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The lighting is very mixed and poor at this location, but I was quite please with this shot, catching the puck mid air and the goalie watching it carefully
All I've done to the RAW is crop, lights/levels and sharpening
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Looks good to me! Sharp, with vivid colours and getting the puck in the frame is a real catch — those things move!
I know nothing about ice hockey or how to shoot it but there's an article by one of the pros here.
Its a very good mid action shot, and its great you can see the face. The light in hockey arenas can be a challenge. Youre best to shoot in raw and adjust white balance after, - the ice is usually reliably white in many areas.
Loaded a mod with the yellow cast removed,
Thanks both. That is an interesting article and well worth reading. The NHL guys have it easy with the Arena strobe system so they get well lit and exposed shots all the time.
I did shoot it in RAW and adjust the white balance manually later, I used the white part of his leg pads and tried a coiuple of variations. Ended up with 2250K. My Pre set on the ice at the pad was 2100, but when I got home this looked a little too cold and blue for me. The ice is definately not white at this arean, and there is mixed lighting in a checkerboard patter overhead (sodium and tungsten I think spread about 50/50)
Fortunately this is just a training rink for the recce guys I know. On Friday I'm shooting a Professional UK Elite league game in a large area with much better lighting. I've shot training and recce games there before with reduced lighting, but for the pro team ALL lights should be on. I'll post something from that at the weekend, Meanwhile I'll post another action shot of Robin this morning
I only started shooting Hockey in Jamuary this year, and it is challenging but fun
I like this a lot - much better than the saving a goal shot because, even to the uninitiated, there is clear action here. Sharp and clear, but does seem a little over saturated - not that it spoils the image.
Lol they share the ice with the curlers
Light was really quite a nightmare here then!
Im in Canada, - even the minor league rinks are well lit, so Ive never been introduced to the yellow ice, - though we have a saying that you NEVER eat the yellow snow....
Canadian newspapers like the Toronto SUN, Calgary SUN, Toronto Star might have online pics you might get some hints from.
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