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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 Sure the building is outdated.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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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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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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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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Everything You Need To Know About Photographing Ice Hockey

How to shoot ice hockeyPhotographing the sport of ice hockey can be one of the most challenging sports a photographer will ever shoot. On the pro level, the game moves at unimaginable speeds. It’s hard to believe the players can make such great plays in the blink of an eye.

As a photographer, you have to worry about keeping up with such fast paced action. You also have to be able to predict where things are going to happen next. If you wait for them to happen in this game, it’s already too late.

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