Quite a year for the Huskies who have strengthened their squad, come second in the league and gained a well earned place in the final of the Wilkinson Cup at the close of the season. They always make a exciting evening for the spectator, and now have sizeable and loyal following. Alexandra Palace remains their home and has been filled to capacity more than a few times this year. I am delighted again to be the Huskies ‘de facto’ photographer and I am happy to share images from the 2021-2022 season here
More photographs from the 2022 season can be found here;
Its been a year now since the Huskies took to the ice. In March their ‘elite status’ gave an invitation to the EIHA South Cup to play teams a division or so higher than them. Sadly no supporters at the Palace, and a slightly strange atmosphere where the home crowd certainly add an edge. The six match series ended with a deserved win for Huskies away at MK Thunder. So looking forward to what they can achieve next season!
These photographs are free to use for anyone promoting the Haringey Huskies, please do credit me as photographer. For all other uses please contact me before use
I am including a few technical notes and hints for photographers like me, who have found ice hockey and indoor venues a challenge, and learnt through practice (these are all specific for Alexandra Place though should help at other venues)
Set a white balance for the lighting and venue – this is so important to keep the ice naturally white Exposure compensation – I normally use +1.0 again to balance the amount of white in the frame. Check the lighting – at Alexandra Palace it’s definitely 1 stop brighter on one side on the rink 800-1/1000th sec is what you will need to capture the action, slow to 1/500th or less for celebrations and best quality. Shoot wide open f2.8-3.2 due to shooting through nets and use auto ISO, for most this all means shooting in MANUAL. Shoot in RAW where you can to help balance the lighting variations in post If your kit means you are pushing your ISO so high the grain is a problem, consider investing in Topaz DeNoise or similar A fast 70-200mm lens or similar is my go to, and all you should need to get going
Shooting locations vary so much and always need to be governed by SAFETY especially shooting through nets (the puck can travel as up to 100mph), also respect for the paying supporters, though my experience is a polite request to swap places to get the perfect aspect generally works. My favourites are (i) 45 degree angle focusing on the goal action though also covering attacks (ii) behind the goal though well to one side (out of the line of stray shots on goal) to capture attacks upfield and goalmouth incidents where you will get the attacking side front on and (iii) directly aligned/perpendicular to the goal for shots of the goal tender and goalmouth action.
I’ve not covered a multitude of other approaches such as panning shots to emphasize the speed etc. As always you will want to capture what is unique to your approach and stands out to best represent your team or subject. Do contact me with any questions
Haringey Huskies finish their 2020 season as Champions of the NIHL Div 2 South. Mostly shot at their home in Alexandra Palace they have a growing and loyal following. This year despite still shooting through a net expect to see more and more panning shots typically between 1/40 and 1/60th sec, enough to freeze a portion of the action though still convey the speed and dynamic of this tough and fast sport.