Photo By Barnick
The Story Behind the Shots
Shooting Michigan vs Team USA Under 18 (USA U18)
This was a high scoring back and forth game that finished in Michigan’s favor 7-6. It was an exhibition game and also didn’t feature some of Michigan’s best talent as they had just finished playing in the World Juniors and weren’t available for this game. For example, Adam Fantilli wasn’t playing. So, It gave me a chance to get some photos of players that hadn’t been showcased on the team as much, such as Philipe Lapointe and Kienan Draper.
Out of all the games I’ve shot, this game gave me the best action shots that I’ve ever taken. I also had a hole to shoot through for all three periods, which really made the shooting more enjoyable and the editing easier.
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 love the drive to the net by Mackie Samoskevich (the first four photos of the website). I love how he protects the puck, drives hard to the net, and finished strong. With 20 fps on the Sony A9 with the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 ii lens, I got many shots on this sequence beyond what is shown on the website. A few extra are shown below. The first one I didn’t like as much as the puck is a little further away from the stick which diminishes the anticipation slightly. Still a fun shot! The second shot has the puck more shielded by the stick and so not as visible. The third shot has some great action from the goalie especially but the puck is again slightly hidden by the stick. This is where the 20fps really comes in handy. I get to pick and choose. However, it is very difficult to decide on the best shots – something that I never thought I’d complain about!
2. Two shots showing Seamus Casey doing his Bobby Orr imitation. First is the start of his descent (with his skate dangerously close to Noah West). Second shot is where he is near the end of his fall. The others where he went down were soft in focus. Sony A9 with the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 ii lens.
3. Jackson Hallum’s shots had some good eye focus. For some reason I’m attracted most to this image as I like the sticks crossing at an angle above the puck. And some on the bench are standing in the background.
4. In many photographs, group celebrations after a goal only shows the celebrating team. In this case I was lucky enough to also get the goalie in the background (Goalie Michael Chambre) washing his face with the water bottle.
5. Michigan had a lot of trouble getting out-numbered right at the net. This will happen again and will be discussed below, but this example shows two men below the lowest Michigan defender.
6. I love the photos where the slap shot is in the frame with the goalie. This is one of them (the puck is wizzing by Noah West’s right shoulder – then unfortunately into the net).
7. Jimmy Snuggerud was tough for Michigan to handle. Both on Team USA and later on the University of Minnesota Gophers.
8. I like that I have Eric Ciccolini’s eyes in focus on both shots when on defense, considering I’m shooting for Michigan.
9. The eyes of Noah West!
10. Not sure if others will like this seeing that the receiving player is out of focus and you don’t normally want players backs to the cameras, but I think it works here for Ethan Edwards.
11. A Simple portrait shot of Kai Janviriya (Team USA).
12. Nervous time! Three on zero break by Team USA. Team USA was down by one goal and were able to get a 3-0 break on Michigan with under ten seconds left. How that could happen is beyond me, as I’ve never seen anything like this before. Noah West made some key saves (I believe three of them) to keep the lead.
13. Goalie Noah West getting some greatly deserved appreciation.