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12-21-2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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These are well exposed, with good color balance-not always easy under artificial light in an arena.

There's an old saw in photography about how no one wants to see the south end of a north bound mule. Sometimes you can't choose your shooting location and all you get to see are the backs of your subjects. If you have a choice, shooting the fronts is generally preferable. Another option would be to take a follow-up shot of the player who dug out the puck as he turns toward the camera. At that point I would expect the loser to still be down and also turning to follow. Including the players' faces is always preferable, although not always possible.

I love the second shot, with number 8 leaving his skates and the puck isolated on the ice. The only improvement I could suggest would be to include the entire goalie in the frame. Once again, you may not have had a choice. It's probably better in that situation to shoot a little wider lens (or zoom out) and then crop the final image.

If you want to analyze some classic hockey shots, I recomend a wonderful old book called "Hockey's Golden Era-Stars of the Original Six" by Mike Leonetti, which features photos by Harold Barkley. Mr. Barkley was one of the first sports photogs to use strobe lights because, as I understand, the illumination in the arenas back in the 50s and 60s was spotty, at best. Check it out!


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12-21-2011, 11:42 AM   #3
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Thank you very muck Sigmoid for the advices,
i will look for the book
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I like the photos, which I think would be improved with a bit more cropping from the left of photos 1 and 3, and if all of player 8's stick plus all or more of the goalie were included in photo 2.
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Very nice shots. The only complain I would have is that with all three you are looking at the guys backs.

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