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 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|