Old Time Hockey

Photo of the Day

Last night I went to Kankakee, Illinois to photograph the Purdue Ice Hockey team. I have not attended a hockey game since the last time that I saw Purdue play in 2010. Three years is a long time to go without seeing hockey. For some reason I thought that I would be able to just get back into the swing of things and make some interesting hockey photos. I was right, but it took a while to get back into the flow. I thought I was doing okay during the first period, but looking at my photos I can see that I really was still getting into the game. By the third period though I think that I hit my stride, and I was following the action much better. They say that hockey is a hard sport to watch because it is hard to follow the puck. Imagine doing that through a viewfinder. I enjoyed my time at the rink tonight, and I hope to get back soon.

You can see more of the images from the game here if you like. I used my 24-70mm for the first two periods on my 60D, and my 70-200mm for the third period on that body. I also had my fisheye lens on my old Rebel to capture the action on the boards right in front of me. I feel that the setup worked fairly well.

Technical Data

I shoot in RAW, and sometimes that is a good thing. With dead spots on the ice I had to adjust the exposure on several images. This was one of them. For some reason it was much darker near this goal. I was shooting in manual so it was a compromise as to what I could do. I just shot with the good ice in mind knowing that I could fix the dead spot pictures in post.

Game Video

I had my Go Pro mounted on the glass behind the Robert Morris goal the entire game. I was shooting video with the intention of maybe grabbing some stills from it. I ended up getting some good goal videos though. I have only processed one so far, but it is of my nephew Brandt scoring in the second period. It was a hard fought goal, and I am glad that I have the video of it. You can view it below.

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