while shooting only with a fisheye (or even mostly with a fisheye), it does have its place and can produce some fun pictures.  

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