Photo By Barnick
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Shooting Michigan vs MSU Hockey (December 10, 2022)
This was my first time shooting with the Canon 16-35mm F4 lens. In fact, it was delivered at 3:34 pm gameday and the game was at 6:30. There certainly wasn’t much time to check it out before going to the game, but it’s not a difficult lens to handle. After shooting with it, I’m so glad I got it. Most hockey images seem to be shot between 50-200mm, so this gives (especially at 16mm) a different perspective for me.
Michigan won the game 2-1.
Regarding the photos:
1. The first image on the website has IMO an old-school look to it. In fact it was shot with ISO 25600 and I didn’t use any denoise on it whatsoever in order to keep the gritty look in the image. The image was shot using the 16-35mm lens at 16mm and 1/1000s at F4. I like this image a lot so I’ve put below two additional black and white versions of the image. The first is again with no noise reduction, and the second is using the new Lightroom noise reduction feature.
2. With the 16-35mm lens, I’m finally able to get a full shot of the team in their traditional pre-game pose. With Luke Hughes head being up, this is my favorite of the bunch.
3. The image of T. J. Hughes skating during warmup was an attempt to use panning. Because he was relatively still while skating (ie no head, arm, or leg motions), this attempt was the only shot out of several that worked out. 1/100s at F4. Sony A9 with Tamron 28-75 2.8 version 2 lens. ISO 100 (amazing for an indoor rink!).
One key thing to remember when doing panning: reset your settings! Here is a shot that was mistakenly taken with the “panning” settings. Didn’t turn out all that bad though!
4. Faceoffs are a lot of fun to shoot at 16mm!
5. Man, you sure can tell the difference between shots taken through a hole and the shots taken through the glass. The next two images show the difference very well. The first image with Johnny Druskinis of Michigan smiling is through the glass. It’s certainly not a bad shot at all but would look about 40-50% better through the hole. The image just has that “fuzziness” that is common to shots through the glass.
Take a look at the next shot and you can see that everything is nice and clear. This image is shot with the 16-35mm lens (again) and I just love having a good sized view of the arena with players up close.
6. The next three images have Nick Granowicz trying to block a shot in front of Erik Portillo. Nice and clean looking through a hole. All shot with the Sony A9 70-200mm F2.8 ii lens. 1/1600s at F2.8. Iso 1000.
7. Finally, I think this is a fun shot of Erik Portillo.