Haringey Huskies https://www.haringeyhuskies.com first season season taking the reigns from the Haringey Racers, Alexandra Palaces previous premier ice hockey club. The Huskies sit mid table in S2 NIHL of the English Ice Hockey as the season closes. The striking pink shirts that the Huskies played in over the Christmas break was a commitment to raise awareness and funds for #ClairesChallenge in support of cancer treatment. A few of my photographs signed by players contributed in a small way to the support of this cause.
I’ve managed just five games this season and find it one of the most challenging sports to photograph. A combination of less than ideal light, shooting through netting, the speed of play and addiction to the action all contribute towards a really rewarding or truly frustrating evenings shoot. A great team and really worthy of support.
A few technical notes:
I shoot mostly with a 70-200mm 2.8 lens set wide open. I find that 1/800th is the slowest shutter speed I will risk to capture the action 1/1000th preferred, and with ISO set as automatic it records normally between 3-12,000 ISO just depending on the light (which is a bit local at Alexandra Palace)
As soon as I see a static opportunity such as the celebrations above, I aim to reduce the shutter speed to improve quality, especially as I may want a closer crop.
There are many forums that discuss where to stand to capture the best action, I opt for either the sidelines 5-10 metres ahead of goal so that I can concentrate on the keeper, or goalmouth action. Alternatively behind the goal to one side to capture the attacking players at speed.