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Game 9: T-Birds Upended by Americans

Hello again everyone!  I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  In my quest to finally get caught up with the Thunderbirds’ games (there have been four home games in eight days, and I can’t turn out these posts that fast…) I’ll be posting about the game on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 24, tonight.    In the next three or four days I’ll get something about Saturday’s game aganst Kootenay, and in about a week I’ll (finally!) be caught up with photos from tomorrow’s matchup with Medicine Hat.  But enough of the scheduling conversation, let’s get to some photos, shall we?

We’ll start off with a photo that stumped me.  When I first saw this while looking for a good photo to send with the press release, I thought this one would be a really good one.  When I got back to it while working on this blog, I realized just how much of a pain it would be…  I’ll show you the original now…

Center Justin Hickman fights for position with Tri City left wing David Conrad while racing after a puck in the first period.

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/3.2, 1/640th, Manual

So you can see the main action, but it definitely needs some cropping, right?  Well there was the tricky part.  How much do you crop?  What shape should it be?  I first cropped it so all you can see are Hickman and Conrad, but included all of Hickman’s stick.

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/3.2, 1/640th, Manual

That doesn’t look bad, but I really don’t like all the empty space around the stick.   I wouldn’t mind it if there was something big at the end of the photo, but I’m not sure the stick itself justifies the wide crop.  So let’s trim it down a bit…

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/3.2, 1/640th, Manual

Ok, that’s a little bit better, but I still don’t really love it.  Maybe a little bit more space on the left would make it feel less crowded to me, but then again maybe not.  So let’s try something much different.

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/3.2, 1/640th, Manual

I think this is my favorite.  I know there’s a lot of dead space in the middle between the two players and the puck, but I think the puck adds enough to the photo to justify it.  Dead space normally isn’t wanted in a photo—there’s a reason it’s called dead space—but there are times where it does good.   This may not be one of those times, but it doesn’t seem to detract enough to require a new crop.  Plus we’ve already tried a few other crops, and they don’t seem to work well.
You be the photographer: What crop would you have gone with?  Let me know in the comments section!

Oh, and you may have noticed that the metadata (the camera settings used for the photo I post under each picture) is different than the normal settings.  This wasn’t intended, I just forgot to check the settings after shooting the player introductions.  I compensated for the added light during game play, but I forgot to check anything other than my light meter to make sure everything on my camera is ok.  It happens all the time, I wish I was better at noticing these things.

Anyways, back to the game.  Five minutes into the game, center Tyler Alos found himself with the puck above the Tri City goal and being defended by the two Americans players that were back on defense, goalie Drew Owsley and defenseman Drydn Dow.  Fellow center Colin Jacobs was skating fast to the other side of the goal, but not being covered by anyone. Naturally Alos passed it over to Jacobs…

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

And Jacobs sent it into the back of the net.

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Already moving quickly, Jacobs lost his balance after getting the shot off (I think.  He might have purposely fell) and found himself on his back on the ice.  But he didn’t care, he just scored a goal!

Canon 7D, 130mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Leftwinger Mitch Elliot came over to Jacobs, not only to celebrate, but to help him up…

Canon 7D, 175mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

I had an unexpected visitor on the suite I was shooting in for that goal… Cool Bird!  He had entered my suite a little before the goal was scored and was entertaining fans and waiting for the first period media timeout to throw t-shirts into the crowd.  Jacobs’ goal must have fired Cool Bird up because after the goal he was on his feet cheering with the rest of the crowd.

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

When Cool Bird finally started giving out the t-shirts, these two young fans pleaded for a shirt.

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/500th, Manual

The game, like nearly every Tri-City/Seattle matchup, was pretty physical.  There were plenty of checks and hits throughout the night.  Here, defenseman Dave Sutter throws Tri City Adam Hughesman off the puck.

Canon 7D, 195mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

And Calvin even got into the action.  Here he tangles with Tri-City right wing Jordan Messier in front of the Seattle goal.  I’ve never seen a goalie do that before…

Canon 7D, 180mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Throughout the first period, the Americans did well to earn 19 shots on goal, including this one by leftwinger Neal Prokop.  All of them were saved, however, by goalie Calvin Pickard, as he’s doing here.

Canon 7D, 160mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

And that does it for the first period photos.  Let’s move down rinkside for the second period, shall we?  (Note: hopefully you said yes because that’s where we’re heading anyway…)

Let’s begin with a shot of center Charles Wells skating down the boards with the puck…

Canon 7D, 200mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Wanting to try something a little different, I took off my 70-200mm lens and put on my fixed 50mm (it can’t zoom in or out, it’s set at 50mm).  This would allow me to get a wider shot—not much wider, but anything helps when the players are normally just a foot away from you.  It did make a slight difference, especially in front of and behind the goal.  I didn’t cut any body parts off anyone this time!

Wells and Tri City defenseman Sam Grist fight for the puck behind the Tri City goal in the second period.

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Wells attempts to block a clearing attempt by Tri City’s Owsley.

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Right wing Marcel Noebels sends a puck off the boards towards the Tri City goal.

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

Here’s another one of those photos that are made by the objects in the foreground rather than the subject themselves.    Defenseman Travis Bobbee is controlling the puck—an important part in hockey, yes, but it would be a fairly bland photo unless Americans center Kruise Reddick was blocking Bobbee.  I’d like it even better if we could see Bobbee’s gloves on the stick but in any case the photo seems to suggest an imminent confrontation.  You probably want to see the photo by now, don’t you?

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

That ends the second period photos.  Sorry I didn’t get many photos of the two goals the T-Birds scored but that’s what happens when you shoot through glass.  Onto the third period and between the benches!

The third period was action-packed, to say the least.  Here, Tri City center Mason Wilgosh pokes the puck away from Wells along the boards.

Canon 7D, 195mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

While it’s not generally good for a team when someone falls to ice, it does make for a different and a decent photo.  Here right wing Burke Gallimore has a nice view of the puck he tried to win.

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Here’s a photo of Noebels (at least it looks like Noebels.  I can’t see a number in any other photos of that series) defending against right wing Jordan Messier of the Americans.  What’s really cool about this photo is that everyone’s perfectly lined up to show a perfect example of perspective.  Sometimes luck brings you photos that you couldn’t get even if you set up your own shot…

Canon 7D, 80mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Center Travis Toomey and Tri City defenseman Brock Sutherland jostle for position to receive the puck in front of the Seattle goal.

Canon 7D, 98mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

The Americans unfortunately had a nice third period offensively.  They controlled the puck well and had 21 shots on goal during the period.  Calvin Pickard was working hard and earned this water break during a time out.

Canon 7D, 115mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Unfortunately three of those 21 shots found the back of the net.  That means, however, Pickard made 18 saves in that period alone.  Here’s one of them.

Canon 7D, 130mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

The game being tied 4-4, we moved into the overtime period.  Neither team snuck a goal past either defense so a shootout ensued.  Despite Pickard saving one of the two shootout attempts he faced—this one here being saved against Tri City rightwinger Patrick Holland—no Thunderbird attempt found the back of the net.  At least the T-Birds got one point though!

Canon 7D, 120mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

That’s it for this post.  As always leave any comments or criticisms or questions in the comments section below.

Til next time, go T-Birds!

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2 responses

  1. Erik

    I would pick the 3rd cropped photo (the one with the puck). Seeing what they’re both focusing on really helps me imagine the action that was captured in the shot.

    Great work catching Colin’s goal!

    In the picture with Calvin taking a drink, you can really see how tired that guy is. Every game he faces more than his fair share of shots.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

  2. Definitely use the shot with the puck. It adds to the action, and gives the viewer an idea of what the boys are fighting for. Nice photos as usual!

    November 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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