Last month, I had the privilege to document to the NYSPHSAA Boys Ice Hockey Championship! This year, I wanted to be different from the past years! It's amazing what you can do if you setup a remote camera in two different locations! Of course, it is wised to ask permission first to see if it can be done! Being humbled here, we (my cousin and I) were allow too! The first camera that was setup was on a catwalk structure, this one was photographing over the goalie. What we used was called a Manfrotto 143BKT camera platform, a variable friction magic arm quick release again by Manfrotto, plus a clamp that was used by Manfrotto. I used cable wires as well for safety wise. Plus used the camera strap to but an additional protection as well! The camera body was used was the Canon Mark 1D IV and the lens was a Canon 24-70 2.8F version 1. Plus I used a Pocket wizard to help capture the moment. When getting ready to capture the moment, it is best to do some practice shots. During the warm ups, I would do a pre-focus setup to make sure everything looks alright. After that is done, it's game time! Here are two pictures of the results of what we were able to create!
The good thing about having a camera above is that it gives you an angel if you were unable to document it. I know there have been times this has helped me out this years tournament.
Some times, it doesn't always capture what you want to see. There are times when there is just nothing going on at all during the play. Of course there is the delete button to help cut down on the photographs. Believe it or not, but I think we shot around 1,000 or 2,000 pictures. I think of all four games that we shot at this angel - I was able to get it down to roughly 40 pictures per game. I try to make life easier when viewing the photographs! :-)
Now, the next camera was setup was behind the goalie; however, it was photographing through the glass which makes it tough though! The idea behind thought was what if there was a great goal score or save or reaction shot. I was very lucky to again have one shot. You can see the example below
I was able to get some photographs, but not many though. It was an interesting shot to get just one.
Again, just not many photographs to capture the moment. If I do it next year, I am plan on setting up a different location.