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Top 11 Pics

Over the last two weeks Minneapolis has been a busy three sport city with the Timberwolves, Wild, and Twins all playing at the same time. Over the last 12 days I’ve covered 11 events including; 2 Wild,  3 Wolves, and 6 Twins games and I’ve also thrown in a home office remodel project (why not right, pics are on Twitter and Instagram if you really want to see).

So here it is, my top 11 pics from 11 events. Enjoy and Share!

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Visiting Teams

As much as I like photographing the Wild (or any of the home teams), its always fun to see some fresh faces and teams come into town and change things up. Last night was Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Surprisingly out of the last three plus years I’ve been photographing the NHL, this is the first time I’ve had the Pens.  So here’s a quick gallery of my favorite 9 images from the game…enjoy (and share too)!

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The Red Wings

I’ve been a Red Wings fan for quite a while now and it’s always fun when I get to go photograph them (don’t worry Minnesota, you’re a close 2nd). We’re allowed to be fans as well as photograph the games, right? Unfortunately there was no Zetterberg or Datsyuk (hurt) and Lidstrom (retired) so you’re left with a new crop of young players who I don’t get to watch enough of. So here’s a handful of shots from todays game. Enjoy Detroit fans…Minnesota, I’m sure I’ll post some Wild player pics soon.

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Camera Cheat Sheet

Recently I’ve been getting the same questions from people who have recently upgraded their cameras to new DSLR’s and want to know more about them. Specifically, they’re photographing sports and it’s not turning out as awesome as they’d hoped when they made the jump from a point and shoot, to a “real” camera. I really don’t mind answering the questions because I really do want to help, but it always comes down to understanding what the basic functions of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. I usually explain to people its a balancing act between those 3 settings and finding the right sweet spot for whatever sport you’re photographing and what your camera/lens can handle.

So I found this cheat sheet online and I wish I could give credit to whoever made it (it’s got the Canon logo so I’ll assume it’s theirs) but I think it does an awesome job and explaining what changing your camera settings will do to your image.  So in the words of Fast Times at Ridgemont High‘s Brad Hamilton, “learn it, live it, love it”.

After you memorized this and your pics still aren’t quite where you want them, you’re going to want to upgrade cameras and lenses….trust me, all the big stuff isn’t for show, you’ll need it. Enjoy!

What your camera settings really do

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The Oilers

I feel like a lost a bet. I have a couple of high school friends who love the Oilers and dream of the day when Edmonton is no longer cellar dwellers in the west. The Wild were up 3-0 in the first and looked like they were going to put a beat down on the Oilers and I’d get to rub their faces in it but they let it slide away so I feel I owe them a post featuring nothing but Edmonton Oiler players.  Sorry Minnesota Fans, they deserve it…

If you want to see the entire game set (or any Wild players), you can go to USA Today: http://www.usatodaysportsimages.com/setImages/163812

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