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Shooting Michigan vs Ohio State Hockey
Michigan/OSU for the chance to go to the Big Ten Hockey Championship game! WooHoo! The crowd was so lively and the emotion just continued to build throughout the game.
I was not assigned a hole for any period of the game. However, about 2 minutes into the first period, another photographer asked me if I’d like to use the hole in the glass that she had as she preferred the position from which I was shooting (I was at the end with the action coming toward me and the hole was along the side a bit beyond the faceoff circle). For reference, the first two shots on the website (shown below) of Adam Fantilli were taken through the hole. I jumped at the chance to shoot there!
When shooting through the glass, I’ve figured out ways to handle this so the shots are as clear and sharp with minimal reflections as I can get. First, I shoot with a lens with a mid-range focal length. I find that if I shoot at 200mm through the glass, for some reason the images suffer even more in sharpness. Also, I don’t shoot with an ultra wide angle as it is more likely to pick up smudges and imperfections in the glass. So I put away the 70-200mm as well as the 16-35mm and shoot with the Tamron 28-75 F2.8 ii lens. Autofocus is fast with this lens so that really helps. I’m however down from 20 fps to 15 fps but not a huge deal at all. This is paired with my Sony A9.
For the time I had shooting through the hole, I figured I would shoot exclusively with the 16-35 and the 70-200 as I would not be using these lenses at all when I’m relegated back to behind the glass.
Regarding the photos:
1. The first two photos featuring Adam Fantilli were shot with the 16-35mm F4 lens. Most of my shots in the past are pretty tight on the players so it is really nice to get a more atmospheric shot. I’ve done that for faceoffs before but not so much for something like this. One of my concerns with these two photos is the thought that anyone with a cell phone could take these images, and I want my images to stand out. But regardless, I still like them a lot. Maybe it’s just a sign of how well cell phone cameras have improved. These images were shot at 1/1600 second F4 at 16mm. First image iso 1000, second image iso 2500. Full frame – no cropping.
2. Regarding the celebration sequence after Mackie Samoskevich scored a goal, I was in the perfect place for it. Here is one of the additional shots of the celebration that weren’t included on the website. Some of these were because of reflections in the glass but I still like them.
3. The sequence with Jackson Hallum attempting to score turned out well. The reflections in the glass were eliminated by shooting down slightly. Jackson Hallum did not score on this attempt, as evidenced by this extra shot below.
4. Usually you need to see the puck in order to have a good action shot. However, I really enjoy the next two shots. The first one shows Nick Granowicz and Erik Portillo staring at what has to be the puck which is out of the frame. The clarity of this shot through the glass is surprising to me. The next shot of Adam Fantilli is just a good overall image of him in my opinion.
5. The sequence involving Rutger McGroarty scoring was a fun capture. Not overly clear but good enough IMO. I have a couple extra shots below where the puck wasn’t the only thing that made it in the net.
6. The shot of Luke Hughes in the center of the frame (after the goal by Rutger McGroarty) is to me a great celebration shot. It’s very simple but still a dramatic image.