Olympic Fever

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Half way through yesterdays Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks game it hit me that there are quite a few players on these two teams that will be representing their countries in the upcoming Olympics. People on the same NHL team will become rivals and current NHL rivals will become deeper rivals when the Olympics start. You’ll see similar pictures in the future but these guys will be representing their countries, fighting the same battles, against the same players. Enjoy a quick snapshot of players heading to the Olympics.

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Top 11 Pics – Hawaii Vacation

So it’s been awhile since I covered any sports but I did get away to Hawaii for 11 days over the new year, so I thought I’d share my top 11 pics from the 11 days I was there. It was my 1st time to Hawaii (Maui) and it really is a spectacular place. You can take sunset picture every night from the same location and the pics will always be unique. We couldn’t fit a lot of what we wanted to do into the trip but I think we still did a bulk of what was planned….maybe I’ll get the rest in another time. Enjoy!

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This Didn’t Happen

When I’m photographing an event, you try to capture relevant moments that happen during a game as well as great pictures. During the Minnesota Gophers vs Penn State football game I had 4 images that turned out great but all the passes turned out to be incomplete…therefore, they didn’t really happen and have zero relevance to the game.  Out of all of these photos, one didn’t even make the USA Today game images gallery. (I also had another of an interception in the endzone, but it was called back on a penalty- defensive offside). Oh Well….try again another day.

All images © Brad Rempel and USA Today Sports Images.

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Remote Cameras Part II

So I decided to try a little different angle with the over remote camera at the last Minnesota Wild game. Again I wanted to wait for a name goaltender, so Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks gets the nod. Unfortunately the Blackhawks thumped the Wild 5-1 and it seemed like majority of the action was at the other net. Overall, I think I prefer this angle vs the direct overhead shot from my last post.

I don’t think the images were “spectacular” so I’ll try it again on Friday, with the Montreal Canadiens Carey Price.

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Remote Cameras

At the start of this NHL season I really wanted to try using a remote camera around the arena just to get some different shots to see how’d turn out. My first attempt this year is the (often used) overhead goalie shot and overall I’m pretty pleased with the results, but there’s always room for improvement. I wanted to make sure I got a stud goalie so I went with Predators goalie, Pekka Rinne. Unfortunately Jonathan quick was opening night and it wouldn’t have worked out with other shots I was trying to capture. I’m also going to try some more with Corey Crawford with the Blackhawks on Monday night.

The scariest thing about the remote camera is going to the very top of the arena on the catwalk looking straight down at the ice. I’m not scared of heights……but I feel much safer on the ground. The cell phone pics of the set up dont really do it justice and I might have to video myself up there someday. The problem is that you have a death grip on all your equipment because your scared of dropping something. Here’s a handful of shots, I hope you enjoy! The rest of the images can be found at Icon SMI and on Facebook.

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