Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ice Hockey

Taking assignments from newspaper is good in a way that forces you to explore what you have not had the chance to explore. I never did sport photography. Last week was the ice hockey match between University of Calgary and University of Alberta teams. I had with myself a 70-200mm and a 18-105mm and I used both of them. The arena was well lit but I am still puzzled about setting the white balance. I read that white balance for a hockey game is very tricky and I did not have a white card to fix that and even if I had, I saw that half of my photos are green and half are pink without changing anything ! It was weird ! Some of this pinkish stuff is the artifact of taking photos from behind the dirty and scratched glass around the arena. Anyway, lets make it short, It was a lot of fun, I suggest you do it and don't forget to take both wide and telephoto lenses.

Ice hockey is such a fast paced game and it is not possible to compare it to soccer or any other sport that I have seen before. It also has a certain amount of violence and that just makes it super amazing;) here is a photo of a body check that happened right in front of me.

Body Check

Calgary scored in this photo. However the final result of the match was Alberta 5-2 Calgary. The goalie of the UofA was amazing.

Watching ice hockey is for sure entertaining. Sitting in a safe place and drinking beer while players are butchering each other (metaphorically speaking) reminded me of Gladiator fights in Rome.


  1. Those are amazing photos which you took .for first experience they are excellent.
    good luck:))

  2. How did you capture the scoring moment? Did you use burst mode?

  3. Wow, amazing sport shots !
    You've a very impressive portfolio ! You've my vote for you on coolphotoblog from France ! Well done !!