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Isles beat Capitals and force game 7

islesvcaps-42This could have been the final game the Islanders ever played at Nassau Coliseum. And it still could be depending on what happens in game seven.

Whatever the outcome Monday, today’s game was a great one. Should the Isles fail to win, there could be no better way to finish up at “the old barn.” The Islanders move to their new home in Brooklyn next season.

When your around a certain place for so long it almost becomes home. Sure the building is outdated. The bathroom lines are long and the hallways too small. On the plus side though, the low ceiling made this arena arguably the loudest arena in the NHL and a point that Islander fans are very proud of.

Fans chanted “Can You Hear Us” this afternoon in response to Washington’ s Alex Ovechkin’s remark last Saturday that the Verizon Center in Washington was louder. I can’t imagine it could be, when I left this afternoon my ears hurt from the volume levels generated by passionate Islander fans.

The Islanders defeated the Capitals 3-1. Here are some images of what the day was like here in Nassau Coliseum.

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A few hockey shots

Here are a few of my favorite shots from yesterdays day game of the NY Islanders v. the St. Louis Blues at Nassau Coliseum in New York. I think my overall favorite is of St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen making a backhanded glove save. Although Allen was pulled from the game after the first period, this save is nothing short of brilliant.

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Photographing Hockey with the Nikon D750

Isles-D750-Smaples-12I recently was sent a demo Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera camera to test. I wanted to see what it would be like to shoot an NHL game using the D750.

The D750 is an all around great camera boasting fast shooting speeds and exceptional low light capabilities. This makes it especially well situated to be a great concert and sports shooter. So how does it perform? Continue reading »

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Isles Salute Veterans

The Islanders wore camo jerseys tonight in the pre-game warm ups to salute our veterans for Veteran’s Day. Fans were also treated to a 6-0 Islander victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche. The National Hockey League does not allow these shirts to be worn during the actual game so they are used in the pre-game warm up only.

On a personal note, I shoot the entire game using a Nikon D750 on loan from Nikon. Look for a full write up on the experience soon. In the mean time, here is a shot of John Tavares sporting his camo jersey from the D750. This shot was taken at iso 3200, 1000 of a second at f. 5.0. Click on the picture to see it larger. Boom.

Tavares

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How To Photograph Ice Hockey: Tips From a Pro Hockey Photographer — Amazon eBook

I am happy to announce that I have just published a new Amazon eBook entitled How To Photograph Ice Hockey: Tips From a Pro Hockey Photographer. The book is now available for download for Kindle devices. This book combines and expands upon all of information on photographing ice hockey found within this blog.

I have designed and organized it to be a complete reference ranging from camera settings to shooting situations. It is filled with amazing hockey photos designed to help you better understand key concepts and inspire you. I hope you enjoy it.

Get it now at the introductory price of only $2.99.

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Photographing an NHL game

Ever wonder what it is like to photograph an NHL game as part of the media. I mounted a Go Pro camera to the top of my Nikon D3S as I shot a pre-season game at the start of this season. Not just any game, the first NHL game ever to be played at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY. The future home of the NY Islanders. I included a few tips in the video but if you want really detailed information on how to photograph ice hockey, including camera settings and more, check out my article
Everything You Need To Know About Photographing Ice Hockey

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Post-Processing Hockey Photos

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Here is the before image.

When taking photos of ice hockey games there are three main ingredients in the recipe for success.  The pregame prep, the photographing of the game, and the post-processing of your photos. Post-processing is one of the most important aspects of sports photography but it is often over looked by beginners.

If you are shooting on a deadline it makes sense to shoot in jpeg mode for faster downloading and then uploading out to your media service. However, if you are a beginner, I highly recommend shooting ice hockey in raw mode. Raw gives you a greater ability to adjust your white balance and bring out shadow detail in case you didn’t get it just right in camera.

I thought it would be fun and educational to take an image and examine it both before and after post-processing. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s use some pictures. It will cut down on how much you have to read and how much I have to type!

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Tips on Photographing Ice Hockey

NY Islanders-13I was recently interviewed by Bill Schiffner of Digital Trends who wrote a great article on how to photograph ice hockey. I pulled together a bunch of info from my previous article on photographing ice hockey and Bill had a bunch of questions for me. I think he did a great job writing a very informative article full of great tips for shooting the sport of ice hockey. Check out Bill’s great article He shoots, he scores! Tips for capturing the breakneck speed of hockey. Let me know what you think.

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The Old Barn

The Old Barn

The Old Barn

Here is an interior shot if Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Islander fans affectionately refer to her as “The Old Barn”. The coliseum is the oldest facility in operation in the NHL. The coliseum can hold 16,170 hockey fans at capacity. The facility officially opened it’s doors in 1972 but was considered by many as out of date even before it’s completion. The Islanders will officially leave “The Old Barn” after the completion of the 2014-2015 season for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Many speculate the move will commence sooner since the Wall Street Journal has reported the Barclays Center may be offering the Islanders a considerable sum to move sooner. Click on the images to enlarge.
The Barclays Center

The Barclays Center

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First NHL game is played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

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The New York Islanders logo on the ice at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils played the first NHL hockey game in the brand new, state of the art, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. I was lucky to be on hand shooting for the press at this historical event. Unfortunately, my home team Islanders fell 3-0 to the visiting Devils. It was a pre-season game but it certainly didn’t feel like it. I was impressed with this world class arena and the crowd seemed to be as well.

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