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Feb 10, 2011 21:29 |  #1

Shot my first professional sporting event last night for The Lantern! The Blue Jackts lost an early 2 point lead and lost 3-2. Any C&C would be much appreciated.

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Feb 10, 2011 23:20 |  #2

Great shots!


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Feb 11, 2011 00:24 |  #3

Nice! What kind of access do you get to shoot? Through those little holes in the glass or are you able to get on the benches?


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Feb 11, 2011 08:21 |  #4

very nicely done all around. you might bump exposure another 1/3 to get that ice really white but if I'm your editor, I'm not complaining.


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Feb 11, 2011 09:09 |  #5

Stick I was at a photo hole a little past the blue line closer to the goal. Wasn't the best spot because you didn't get any really good angles for the shots on goal, but it wasn't bad. My access for Ohio State games is better since there are less people covering it, I can get to the benches then. And namasste I actually used the recovery in Lightroom to bring down the exposure on the ice, so I'll try a little less recovery.


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Feb 11, 2011 09:14 |  #6

malibubts wrote in post #11821945 (external link)
And namasste I actually used the recovery in Lightroom to bring down the exposure on the ice, so I'll try a little less recovery.

in the end, you and your editor are the ones that need to be happy with them. as I mentioned, they are very nice captures and my comment is just how my eyes see them.


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Feb 11, 2011 11:44 as a reply to  @ namasste's post |  #7

I think they are a tiny bit underexposed as well, but having said that and as little as I know about shooting hockey, I will say:

Shooting hockey is one of the most difficult sports to cover, and to do it well is even harder!

Just my opinion: shots without the puck have to be off the charts cool or story-telling to be usable, "no puck, no face - no use"

A lot of stuff happens on the ice, and happens very fast, try and slow down or freeze the action and compress it into a single moment or frame (tough to do, but worth a try)

You shouldn't care what the score is [period] you should be objective and tell the story of the game, who were the key players, what were the key plays, what was the turning point of the game, did the entire game hinge on the goalie, or one key play . . .

I don't know if that makes any sense to you, but if you are shooting for a paper you should be looking for that one single image that tells the story of the entire game in a bold and iconic way because that is the one single image that will run on the front page.


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Feb 11, 2011 14:03 |  #8

for what its worth, when I shoot hockey, I spot meter some scraped up ice in av mode and get a base setting. Then I use that base, switch to manual, overexpose the base by roughly 1-2 stops and bingo..bright white ice and well exposed players. If I need more shutter, I just dial in some added ISO and then bump the shutter accordingly.

here's a sample of the result..(ambient 1/500th, 1600 ISO, f2.8)

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Feb 11, 2011 14:08 |  #9

for somebody with his hands truly full with other things I must admit ... ya still got it!!!

Great work Scott. Exposure, WB, color and focus. All pretty much nailed.

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Feb 11, 2011 14:19 |  #10

snyderman wrote in post #11823759 (external link)
for somebody with his hands truly full with other things I must admit ... ya still got it!!!

Great work Scott. Exposure, WB, color and focus. All pretty much nailed.

dave

thanks Dave, now if I can only figure out what all those buttons are for! :lol: Hope you've been well and that we cross paths sometime soon.


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Feb 11, 2011 14:53 |  #11

I actually like shot #2, without the puck.. the goaltender trying to see through Couture... probably on the powerplay.. one of my better shots all year was two girls sparring in front of the goaltender with her peering out the side trying to see


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Feb 11, 2011 16:11 as a reply to  @ DHMN's post |  #12

#2 and #4 for me!

I've been trying to learn hockey shots as well since I now have a season media pass to shoot our local LV Wranglers play. (I'm giddy every time I shoot... I love hockey and have been a season ticket holder for 5 years now).

I'm still a newb at this, but I'd love to see a tight crop on #4 to get an up-close representation of the effort and toughness these guys have.

Your pics are super sharp too! I'm a bit jealous you got to shoot an NHL game...but one day maybe I'll get lucky.




  
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Feb 11, 2011 17:49 |  #13

I think the tight crop idea on #4 may work.. but some people also feel as the stick is an extension of the body part and shouldn't be cropped, just like arms and legs.


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Feb 11, 2011 18:27 |  #14

1 & 4 show the most tension and are my favorites of the lot. In general, getting the puck is important, but if the action is good enough (big check, fights, etc.) shots without the pucks can also be keepers.


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Feb 11, 2011 18:33 |  #15

Nice shots but you need more focus on the Sharks. Go SHARRRRRRKS!!!


Oh yeah, bump your exposure a little. The ice is tricky.


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