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Pro ice hockey. Idaho vs. Utah. PLEASE FULL VIEW.

I amuse myself.

I love my job, and I'm very fond of the athletes I work with. All images are ęcopyright 1pen and my sports media company.You may NOT use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.
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DelinquentDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
wow, cracking shot :)
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1pen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :)
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1pen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much!
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
My pleasure!:icontruesmiles:
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WeBgHoSt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
oh, lordy. you said this moment only lasted a second? for some reason, my mind wandered to thinking that the stick snapped shortly after. 
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1pen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Technically, a fraction of a second, since the frame before and the frame afterward just weren't quite it.  ;)  And no, the stick did not snap!!
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WeBgHoSt Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
ah, alright
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elyemo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
that gonna hurt :D lol nice shot btw
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1pen Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :)
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youngzm Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Best hockey/photo caption I've seen.
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1pen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! ;)
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OnePixelUnderGod Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Haha, another awesome shot! :D
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1pen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :heart:
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OnePixelUnderGod Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
You're very welcome! :D
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I can't help asking for the camera data. I would like to try soon to shot that kind of scenes. Once again :clap:
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
Sure!

I took this shot with a simple consumer-grade Canon Rebel T2i that is on its very last leg and no longer shoots at 3.4fps, but something a lot closer to 1. :D (I tend to get incredulous if not mocking looks from other photographers for this, but hey it does the job just fine...usually.) The settings were F2.8, 1/500s, and 1600 ISO, and the focal length was probably at about 100m. The key, though, is just action panning and knowledge of the game.

Knowledge and love of a sport doesn't matter to some, but I feel like it's been very helpful for me. I spend a lot of time during my off hours getting to know the athletes, the buildings, and the sport itself. I know who is who, how their game has been going lately, who is back from injury, their relationship to players on the opposing teams, etc. and that gives me an idea of what is going to happen before it actually happens. Very helpful when burst-mode on your dying camera is not an option. :)
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Thank you for taking time for that very clear explanation...I'm sorry for your EOS 550D (that's how we call it here in Europe :D), it's a very good camera (I owned a T3i and it's quite the same)
I really agree that knowing people is the best way to be able to shot them at the right moment.
And hey F2,8... so it's a quite good lens as it can be guessed seeing the result ;). I'm myself going to try a 70-200 canon tomorrow night (a friend will let me use his ;)) It's exciting ;)
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
Anytime, Pierre. :heart:

My camera bodies get so hammered that I lose at least one every season. Better to go with a $500 body than a $6000 one when working around athletes who will regularly attempt to kill you. ;) I have good glass now. I went my first professional season with a kit lens then as soon as I could afford to make a major investment I went with faster glass. Rinks have pathologically bad lighting so it was a matter of survival.

I'm excited too. What will you be shooting?
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Probably long exposure, architectural subjects, with some vehicles, but I don't know, we haven't planned anything and the weather may be a bit difficult (not as yours though, I shouldn't complain). I'm unsure about the result but at least that will be a good game ;)... the guy is a professional sport (car races) photographer. We've been talking about a session since a long time and that will be our first together. But I'm sure there will be others as I also want to try the lenses by day on moving subjects and he wants to play with textures and buildings like me. That's really cool that kind of exchanges ;).
I have made some photographs at the rink too recently for our enterprise's comity (don't know if it's the right word, it means an internal organization that used some money for employees for their leisure and sport activities). Anyway, I'm a beginner at that but I really would like to try that further. Seems to be so cool :D...
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
That sounds wonderful and exciting! I wish I could do such an exchange with another photographer. You already know I admire your work. It's gotten me looking at my surroundings and wondering how on earth you do it. I may know a little about action, but landscapes and architecture and abstracts have me baffled. My attempts always feel too recognizable and flat. If you take any good shots of action, and I'm sure you will, during your exchange with your friend I hope you will post them to dA. I'd love to see how your adventure went. :)
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Yes, thanks.
For the difference between my work and "action work" I would say simply that you and this friend are real photographers ;). You're mastering the result of raw images and this is one of the thing I admire the most in "pure" photography. All the way, I prefer works where the artist has clearly chosen a side. ;)
I never considered myself as a photographer. The way I think it is that I used raw images and get them to show something else (something that's in them but not visible without a work on it). I try to reach the essence of both the matter and the process and how they interact. This is a source of questions for me.
Though, I always try to keep safe the information: I only try to show more some "datas" than others by playing with digital or physical settings.
I try not to lie. I try to show something else than what is visible and what the tools show primarily, but always something that is here, somewhere, in the matter.
I bet that if I started photography 20 years ago, I would have spend more hours in darkroom than outside :lol:...
For the adventure, we'll see, I stay quite humble as for a guy like me, the result is very chancy and the adventure is also when I'm back before my computer... :lol:
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
happy that the NHL is finally back? =p
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Perhaps! Haha! :giggle:
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MsDeGraeve Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
hahahaha...All he needs is his teddy bear ;)
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
And a blanket. :D
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Exactly my words when I saw this... very amusing image. Can't imagine the comfort levels involved would be worth the effort :P
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Oh the captions that run through my head while shooting hockey. I could create an entire website of them, but I don't think the players would appreciate it. I've learned they absolutely love mocking their teammates and opponents off the photos I've shown them, but aren't pleased when the next photo happens to be of them. :giggle:
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Oh, I can imagine the shenanigans :XD: Both in your head AND player related :D
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BlueMoonScorpio Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :D
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ArwenAmidala Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HA!
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
There are lots of bizarre moments I caught from that game, but this one took top prize. :giggle:
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ArwenAmidala Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll say!! hehe
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katikat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'm not fan of ice hockey, but i gotta say that this is amazing shot!
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
You're not a fan?! I was hooked the moment I first walked into an arena. :) Thank you! A lot of crazy things happen in hockey and it isn't easy to catch them so I was pleased this one turned out.
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katikat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not really, but i've been played it as i were kid, whatever i was not any good about it :D LOL
You're welcome ^___^
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ShirePower Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a fantastic shot!
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you, Shire! :hug:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Photographer
:rofl:
Top notch! :thumbsup:
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you, Khuram!

When the players get really desperate, things get interesting. This was very early in the game when both teams were fighting for the first goal. Utah rarely loses when they get the first goal of the game and Idaho knows it so the competition was fierce in the early minutes to deny them the edge.
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PhotographsByBri Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Amazing capture, well done. :iconbravoplz:
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, Bri! That period saw a lot of action so it was a long while before I was able to take a break and see what came out. Hockey-snow in a shot is beautiful, but sometimes it reduces the quality because the camera shouts "WHAT DO I FOCUS ON?!" when a big wave of white washes over the scene suddenly while the shutter is being released simultaneously. I was panning that group because I knew something unusual was about to happen, and when it finally did and a shower of snow sprayed up, I had no idea if my camera was going to get it just right. It could've been a bit better, but I'm glad it mostly came out. :giggle:
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PhotographsByBri Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Yes I see what you mean but still an amazing capture. :iconbravoplz: Your welcome
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LissaPin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew that sticks are stronger with all the high-tech fabrics and such they use, but that's a bit ridic.

;)
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
:rofl: That lasted for less than a second. It was a chaotic period so I had to wait ten minutes before I could pause and scroll back to see if I had caught that moment and was so pleased that I had.
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CrimzonLogic Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
It looks like he's riding around on the other guy's hockey stick! :lmao:
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
It does! Strange things happen in hockey.... :giggle:
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