Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hockey, hockey and more hockey

I am a little behind on blogging all my images, and thought that I would combine some of my favorite hockey images over the last 3 or 4 days into this one blog post.

So with that... enjoy!

USA Women vs Canada

This was the toughest match of the tournament, as expected, and a preview of tomorrow's gold medal game.

The woman played a strong game with a lot of shots on goal.

And our goalie did a good job of stopping pucks...

...but just not enough.

I don't get this shot in the NHL.


And celebration!

This is an unusual shot, with the puck right in front of the goalie, and her looking completely in the wrong direction.

This little get together happened in the third period. I just fired away, and laughed later when I saw the Canadian woman in the front smiling at Amanda Kessel.

And then a couple of frames later I got this photo of the Canadian goaltender taking a swing at Monique Lamoureux-Morando

The American ladies played really well but came up short on this one. I hope that tomorrow is a different story. For this Olympics, I want nothing more than a gold medal for these ladies. Redemption for what happened 4 years ago in Sochi.

USA Women vs Finland

The women of Team USA dominated this game from start to finish.

I love the stick flex in this photo.

I backhand maneuver to the side of the net..and a score!

Dani Cameranesi had this big smile as she skated back to the bench after scoring her goal.

I love getting shots of the fans in the crowd, but it is even more fun when it is my friends, Kevin and Gayla, from back home in CA.

The American women kept scoring, and the had the game in hand at 5 to 0.

With the game pretty much locked up, I decided to do something I have NEVER done before, and that is motion panning a hockey game. And it yielded some pretty cool shots.

This one is hanging on the wall at Canon's CPS desk at the Main Press Center.

A solid win for the ladies and a trip to the gold medal game tomorrow. GO TEAM USA!!!

USA Men vs Slovakia

The team likes me to take photos of the warm-ups before the game so that they can post to social media prior to the start. I got this shot of Ryan Donato saucing (lifting) the puck right at me.

Mark Arcobello saw me standing at the glass taking photos and gave me this smile. Love it!

Then it was game time.

I use a combination of a Canon 70-200mm lens on one Canon 1D X MKII camera and a Canon 8-15mm fish eye lens on another Canon 1D X MKII camera.

I love this shot of Brian Gionta jumping off the ice. Unfortunately I was pre-focused on the goalie, but it is still worth keeping.

For the second period, I decided to stand at a higher position (not on the glass) to get a different perspective. It is also much easier to shoot without scratched plexi in front of me.

Another jump, but this time for a goal.

And a celebration...

I saw this fan celebrating below me, and decided to focus on him and let the players go out of focus. Something different.

And another goal.

And another celebration.

Shoot and repeat!

And since I had some luck the game before, I decided to do some motion panning again.

The game ended with the US victorious and moving on to yet another game. I am actually finishing this blog post from ice level in between warm-ups and the next men's game. Let's go boys!

After the game, I went into the mix zone to get some shots of the guys as they came off the ice.

Big smiles all around and they continue their quest for a medal. We will know more in about 3 hours. :)

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