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Mar 12, 2014 09:18 |  #1

Be a professional sports photographer, they said. It will be fun, they said.


I recently started working in Columbus, and part of our coverage includes the local NHL team, The Blue Jackets. I've shot probably six or seven of their games since I've been here and had a great experience with it. We shoot through a hole in the glass at this arena, which I'm told by other sports photographers is becoming a real rarity anymore. So I consider it a privilege, because it's awesome. I've yet to find another sport where you get to shot from so close to the action... actually.. except NASCAR. For some reason they let you shoot an arms length away from the cars at NASCAR, but that's another story. :lol:

So anyway, the hole looks like this. About the size of a postcard, and we shoot with a 28-300L push/pull zoom down there. We shoot with arena strobes, so we lock in at f/5.6 and this lens becomes the perfect tool for the job. Never thought I'd have anything positive to say about that lens, but it's perfect for this. However, that push/pull motion is awkward... keep that in mind.. it comes into play later.

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You pay close attention down there because anything can come through the whole. I've had sticks poke through, I've had near misses with pucks almost getting through, I've witness other people have lenses wrecked by pucks, etc. You get ice spray in your face a handful of times each game... it's exciting. It's crazy to shoot so close to the action.

But you have to make sure you're watch where everything is going on. Fortunately, that push/pull lens, if you're following the action, you kind of naturally retract from the glass as they get closer. You're pulling in on that lens to keep them in frame, and that usually lands you well off the glass before a player gets checked into the boards right there.

So last night, I was shooting down there without the strobes. I was using my 70-200 down there and really enjoying the change of pace. Being able to shoot burst on the 1Dx instead having to shoot on the strobe cycle was great. Shooting with a more natural motion of the 70-200's zoom ring instead of push/pull was nice too. I was missing that wide angle for when the players got close, but I was on top of everything going on in front of the goal, which is more important anyway, right?

However, I'd been in the motion of that push/pull for the whole time I've been shooting hockey, and in the mode of seeing a bit wider than 70mm when I needed to. Not to mention, the idea that as you zoom out, the lens gets shorter. You see... as I zoomed out on the 70-200... it stayed the same length, and that meant it wasn't coming away from the glass as two players slammed into it, right where my hole was... right were the end of my lens was.

My lens was popped back by the players, and my camera into my face. What I'm thinking was the hotshoe caught me right in the mouth. Chipped my tooth pretty good.
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Largest piece of the chip I could find.
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Fortunately, I have today off of work to figure out who/when/where this is going to get fixed, so we'll see how it goes.


Anyway, just thought I'd share my experience for everyone's entertainment. Heads up out there, and in case your had been wondering, the 1DX is harder than teeth!

At least I fit in with the hockey guys now.

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Mar 12, 2014 09:38 |  #2

Dang, that sucks. Hope you can get that fixed up alright.

On the plus side, like you mentioned, you will now and forever be accepted in the hockey fraternity. :)


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Mar 12, 2014 10:04 as a reply to  @ rdalrt's post |  #3

Painful, but a minor injury compared to what happened to David Poile, who was not fortunate enough to be behind protective glass when a puck hit him in the face. (external link)




  
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Mar 12, 2014 17:06 |  #4

Oh Gee! Hope you get it fixed. Wear a gumshield next time ;-)a


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Mar 12, 2014 18:36 |  #5

Coulda been worse if your mouth was closed!!


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Mar 12, 2014 18:54 |  #6

That sucks, but at least it's something that can be fixed!




  
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Mar 12, 2014 21:43 |  #7

All better!

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Mar 13, 2014 21:06 |  #8

Good as new!


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