Hockey from the stands
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pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1139
Country: United States

Hi there
Went to my first hockey game, was high in the stands with company, but tried my hand at shooting anyway. Looked at the other hockey shots in the forum, looks like ice level is the place to be, though some of the pics I had interested me enough to ask the following questions. C&C or suggestions welcome, I don't normally shoot sports but enjoyed the evening shooting, and I'm always wanting to learn more. Questions below each pic.

Ray



Carl Auer
Registered: Mar 15, 2004
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Country: United States

I like slow shutter speeds with hockey. Anytime I do it, I will take anywhere from 50 to 100 slow shutter shots and if I get one great one I am happy... But it appears to me that in your second shot you were not panning at the right pace to capture the players moving a bit sharper. I do however love their reflection in the glass....which kind of makes up for the fact that they are going away from you.



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1139
Country: United States

Carl Auer wrote:
I like slow shutter speeds with hockey. Anytime I do it, I will take anywhere from 50 to 100 slow shutter shots and if I get one great one I am happy... But it appears to me that in your second shot you were not panning at the right pace to capture the players moving a bit sharper. I do however love their reflection in the glass....which kind of makes up for the fact that they are going away from you.


Thanks for the feedback Carl, already learned couple of things, such as the players are moving away from me, which lessens the impact of the photo. I had some other slow shutter shots that tracked OK, but it movement was such that only a small portion of the player remained sharp. Like below, the pan worked well with the helmet, but everything else blurs, and it did not capture much player interaction.




kris416
Registered: Jun 21, 2011
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Country: Canada

Hi Ray,

To all your questions, I'd say it depends. Having the puck in the picture is generally more sought after by many people. However there are a lot of non-puck shots that can be excellent (body check, player closeups etc)

I personally don't like the slow shutter speeds because too much is blurry. But that's just my opinion.



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1139
Country: United States

kris416 wrote:
Hi Ray,

To all your questions, I'd say it depends. Having the puck in the picture is generally more sought after by many people. However there are a lot of non-puck shots that can be excellent (body check, player closeups etc)

I personally don't like the slow shutter speeds because too much is blurry. But that's just my opinion.


Thanks for the feedback, Kris. I am looking forward to additional opps to try my hand at hockey again.