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Photo Friday: Wrong Lens

I went to a second Peoria Rivermen hockey game last Friday, trusty camera in tow. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my trusty lens.

We sat in the second row behind the glass, so I thought I’d give the 18-55mm kit lens a shot. In theory it should be able to grab photos faster because of its (slightly) larger aperture, but almost all of the photos I shot were garbage. Bummer.

I did manage to capture one of the Rivs’ more exciting goals, though:

Flattened

Now that’s how you score a goal!

The Rivs knocked the Admirals goalie to the ground and put the puck in over his back. The Rivs scored twice within 30 seconds in the first period, but in the third the Admirals woke up and we had a 4-4 tie take us into overtime. Nobody scored during the overtime period, so they went to the shootout, which the Rivs took 2-0 after four shots. Final game score: 5-4 Rivs.

My son and I still had a great time, though, and nobody rammed our heads into a wall, unlike…

Eat Glass

Eat glass!

Despite the occasional clash, there were no fights in this game. That’s probably a good thing, but to me fights also indicate how amped up the players are. While the Rivermen did win, they spent the majority of the time on defense and their goalie, Mike McKenna, really had to stay busy. They would have had an easier time with a little more aggression.

I hope to go back soon. My second son wants to go again, and I’m really starting to enjoy live hockey. I’ll just have to remember the right lens next time.

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 Midweek: 2 into 4

I won two tickets to the Peoria Rivermen hockey game last week, and had two of the best seats I’ve ever had at their arena. I get to do it again this Friday.

Down in Front, Ref!

Down in front, ref!

I won the tickets at our favorite local watering hole, and was told, “They’re for tomorrow’s game.” I didn’t check the date, and it wasn’t until I walked in the door that I discovered they were for the following week. I asked to exchange my tickets and they did, and then let me keep the original tickets.

Way cool. I get an extra opportunity to shoot some photos and bring my son to a game, and they get an extra shot at concessions sales. Win-win.

If I could start working the same magic for novels and short stories, I’d be prolific before I knew it.

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.

Last Week’s Photo Friday: Louder!

I didn’t get a chance to upload the photos for last week’s Photo Friday until this evening. I won tickets to two Peoria Rivermen hockey games, and despite all the action shots, I dig the way this one turned out:

Louder!

Barry the Bear pumps up the crowd

Not that there weren’t more exciting shots, I just liked this one for technical reasons. I used the 55-250mm lens for both games, alternating between Tv and P modes and adjusting as necessary. I love that it’s nice and bright in Carver Arena, and we had great seats both nights.

If you’d like to see more, I’ve posted sets from both Friday’s game and Saturday’s game.

Fight!

Bonus fight photo!

We had a great time at the games. On Friday, we caught a puck and got it signed, and my son got a souvenir cup signed. On Saturday my wife was able to come and we got to hang out with friends, a rare treat for us because it’s tough to find sitters.

Michelle and Melissa

Bonus hot chick photo!

My son’s now begging for season tickets. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I think we need to make the time to hit another game or two this season. It’s a lot of fun and it’s good practice with the camera.

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.