I had the opportunity this weekend to photograph outdoor college hockey as Notre Dame faced off with Miami (OH) at Soldier Field in Chicago. My editor asked about a month ago if I wanted to work a Sunday for this assignment and I gladly volunteered to do so. Until this game, I hadn’t shot hockey in more than two years so I expected to be rusty and out of the flow of the game a bit. After all, hockey definitely has a much different flow than football and basketball, which are the two sports I’ve covered the most in the past six months at the South Bend Tribune. It was an enjoyable experience overall and just very neat to see and photograph hockey in an outdoor setting.
Guess it’s fitting that my first and last assignments of 2010 were sports. The paper had an extremely early deadline for color photos this evening (8 p.m.) so I unfortunately couldn’t stay longer than the first period. When possible, I always try to stay to the very end of sporting events to give myself more opportunities to make pictures. As I was leaving, the team scored two goals. Just my luck.
My only assignment today was the Rivermen hockey game. The game was a blowout as the Rivermen cruised to a 4-0 win over Lake Erie. After I had “the shot” for the paper, I got a little creative and spent most of the third period shooting pans of the Rivermen players. A pan action shot is a nice way to mix things up a bit, and it works very well in sports where players are moving quickly such as football, basketball and hockey.