Putting The Biscuit In The Basket For Research
The NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals are in full swing, and many a-player on the Chicago Blackhawks or Tampa Bay Lightening are dreaming of heading to the barn, snapping off a wrister and lighting the lamp (or putting the biscuit in the basket).
I know, right? It’s pushing 90 degrees and yet the hockey season is still going on. It does seem like it goes on forever, but hey, if you’re a fan, that’s the best thing.
I’m a sort-of fan. I’ve been to a few games (as bad as the NFL is in person, hockey is great.) I watch some games, but still don’t really understand it, to the chagrin of my Canadian brother-in-law and nephew. But I respect the sport and feel the players are some of the best physically-conditioned athletes out there.
Back in April, I got an up-close look at hockey. I shot an ventt that I never had before – a hockey tournament that my company runs to raise money and awareness about concussions, and how to play this hard-hitting sport safely.
The 32nd Annual Johnson & Johnson International Hockey Tournament event kicked off April 18 in Philadelphia and raised funds for the American/Canadian Spinal Research Organizations and StopConcussions Foundation. This year’s event includes 26 J&J-based teams and 370 players from Canada, Russia, Switzerland and the U.S. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, where I should stand, what I should do…but it was a fun experience and a great education, photographic and otherwise.
As with any event, I shot entire-to-detail, wanting to capture it all.
The event culminated with a charity game against former NHL’ers and the teams that raised the most money for the tournament. This is one of those “must get” shots – you gotta get the ceremonial drop of the puck!
In all, it was a great weekend. Everyone had a good time for a good cause – the teams raised more than $200,000 for neuroscience research.
My gear for this included my Canon 50D with my 24-105 mm lens. I also rented a Canon 7D body, a Canon 70-200 f2.8 mm, as well as a Canon 15mm f/2.8 fish-eye lens, which I thought would be fun to play around with. all from Borrow Lenses. I also, at times, used my little Canon S110 point-and-shoot now and then.
It was a good learning experience for me. I got some of the shots I wanted, but unfortunately missed some too. Live, learn, get better, right?
Oh, the other shot you have to get when shooting hockey? The Zamboni machine.
Can’t put the biscuit in the basket without smooth ice, right?
(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015