Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saskatoon Blades, Oct 23/10

Hello all,

So last night I was given the opportunity to take photos of the Saskatoon Blades hockey team for fun (they are Saskatoon's WHL team) so I agreed because Ive never really shot sports before and wanted to see what all the hype was all about. They played the Medicine Hat Tigers and won with a score of 4-1.

It turns out sports photography is HARD! I never really thought about it before, but hockey photography is not easy. Im used to things staying relatively still and not moving too fast, this was a whole other realm. Ive never really pushed my camera to the capabilities of its focusing speed and tracking, but I did last night.

I was shooting with my Nikon D700 and a Nikon 70-200 F2.8 VR II. The combo worked great! Although I do wish I had the pro battery in my camera to get the 8 frames per second, that would've been handy. The light wasnt that great so I was shooting at ISO 4000 and wide open. It was getting me about 1/1600 shutter speed which seemed to be fast enough. The 70-200 was a little short to get the far end of the rink but when they were past half on my side it was perfect.

Never the less I got out there, shot, and I think got some decent shots. I will let you be the judge. Either way I had fun shooting and learned quite a bit in that one game.

Shout out to Steve Hiscock and Derek Mortensen for getting me into the game and letting me shoot, it was fun.

Blades forward, Lukas Sutter, gets into it with Kale Kessy from the Tigers

Start of the game

Blades score!
Blades goalie #35, Steven Stanford
Blades #23, Lukas Sutter, gives a big hit on the boards

Tiger chasing the puck down the ice

Another from Sutter and Kessy fighting

Little hardcore Blades fans

Tigers goalie #30, Tyler Bunz


K-Diddy said...

These are impressive! You rule. Period. (hahaha get it? cause hockey has periods?!?!)

Anonymous said...

I like them all the hardcore fans is still my fav.

Taylor Verde said...

Ha thanks Kev and Ash

Saskatoon Web Design said...

Fantastic work Taylor! These pictures look great!