50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Window on my Weekend

The theme for this week’s WordPress photo challenge is window.  I spent the weekend at the hockey rink.  My little hockey player had a series of out of town games, so three games in less than 24 hours.  If you play hockey you know that is a lot of ice time.  I watch and take photos from behind the glass.  It look a little while for it to occur to me that I could create a photo that would fit this challenge while I was at the rink.  So here is the scoreboard midway through the third game:

ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/320

ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/320

Ouch, not a good game for the home team, we would end up winning 11-4, which is not a typical score in hockey.  My little hockey player’s team won all three games, which is nice, but the first two games were actually more interesting in terms of actual hockey and the scores were a bit closer.

This photo above is a panorama.  I created it out of three photos in Photoshop.  From where I was standing it was not possible to get the whole scoreboard in the frame. So, I shot three separate frames, making sure to have enough overlap so that Photoshop would be able to piece them together.  In Photoshop I went to File-Automate-Photomerge and just used the presets to create the image.  From there I cropped and straightened the photo.  Looking at it now, I think it could have used a white balance correction.

This is week two of the Weekly Photo Challenge for this year.  Last week I was reading the entry for “Beginning” by Cardinal Guzman, and he had created widgets to use that would allow a blogger to collect photo challenge posts all in one place.  The link I provided will take you to see his creations, one of which I am using in the right hand column of my blog. I would like to thank him for sharing and encourage you to visit his blog if you are interested.

So what do you think of my panorama? Are you a hockey fan?  If you have never seen a game I would encourage you to give it a try.  Check your local rink for a free game!

Cheers!

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Childhood, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

A group of children wait for their shift during a hockey game at a community ice rink:

ISO 3200 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

ISO 3200 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

Taking hockey photos can be a challenge.  In this case, there is a bit of a twist because it was also outdoors at night.  In order to get this photo I had to bump up my ISO to allow for a quick shutter speed to capture the movement of the game.  Also, I had to wear several layers of clothing, because it was cold!  Other than some cropping and sharpening this photo is as it was out of the camera.

Recreation centers provide a lot to the local community.  They can mean different things to different people.  This center for example, has swim lessons, but to my family it is one of the local hockey rinks.  The photo challenge this week at WordPress is community and it is interesting to see all the different ways people think about community. Another community that I am part of is this blogging community. I appreciate my readers and enjoy talking to people who leave comments or whose blogs I visit.  A few days ago I wrote about a change I made to my blog and about changing my theme.  If you would like to take a look and leave a comment about my changes, the post is here.

How about you? Do you use a local recreation center? have you ever watched a youth hockey game? they are a lot of fun, so you should consider dropping by if you never have.  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

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