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Photo Friday: Hockey…

…and cheerleaders!

First, hockey. On Saturday, March 5th, I attended the Peoria Rivermen game at home versus the Chicago Wolves. I dig both teams, but I cheered for my new home team in what turned out to be a very hard-fought game. The Wolves really brought the aggression, and the Rivs didn’t back down.

Whoosh!

Wait, it's over there!

I think I’m most amazed by the players’ reflexes. The puck moves so fast I often lose track of it. These guys, however, seem on top of it at every moment, and there was more than one time where a player reached out and seemed to grab the puck from out of thin air. Television just doesn’t do the speed of the game justice.

I shot with a 55-250mm lens through most of the game, no flash, in programmable mode with AI servo focus mode enabled and continuous shutter. I snapped nearly 400 pics throughout the game, but posted my favorite 20.

Special guests that night were the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The ladies put on a brief show between periods, and the crowd seemed to really enjoy it.

Shakin' It

I can't imagine why.

All in all, it was a good night out with some friends. We saw the game for free thanks to someone else’s season passes, and we had dinner for free courtesy of some restaurant gift cards a friend gave me, so we really couldn’t complain. Yes, I could (and should) have been writing that night, but hey, I’d already committed, and look what I would have missed? Surely even my editor at Evileye understands that one, right?

Okay, yeah, I suck. But look what else I would have missed:

Blood on the Ice

Yep, that's blood.

I think my son said it best: “Wow, hockey is UFC on ice!”

Now I best get back to the manuscript so I can afford my own season tickets someday.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Photo Friday Weeks 28 & 29: Violence

Let’s try a little catch-up, shall we?

First, two weeks ago I hit East Peoria Throwdown Round 6, and this time I decided to try the 18-55mm kit lens to allow for a little more zoom range than the 50mm prime I normally use.

Looking for an Opening

Looking for an Opening

Once again, the fence played havoc with my focusing. The view through the viewfinder looks sharp, but when I uploaded everything to the computer, I noticed most of the pics were out of focus or had selected the fence over the fighters. Not cool. I really need to practice with my manual focus and figure out how to get finer control over what I see through the viewfinder.

I think I’ll go back to the prime lens next time, too; the speed advantage trumps the zoom flexibility.

Last week a friend got some tickets for opening night for the Peoria Rivermen AHL hockey team at Peoria’s Carver Arena. This time around, I was much happier with my lens selection, bringing my 55-250mm. It brought me right in on the action.

Fists Fly

Fists Fly (or, as my son called it, "UFC on ice!")

We were on the upper deck and this fight went down on the far end of the arena, but I was able to zoom in and, with the camera on continuous mode, just fire away. The lighting in the arena was great, making it easy to grab a good shutter speed for freezing the action.

The only thing I might do different here next time is to set a custom white balance off the rink (some came in a little yellow), or even — at last — shoot in RAW and set the white balance in post. I feel like I should finish writing the sequel to Winter Kill before I start dabbling in all that, though.

In all a disappointing night, followed by a good night. It all balances out in the end.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.