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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.
Also by James Wiley
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