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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 Sure the building is outdated.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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City Sunset

This past weekend my daughter and I spent the evening wandering around Brooklyn Bridge Park. You couldn’t help but stop what you were doing and watch the last rays of light set behind the New York City skyline. As I have mentioned in other posts, Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the best locations to take pictures of the NY skyline.

When the sun sets behind the city it is not as dramatic a sunset as you would see at the beach. All the red and pink colors are hidden behind the city. You do get a beautiful yellow glow just above the city as the sun drops below the skyline. Our next stop after taking these pictures was the Brooklyn Ice Cream Company and it was the perfect way to end the evening.

Check out the image below to see the last rays of light before the sun went down behind the city. Click the image to see it bigger.

City Sunset

The sun sets behind the New York City Skyline. Click on the image to see it bigger.

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Post-Processing Hockey Photos


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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Photographing hockey from above the net

Isles Overhead (2 of 1)During the playoffs hockey teams need to raise the bar with their performance. The same holds true for photographers. News services from both teams are in town and all looking for the best position to photograph their team from.

Placing a camera above the net provides an interesting point of view. During the Stanley Cup Quarter finals I had a camera up in the rafters above the net.
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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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