Photo By Barnick
The Story Behind the Shots
Shooting Michigan vs Penn State Hockey
This was as exciting a game as I’ve been at in a long time. Michigan was down 2-0 within one minute of the first period, and was down 4-1 before eventually pulling it out. Plenty of celebration shots to take. Defenseman Luke Hughes scored 4 goals. Tremendous game!!
Shots on the website are pretty evenly split between the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 ii, Tamron 28-75mm ii, and the Canon 16-35 F4.
Regarding the photos:
1. I’ve been watching some videos of Jeff Cable and he discusses how he likes to do a lot of panning at the Olympics to make his shots different from the other 1000 photographers. So I decided to give it a go during the warmup. It is not easy and I’ll have to practice it a lot more! I shot many that didn’t work out where everything was either blury or just not interesting. I do like the one included on the website with Luke Hughes. His head seems to be reasonably sharp while everything else has varying degrees of lack of focus. That is the first image below. I’ve posted below that two examples of images that didn’t work out.
All three of these images were shot with the Canon R6 and the 16-35 F4L lens. All were shot at 1/30s at F4. Iso of 500.
2. The two images of Luke Hughes and the rest of the team celebrating at the other end of the rink turned out much better than I thought. I almost deleted them as the players were far away and mostly with their backs to me. Cropping was important here. How to crop obviously is subjective and I decided not to go too tight on the players so that I could get more of the crowd’s celebration with it. I’ve posted below an original full frame image as well as the cropped image to show what was done. Once you look at the full frame shot, you’ll probably see why it was almost deleted. Glad I didn’t!
3. I’ve mentioned in other blogs that I simply love wide angle shots when the players are close to you. You get the action up close plus the arena and atmosphere in the background. Just love it!