As usual, I started my shooting, looking for cool fans. (For these shots, I quickly switch the camera from manual mode to aperture priority and from servo focus to fixed focus.)
And then I shot some of the warm-ups. I love this shot of Patrick Kane playing with the puck.
The game started a little slow for the US team. Not too far into the game, a penalty was called on the Slovakian team, and I grabbed this shot of Jonathan Quick skating over to the bench, to get an extra skater on the ice.
There was a lot of good action in front of the net. I should also mention that I was much happier with my photos today, as compared to those from the last couple of games. I swear that my 70-200mm lens was front focusing. In other words, it seemed to be focusing a couple of inches off where I thought it should be. I took it over to Canon's repair desk last night at 11pm and got it back this afternoon. It is MUCH sharper now. I am glad to have that problem solved.
A close call for the Americans in the first period.
The Slovakian team scored in the first 30 seconds of the second period. But I think that this just woke up the Americans and they went on a scoring rampage.
Dustin Brown celebrating a goal.
Another puck in the net. One of 7 for the night.
Time to celebrate...
Unlike the NHL, the Olympics does not have any holes in the plexiglass, so we have to shoot through that. This severely limits the angles in which we can shoot. In this case, I was able to shoot pretty far to my right and not get very much distortion from the glass.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, we photographers love it when the puck is in the frame.
One advantage of me sitting near the players bench, is that I can get up and shoot some images of the players when they are not on the ice.
Yep - another score...
...and more celebrating. I was very happy that the American's scored so many goals in the second period, since this was the side where I was shooting from.
James van Riemsdyk scored on this shot. As a photographer, the challenge for me is determining whether to capture the shooter or the goaltender. In this case, I stayed on James, and I am glad that I did.
The Slovakian team changed their goalie, but Peter Budai didn't fare much better than the previous goaltender, Jaroslav Halak.
I caught this moment when the US goalie, Jonathan Quick, came over to the bench to cool off. It would have been a much better photo is I was not shooting through plexiglass...but...
All smiles on the US bench.
I like this moment, not because it is significant to the outcome, but because it shows a different part of the game, where a player is just casually talking to the ref during a break.
A scoring chance for the Slovakians...
If you read the last blog post, about my shooting workflow, I mentioned that I was using a remote camera. I had the Canon 1DX, with a 16-35mm lens, mounted on a Manfrotto magic arm, using the Superclamp, and I was firing it with a Pocketwizard. Every time there was action down at the other end of the ice, I would wirelessly fire the camera from my position. This was the best of my remote shots.
One interesting point here for all of you. Each photographer is assigned a specific wireless channel, so that we are not firing each other's cameras. But in my case, I was able to get a custom frequency from the good people at Pocketwizrd, so this would not be an issue. And, they are only allowing two cameras to be fired remotely behind the nets (one on each side), I am lucky to be one of those people.
More fan reactions. But this was fun to shoot, because these are some of the parents of the USA women players. I met them at the team party last night, so they flagged me down and we talked for a couple of minutes. This is the benefit of shooting for the team. I get a chance to meet the athletes and their families, which makes it even more special for me.
One last stop by Jonathan Quick and the game was over with a final score of 7 to 1.
Well...they are now introducing Team Canada, so I am heading back to the ice to shoot more photos.