Event Photography

Winterlude Mascots: The Ice Hogs

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Is a festival really a festival if it doesn’t have a mascot… or family of mythical mascots? These cute, furry creatures are called Ice Hogs. They are some sort of mythical creature family that loves everything to do with the cold and winter and they hibernate in the summer months because they hate the heat. Of course, I snapped a pic of my fam with these cuddly little creatures, but here is a sneaky shot over the shoulder of tourists doing their thing.

 

Wedding Photography & Dyptichs

In a couple weeks, my wife and I will be heading to the sunny Bahamas for my cousin’s wedding, and man are we excited. It’ll be our first trip without kids in about five years. Since I’ve never been to a small island before, I’m looking forward to experiencing a whole new culture and way of living (since we’re currently going through a deep freeze here in Canada), and I hope to have a bunch of new photos to share on the blog when I get back.

On the topic of wedding photography, I often find myself in awe of some of the amazing wedding photos I come across on the web. I almost can’t understand how photographers get the shots they do, and I could only imagine how nervous I’d be if I were in their position. Having said that, I was probably a little too in the way of my other cousin’s wedding photographer, but at least I was able to come away with a couple images that I’ve put in the dyptychs below.

And I really liked this image of the first dance, so I decided to include it too. I thought the dress was absolutely beautiful…

Though I don’t have any aspirations of getting myself into wedding photography, it was fun snapping away. However, If I ever had the opportunity to second-shoot someday, I wouldn’t hesitate to jump at the chance.

What are your experiences with wedding, party, or event photography? I’d love to hear your stories.

Sports Photography

I love sports photographs, I always have. Whether they are portraits of players, or high flying actions shots frozen in time. I used to analyze the photos on my hockey and baseball cards, and spent hours trying to draw them out on paper. When I was a kid, my dad was a photographer, and did his fair share of sports photography – NHL, World Ice Hockey Championships, and even Major League Baseball on occasion.

This past summer, while my oldest son played soccer, I decided to try my hand at sports photography on one or two occasions. At the time, I only had my fifteen dollar 80-200mm manual focus no-name lens, but I was up for the challenge. And, this is what I learned…

I loved it, but it was hard. Athletes are fast-moving targets, even when they’re four and five years old. Especially when you’re manually zooming and focusing at the same time.

Early in my first game I missed a lot of shots to blurriness and poor composition. I know that some famous sports photographs are cropped after the fact, but I wanted to try hard to get it right while I shot.

You have to understand the game and it’s player tendencies. Anticipation is the name of the game, so if you don’t regularly follow a particular sport, you may be shocked at how few telling images you walk away with. That’s not to say that I have a library full of great images from my few games, but I have a couple that I really like. I’m sure one image per game is a good goal to shoot for… no pun intended.

You have to try shooting from different angles – wide so that your image can tell a grander story, low to the ground so that you have action from different perspectives, from in front or behind the play, etc.

Follow the ball, puck, or birdie and keep it in the frame. Try to time your image so that the player is just about to throw, catch, or kick the ball. It draws the viewer in and creates more drama and excitement.

Don’t just focus on the in-game action. be aware of what’s going on around the game and try to capture that as well. Whether it’s a fan on the sidelines or a candid moment between a coach and player during a stoppage in play.

Now, these are just a few of the things I am learning to look for. There are many more tips and tricks that you can learn from a seasoned professional, but at the moment, I’m having a blast shooting little league sports.

Till next time, keep your stick on the ice!