Pictures From The Canucks

by Ed Lau on July 10, 2007

You know how when you were back in high school and trying to sneak liquor into your prom or if you happen to be, say, 50 Cent and trying to sneak a gun into the club, that’s how I feel every time I attend a Vancouver Canucks game. Y’know, except the bottle or firearm happens to be bigger than my entire arm. It’s usually quite hard to get a camera in through the front door and even harder to take pictures without the ushers noticing. However, during practices or charity games, it’s usually open season and much easier.

Sports photography at a major event is usually much easier to do compared to amateur sports due to the degree of lighting in the venue. GM Place, for example, is almost perfectly lit at every spot on the ice whereas the local rink is lit entirely by one flickering 60-watt incandescent bulb. However, the pros also move a heck of a lot faster than the beer league guys and there are a lot more things that can change on the fly. Unlike studio photography where the photographer controls every aspect of the shoot, a sports photographer is at the mercy of his subjects.

These were taken a few years ago at a Canucks open practice for season ticket holders. They took it pretty easy but it was still fun and there was plenty of free hot dogs and drinks for everyone in attendance.

The most difficult thing about shooting a hockey game is trying to convey a sense of movement while maintaining a sharp image. You could go for a pan and motion blur but ever since a little girl died from being in the head with a puck, there’s netting everywhere save for a spot near center ice. Not getting the net in the way proves to be a challenge every time. For example…

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Gdog July 10, 2007 at 8:53 am

Nice shots. What glass are you using? Any recommendations for a zoom lens?


derek July 10, 2007 at 9:48 am

Is the difficulty with the camera unique to the Canucks or do all major sporting venues discourage cameras? I’ve never really tried to get a camera in but I didn’t think that would be a problem.


Ed Lau July 10, 2007 at 10:30 am

Gdog: These were taken with a Canon 70-200L f4.0. It’s sharp and quite a good value at only about $700. An essential just-after-beginners lens for Canon shooters.

Derek: Most sporting events since they don’t want all the amateurs stealing the pro’s thunder. I didn’t have any trouble getting into World Cup with my camera though.


Leo July 10, 2007 at 11:58 pm

Where’s the pictures of you stuffing hot dogs?


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