Avalanche Game / by Justin Fritts

So sports photography is something I don't have a lot of experience with, the timing and quickness at which the photographer must react to what's going on is absurd.  Especially with hockey, planning ahead is very limited.  At least with baseball you know not much is going to happen until the pitcher starts his motion. I don't really have the camera for sports photography, the 1D series are the superior sports cameras but I'm not about to drop $6K on a camera (but seriously 8-10 photos per second, crazy! it sounds like a machine gun).

The other day I landed some tickets to the Av's game, first level behind the net.  I took the 5Dmk2 along with my 24-70 2.8 L and 70-200 2.8 IS L and tried to get some photos.

More photos and conclusions after the fold...

Shot!

Quincey goes right by Hendrick Sedin

Blocked Shot!

Gooooooooooaaaaaaaallllll!!!!!!!!

Goal pt 2

Redirection goes wide.

Sadly this puck went high

Damn Canadians, the whole section was full of them

Another save by Luongo, dammit, I’m feeling desperate

Ice in the face!

Looked like a fight about to happen, gloves never got dropped

Oh, and annoyingly enough, the Av’s started the game up 3-0, then 3-1, then another Av’s goal, 4-1.  Then the Av’s gave up 5 unanswered goals (including one empty netter) and lost 6-4.  What a crappy 2nd and 3rd period.