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19th of January 2010 (Tue), 17:09
A selection of shots taken from my local rink at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.
All shots taken using a Canon 50D and 100-400,still need to get myself a 2.8 lens but holiday comes first this year!
19th of January 2010 (Tue), 18:43
For hockey (well really any sport) capturing a players face is extremely important and you have not done this in the bulk of the shots here except 1 and 5 (goalie) with 5 being way out of focus.
Speaking of this, the 1/250 shutter speed I saw in EXIF on #5 is way too slow for hockey. At a minimum you need 1/400, preferably higher if light allows.
If at all possible try and get lower to the ice and shoot through glass at players as they come up the ice toward you. You will have better success at capturing faces. Plus, players moving toward you allow you to get away with slower shutter speeds, than players moving across your lens.
Hockey is a tough sport to shoot. THe light at your rink looks good. Keep your shutter speeds as high as you can and get lower and you will get some better results.
20th of January 2010 (Wed), 05:05
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Sadly the light at the rink isnt that great,the shutter speed of 1/250th is with the ISO set at 8400 and aperture wide open,with the pictures then lightened on PS.
And I have tried the shots through the plexi for ice level shots,but again the plexi is so old and battered that I dont think there is a square inch that isnt scraped to bits,hence all the shots are taken from up in the seats.
Until I get a 2.8 I guess I am stuck with what I can get.
20th of January 2010 (Wed), 10:09
Nice shots Ross, I like #2 especially nothing like the netminder robbing the top corner.
20th of January 2010 (Wed), 12:23
Ross..... X2 on Chris' comments, good job shooting under those conditions. Would they let you shoot from a ladder between the hash marks and the goal line? I have shot from a 8 ft ladder and pulled up the nylon mesh netting to get in a better spot. Using a 300 2.8 you catch all of the action coming at you and then with a 70-200 2.8 you are able to get the crease action. Those Uk jerseys are busy with all of the advertising, but if that helps the teams pay for ice time that is great!!!
20th of January 2010 (Wed), 15:16
Great job for the conditions. I guess the biggest suggestion is the faces, you gotta get the faces in sports photos. Makes the difference for sure!
20th of January 2010 (Wed), 16:35
Thanks everyone for their critique on this.
Sadly we have the benches set on opposite sides of the rink from each other so the idea of stepladders goes out the window,I know I really need a 2.8 but unfortunately thats not a possibility at the moment.
The common comment is the faces situation so will definitely take that onboard!
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