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© James Wiley

Photo license: © All rights reserved

This photo is entered in the contest "A Window Of Opportunity"

This shot is the result of about 10-12 games of experimentation in 1982. Shooting in the corner through a pain of glass for years, there were many incidents when there was great action right in front of me against the glass. Unfortunately, I was unable to photograph it because the light falls off in the corners and is impossible to shoot without external light. So, what I did was set up my little Vivitar flash unit on a tripod angled to the right of a pane of glass and connected it to a camera with a 24 mm lens which I kept around my neck. I shot the majority of the games with my 300 mm lens but when I saw anything coming toward that pane of glass, I quickly switched to the 24, hoping for THE shot. Most of them were not good enough, but finally this came along. A forearm shot to the head and an expression to die for. It ran on the AP network and was used extensively worldwide. Shot for Canadian Press

Recipient of a Canadian Press Award.

In my 'Sports and Action' collection.

In the NHL: Game On! photo essay.

27 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    OUCH! This guys face looks like it is morphed into the glass. He took quite a hit,and you created a hit with this shot James! Very worthy of this award. Congrats!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    All killer, no filler (as they used to say about great record albums).

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt   gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    rockin James!

  • ROCIO GUILLEN

    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    WOW! Excellent!

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (9 Jan 2013):

    Peak moment-you were ready!

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    Exclent, James!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    Wow, that was a bruiser and his expression is priceless! What a fabulous shot!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    Excellent capture, poor guy!

  • Robert Versteegen

    Robert Versteegen (Deleted) said (9 Jan 2013):

    wonderful capture. like it

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Perfect capture of the sometimes brutal reality of the sport!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Great insight and yield. Outstanding still picture.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    I miss hockey--great action capture

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    It is difficult to shoot through glass but this shot is exceptional...Congratulations on the award.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (11 Jan 2013):

    Wow, just awesome..not surprised this ran on the AP..ty for explaining in detail how this was captured.

  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

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

    Yikes--a painful shot! Excellent action captured and perfectly photographed.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (11 Jan 2013):

    Your work on this shot totally deserves all the accolades!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson   gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    Wow. Great shot!

  • Mike Melnotte

    Mike Melnotte gave props (13 Jan 2013):

    Fabulous. Worth the wait!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (15 Jan 2013):

    Unbelievable shot,

  • Mark Rosenbaum

    Mark Rosenbaum   gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    Your tips and tricks about shooting are very much appreciated James. Thank you.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    Fantastic shot!!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Super!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Great capture!

  • Barbara Thurlow

    Barbara Thurlow gave props (22 Jan 2013):

    This is amazing.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (29 Jan 2013):

    James, this is FANTASTIC !

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (6 Jun 2013):

    Don´t mess with me kinda of captured. Brilliant shooting.

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