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Netminding 101

Wednesday, Jan. 12, there was a special guest down at the ShoWare Center: Steve the Producer from KISW 99.9 FM.  Steve will be tending the net for the Thunderbirds’ celebrity game February 26 but wanted to avoid repeating his “ten goals in one period” performance he had in his last celebrity game a few years ago.  If I remember correctly, he said he was still burned from all the red lights that went off behind him.  To ensure that he would not be burned again by the dreaded red lights, he enlisted the help of T-Birds goalies Calvin Pickard and Michael Salmon and received a crash course in becoming a brick wall between the pipes.

Before all the lessons, though, Steve had to get out all his gear, and boy was there a lot of it…

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/3.2, 1/250th, Manual

And here’s a nice photo of him lacing his skates (I don’t know why I like those photos; I also got one of Christie Johnson lacing up when she was at ShoWare)…

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/3.2, 1/200th, Manual

About then, one of the on-air talents of his show, Vicky Barcelona, arrived to catch Steve’s training on video.  She sat in the locker room chatting with him while he finished gearing up…

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/3.2, 1/200th, Manual

The pair had brought two video cameras, one for Vicky to hold and one to hopefully get a cool angle on some of the action.  He tried to find a way to connect it to his neck guard, but quickly decided it wouldn’t survive a direct hit from a puck…

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/160th, Manual

He was finally ready to head out onto the ice!  Unfortunately the ice wasn’t ready for Steve the Producer, though, as he had to put the goal he’d be protecting into place on the ice.

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

Since the camera couldn’t be attached to Steve’s neckguard, Vicky tried to attach it to the boards behind the net.  I’m not sure if it worked or not, but if it did, I bet they got some cool footage from it.

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/890th, Manual

Once the net was in place and the video camera was taped up, Calvin and Michael were ready to come out and teach Steve how to tend goal.  Before they got started, however, introductions were made and the two T-Birds got a feel for Steve’s past goalie experiences…

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

And Steve had to film a quick intro to the video for his blog,

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

After the intro was filmed, Michael and Calvin took a couple shots on Steve to see what he needed to work on.  After seeing that and consulting with him, the trio thought it would be best to work on Steve’s butterfly drops (note: I think I remember that term, I’m sorry if I’m a tad off on it).  In this picture, Michael (left) demonstrates the proper knee position for the butterfly while Calvin helps Steve get his knees into a similar pose.

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

Next they worked on sliding across the face of the goal while keeping the leg pads facing out.  This time it was Calvin who demonstrated the proper techniques.

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

In a drill to test this new skill, Michael and Calvin took shots on Steve after passing the puck amongst each other.  Here it’s Michael firing on the net.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Being goalies, Calvin and Michael don’t get much of a chance to score a goal.  It was nice to see them be able to get one into the net themselves.  Calvin was so excited over getting one in he couldn’t help but celebrate…

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/3,2, 1/1250th, Manual

Then came a lesson on defending the net when the attacking player is behind it.  Here, Calvin demonstrates how he uses his stick and pads to stop a puck from slipping though on the ice.

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

Since I was on the ice for all of this action (I didn’t have to worry about 12 players in pads flying all around me) I decided to try and get some photos I wouldn’t have a chance to make during a game.  During the drill for defending against an attack from behind the net, I placed my camera on the ice, aimed it at Steve, and fired away from a low angle.  This was my best shot from trying that out.  Unfortunately I cut off the right half of Michael’s body.  It’s still a decent shot, though; it could have turned out much worse.

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

To wrap things up, Michael and Calvin took shots on Steve, testing everything he’d learned during the lesson.  He did a good job and made a good amount of saves, including this one he made while falling down.

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

After they were done, Steve taped a closing for his videoblog, thanking the two Thunderbirds for showing him the ropes.

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

While recovering from the extreme workout, Steve asked for some stretching tips.  During this, Vicky got a close up of the sweat pouring off Steve’s head.   I particularly like the shot on Vicky’s video camera…

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

To end everything, he asked for a photo of the three goalies together, and I happily obliged.

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/4, 1/640th, Manual

A special thanks to Steve and Vicky for coming down and spending part of the day with us.  I had a blast shooting this, and I hope they enjoyed their time with the Thunderbirds.  If you want to catch Vicky and Steve on the morning, tune into the BJ Shea Show on KISW 99.9 FM between 6 and 10 AM.

Don’t forget to come out to the ShoWare Center tomorrow and watch the T-Birds renew their rivalry with the Everett Silvertips at 7:30.  If you can’t make it to Kent, be sure to watch the game on Fox Sports Northwest as the network will be airing it live!

‘Til then, go T-Birds!

There’s Nothing Better than the Sound of Slapshots in the Morning…

Remember last post when I promised to find ways to get new content on the blog during road trips?  If you don’t I’ll give you time to go find it…

Got it now?  Good.  And if you didn’t go check, trust me it’s there.   Just a few hours of writing that post, I found out that King 5 would be taping some news segments about the Thunderbirds early Tuesday morning (October 12th).  Having shot a live tv show before last February when College Gameday was at the University of Washington, I knew I could get some nice shots of the taping so I committed to wake up early and head down to the ShoWare Center for the morning’s events.

When I got to the ShoWare Center, the players were in the locker room getting their gear on while the King 5 crewpeople were finishing setting up the camera and discussing the day’s takes.  Since all of the takes would take place on the ice, reporter Christie Johnson would be on ice skates to move around most easily.   Since the players weren’t out of the locker room yet, I snapped a few frames.

King 5 reporter Christie Johnson laces up her skates before taking the ice to file reports from the ShoWare Center early Tuesday morning.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/3.2, 1/100th, Manual

I really like this shot.  A lot.  For one thing I have a thing for darker photos, and also the hallway between the rink and the main concourse (by section 108) had some very nice side-lighting (where the only light source for a photo comes from the subject’s side).  Overall, I thought this photo was a decent starting image and a good omen leading into the rest of the morning.

Defenseman Brenden Dillon was the first of the participating T-Birds (right winger Burke Gallimore, defenseman Luke Lockhart, and goalie Michael Salmon were the other three players that showed up), so he got to do the first teaser with Christie.  Little did he know that Christie had experience in figure skating and wanted to open up with one of those moves for the tease…

Defenseman Brenden Dillon, along with Christie Johnson, shows off his figure skating skills during a teaser for an upcoming segment on King 5.

Canon 7D, 70MM, 1600 ISO, f/5, 1/400th, Manual

Don’t worry, Johnson didn’t force anymore figure skating moves on the guys; they quickly moved on to half-speed plays, and even a mock face-off.  Here, Johnson takes a shot after “winning” one of those face-offs.

Reporter Christie Johnson skated with a few T-Birds early Tuesday morning.  Here, they include her in a mock play after a faceoff.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/3.5, 1/800th, Manual

Johnson and her photographer Jim had the segments planned out for the most part before the morning started, so there wasn’t a lot of time spent designing what would be on camera.  After a few minutes of Christie and Jim explaining their visions, there’d be one or two run throughs of the shot to nail down the details of a shot and so that both the players and Christie knew their assignments and timings.  Here’s a photo of Christie explaining the plan for a teaser that included a check into the boards.

Johnson plans out the next take with right winger Burke Gallimore (left), defenseman Brenden Dillon (center), and center Luke Lockhart (right).  Goalie Michael Salmon was also part of the shoot, but is hidden behind Lockhart in this photo.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/3.5, 1/800th, Manual

Here is a continuous set of shots that show part of the teaser.  That’s Burke Gallimore in grey and Brenden Dillon in blue who are smashing into the glass in front of Christie.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/4.5, 1/400th, Manual (all photos)

This next photo might just be my favorite from the day.  Not only had the guys had been good sports for the camera, but they had to get up pretty early to do so (they arrived before 5:45 am).  They were understandably tired and so during a break between live takes, Luke and Burke decided to take it easy right out there on the ice.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/3.5, 1/800th, Manual

During the time in between live takes (and while the T-Birds players were relaxing), Jim and Christie would consult with producers back at the King 5 production room.  Instead of having to call someone in the studio, though, they merely had to talk through their microphones (the same ones used while taping) in order to be heard.  In addition, Christie could look through the camera so as to “look at” the producers while talking to them.  For whatever reason, I thought this to be somewhat interesting.  So of course I snapped a photo.  What else would I do?

Christie Johnson talks with producers back at King 5 studios through her hidden microphone and by looking at the camera.

Canon 7D, 75MM, 1600 ISO, f/4.5, 1/400th, Manual

After the 40 or so minutes after the first live segment, the second one aired.  For this, Christie asked Thunderbirds head coach Rob Sumner a few questions about the T-Birds’ season so far.  There was also a quick explanation about how to check a guy into the boards.  Since you can scroll up and find plenty board-checking above, here’s a shot of Christie talking to the Coach.

Christie Johnson interviews head coach Rob Sumner during a segment that aired Tuesday morning.

Canon 7D, 70MM, 1600 ISO, f/4.5, 1/400th, Manual

I had been trying all morning to get a cool photo of Christie talking into the camera while still being able to see Jim (photographers always take pictures of other photographers; it’s just something we do), but I hadn’t seen anything good.    Finally, during the segment with Coach Sumner, I got what I wanted.   You can see the camera and everything.  Hey, even photographers deserve to be recognized every now and then…

Christie Johnson opens a segment.

Canon 7D, 70MM, 1600 ISO, f/4.5, 1/400th, Manual

The last segment was all about slapshots.  In it, Luke Lockhart explained how to hit one, Michael Salmon explained what it’s like to try and stop one, and Christie Johnson even attempted to take one.

Luke Lockhart goes through the basics of a slapshot.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/4.5, 1/640th, Manual

Christie Johnson asks Michael Salmon about facing slapshots coming at his head.  “I try not to think about the speed [of the pucks,]” he said.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/4.5, 1/640th, Manual

The T-Birds players taught Johnson the basics of a slapshot, which she’s practicing here.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/4.5, 1/640th, Manual

Once Christie got her shot off, Burke, Luke, and Brenden unleashed a volley of slapshots at Michael.  Despite the multiple pucks coming at him seemingly at once, he did well to block many of them.

Salmon got a leg pad in front of this slapshot.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/4, 1/500th, Manual

After the slapshots, there was just one more thing to film as a possible space-filler in the noon broadcast.  For this, Christie met Luke in a face-off and once again “won” it.  She seems to be pretty good at those…

Christie Johnson takes one final faceoff before signing off from the ShowWare Center.

Canon 7D, 70MM, 1600 ISO, f/4, 1/500th, Manual

After that segment was completed and the producers okayed it, all the taping was done.  After cleaning up all the pucks shot at Michael, Christie got a picture with Coach Sumner and the guys.

Johnson wanted a photo of everyone involved for her own blog,

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

If you didn’t catch the segments live, here’s a link to them on King 5’s website.

A special thanks to Christie, Jim, and everyone else at King  5 that helped with the broadcast from ShoWare Center.  I had a blast shooting it, and I hope you guys have enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at how it was made.

And as they say in show business, that’s a wrap!

Til next time, go T-Birds!