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"One of my greatest Olympic moments was shooting the Gold Medal Hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics!!!  I was sitting front row between the Newsweek and Sports Illustrated photographers right next to the goal, the crowd was electric and the game was beyond EPIC!! I was so very honoured have been able to shoot Team Canada win Gold on Canadian soil, and capture so many Hockey moments with excellence."

 

For a photographer the Gold Medal hockey game is by far the toughest Olympic sport to get in to and shoot because there are only a certain amount of spots available for photographers in the stadium.  So when I got there, even though I had credentials, I didn't know where I would be sitting or if I would be able to get in to the game at all.  I kept positive and ended up getting very lucky with the spot I got in the front row, but I was right behind the glass.  I had to improvise on the spot and I extended my lens hood with black tape to be able to attach to the glass to minimize reflections.  It worked great and I was able to get a fantastic eye-level perspective and still got razor sharp images.  Pro Tip: always keep some black electrical tape in your camera bag for situations just like this.   Speaking of luck: during the game an olympic puck flew off the ice, into the air and actually landed in my open camera bag without even breaking a lens!!  It sits in my trophy case as a reminder of what happens when you go for it, allow and surrender to the flow.

 

It was an amazing game and I fed off the energy capturing hundreds of great shots of our Team Canada!!  I took time whenever there was a break in the action to review my images, zoom in and make sure my images and settings were dialled, including the perfect colour balance.   My exposure setting was generally around  f/5.0 at 1/1600 sec - ISO 5000 on my Nikon D3s.  I hope you enjoy a few of my favourite shots from the game and share on Facebook / Twitter by clicking below.

 

Way to go Canada on winning another GOLD for Canada in Sochi!!!!

 

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