Skating on Thin Air! (Now in Stories)

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Now that the NHL lockout is over, fans will be seeing more of this. The result of a devastating body check, this was taken in 1982 and was the recipient of both National Press Photographers Association and Canadian Press Awards.

There are two ways to shoot hockey. The easy way: Simply focus on the net and wait for the action to come to you. It will. Unfortunately, it results in a lot of shots that look very much the same.

The hard way: Follow focus on the puck carrier. This is difficult, especially with a 300mm 2.8 lens set wide open and shooting this tight. The depth of field is almost nil so your focus has to be dead on, which requires dedicated concentration. However, by shooting the hard way you occasionally will get shots like this. They are rare but so satisfying. Shot for Canadian Press.

In my 'Sports and Action' collection.

In the NHL: Game On! photo essay.

22 responses

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (6 Jan 2013):

    a masterful capture!!! great title---I miss hockey; I hope there will be something this year

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley said (6 Jan 2013):

    There will be James, the lockout was settled today!

  • Tina Wichmann

    Tina Wichmann gave props (6 Jan 2013):

    Wow! Great timing!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (6 Jan 2013):


  • Patrick Marella

    Patrick Marella gave props (6 Jan 2013):

    awesome shot well done !

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (6 Jan 2013):

    Excellent shot!!!! Fantastic photo work!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (6 Jan 2013):

    Your timing is impeccable of this great athlete James,and I love the look of amazement on the faces of the spectator with the hat and the person behind him. So neat!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (7 Jan 2013):

    I can just hear the crowd give an collective 'OOOOOH'!! I think you're right about two ways to shoot, and you obviously scored big on this shot!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (7 Jan 2013):

    Wow..rare shot this is! perfect timing!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (7 Jan 2013):

    My grandfather would have called this ass over teakettle....he was English....go figure....perfect capture

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (7 Jan 2013):

    Great timing! Well done.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (7 Jan 2013):

    Wow! Magnificent shot! I hope the hockey player didn't get injured from his fall.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (7 Jan 2013):

    Super capture of this unfortunate fellow!! A very challenging type of photography and with amazing results!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (8 Jan 2013):

    Aghhhh!! What great timing!! Fabulous shot James!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    excellent timing!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    Hockey is back, everyone is happy, hope this doesn't happen too often though, great shot, James

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Great catch! Real stunt for the athlete and also for the photographer.

  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   said (11 Jan 2013):

    Such an awesome photo--photographed at the perfect time. Love the reaction of the audience too!

  • Michael Lipin

    Michael Lipin gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    So dramatic! Thanks for explaining how you got this shot. Concentration pays off...

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    What a capture!

  • kenneth boston

    kenneth boston gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    brilliant moment.

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols said (15 Jan 2013):

    Nice catch! As a photographer for the local AHL team, The Norfolk Admirals, I can agree. I have a shot very similar to this. I shoot the hard way, always following the action. The AHL is now facing some major changes in rosters due to the NHL's return. I'm happy for the NHL and for the players that will now get their chance with the big boys. It's gonna be an intense season! Bring it on!

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