This weekend, the Iceplex was hosting youth hockey tournaments. And since I was going to go out to meet Chad Streck, whose in town from Appleton for the tournaments, I decided I should probably bring the camera. I was out there for Chads sons whole game and filled up my 1gig flash card. I shoot in RAW format so that’s only 133 pictures, but I think it’s the first time I’ve ever filled up the card while doing a shoot.
Also, my first 30 or so shots were taken before the game even started while I worked with settings to get the exposure right. It’s also the first time I had the ISO cranked up to 800. With action photography, it’s important to have high shutter speeds to freeze the action and prevent too much blur. In order to get 1/500th second shutter speeds at f2.8 required the ISO800. The higher ISO results in grainier pictures as you will see in the gallery. Since I’ve never dealt with grainy pictures before, I have no software for cleaning them up, such as Noise Ninja.
I quickly realized, that I don’t have the proper glass for this type of photography(at least not yet). The only lens I could really use was my 50/1.8. This is not a great lens. Certainly not a fast focusing lens.
Ok, so of the 130 pictures I took, I only processed 21 of them. None are remarkable, but some are ok.
The experience was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the game. BTW, Chads sons team won. I hope to invest in some more glass this year as I really want to expand in youth sports photography.