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ECAC Men’s Hockey Finals 2011

Atlantic City, New Jersey. The ECAC Men’s Hockey finals were in May 2011. I have a friend Alex who is a Yale Alumnus. His team did win the whole thing. Horray! Sports photography is difficult in fluorescent lighting. Worse the light is not too bright. So the action is often blurred by slow shutter speed. You can compensate by increasing the ISO but then there is noise on the image. Everything is a compromise. Now, with all that, the ticket folks took one look at the gear in my camera bag and immediately said, “No go.” It’s a college hockey game for goodness sake! So Alex and I trudged all the way back to the parking lot, dropped off the Nikon and walked back with the Canon G11. Yeah, they let me bring that back in. So for the weekend and all the games, I used the G11. Surprisingly, with just a bit of luck, I got some decent shots. It wasn’t professional, just for fun. Here you can see Cornell and Dartmouth playing. The puck is right there bouncing along toward the crease. Cornell is quite a physically imposing team and did win. Yale is also a smaller team, but quicker.

Anyway the object is to catch the action and the puck. Not bad, also, because we were up in the stands and I couldn’t be down near the glass. But the glass would have been another problem.

2 responses

  1. Why did the ticket people object – did they think you had something more dangerous than a camera and lens set-up? Maybe you need to somehow get a Press Pass . . .

    October 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    • In any venue, this being the Atlantic City Center, where Miss America was crowned for so many years, there is often a policy against ‘photo, video, or any recording devices.’ Obviously this might be hard to enforce with cellphones and such. Still, it’s hard to hide a DSLR…. Hence, stopped at the door. I have brought cameras in my coat in other venues where a pat down was not optional. But that was another day.

      October 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm

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