I got a message last week from a friend asking if I wanted to go shoot a charity hockey game. It sounded interesting and I’m always willing to try out something new so I said sure, not realizing how hard it would actually be. He unfortunately wasn’t able to make it but I headed up to the rink at Taft School and discovered it was going to be a pretty popular game, the Watertown fire department was taking on the Worcester, MA department. The parking lot was full and they were shuttling people in from a lot a quarter mile away. I left my bag in the car and took the 70-300mm and 50mm. In retrospect I should have left the 50mm and taken the 18-55mm instead, I was a little worried about getting fast enough shutter speed so I brought the 50mm instead since it opens up to f/2 and lets lots of light in to the sensor.
I started the night and shot for the first two periods from the top row of the stands. I was going to go down to the glass but everyone in the stands was sitting and I didn’t want to block them and there were about two dozen midget hockey players behind the only goal I could get behind. My friends advice was to pick out focus points and stay near the goals since that was where the action was. He was right; unfortunately the action was at the far goal for the entire first period, Watertown was defending and got trounced 4-1. That set the tone for the rest of the game really, they ended up losing 8-3. It felt like that was setting the tone for me too, looking quickly on the camera at the images I shot that first period had me feeling really disappointed. I was thinking about just heading out but then I remembered I had paid $10 and it was still entertainment. The rest of the night felt like it went by fairly quick after that, I didn’t win the 50/50 raffle which would have been nice but I did get to move down to behind a goal for the third period and I felt like I got some good shots from there. Here’s a couple of images from the game, I’ve got 62 that I think worked out pretty well once they were cropped and I made a nice panorama of the Watertown honor guard. The whole album can be found here.
In other news the front dial on my camera is broken and Pentax refuses to recognize that my camera is covered by an extended warranty they were offering on my model camera when I bought it, so check out the rest of the site and if you think you want to buy something contact me. I’ll make you a good deal, I could use the money so I can afford to get this fixed.