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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.

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.