The Haringey Huskies, a brand new ice hockey team for the 2018 season competing in the NIHL (national Ice Hockey League) Div 2 playing out of Alexandra Palace. I have been following and photographing the Huskies (and previously Racers) for a number of years. If you are interested in technique for photographing ice hockey please check out some comments I have added at the foot of this blog.
I have been following and photographing the Huskies (and previously Racers) for a number of years and confirm whilst it is an exhilarating sport to follow its more than a challenge to capture. I am still learning. Poor lighting and shooting through a net as we have at Alexandra Palace (rather than plexiglass) are a few. Shooting wide open at f2.8 on a longish lens (70-200mm is ideal) for losing the nets. 1/1000 or 1/800 will capture most of the action though with high ISO resulting and some obvious grain.
Purpose built rinks generally offer better lighting and plexi-glass which once you find a good spot can make shooting much easier. The last set of photos in this blog were shot at the Raiders home rink and you can see the results.
My approach and recommendation is to use a variety of approaches try … (i) a fast shutter speed and simply capture the action – stand anywhere with a view of the goal (ii) try panning shots, i use 1/50 to highlight the sheer speed of the game – there are more opportunities around the centre line for this as they gather speed, and (iii) be nimble in swapping from a high shutter speed to a low 1/250 or 1/500 to reduce ISO after a score to capture the celebration in optimum quality.