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High Up

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the catwalk of the Xcel Energy Center and setting up a camera to take overhead photos of the Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild. While I’m not exactly “scared” of heights but I’m not super comfortable with it either. The entire time you’re walking, you have a death grip on your equipment so nothing can fall below into the stands or the ice. The general public isn’t in the arena yet because you set up the camera before they are allowed in, but being safe is critical. It’ll take one person to drop something onto the ice and arenas will ban it…..so be careful.

I’ve also included a number of “keepers” I took from the game. Typically you hope for a 2-3 that are pretty good….and sometimes you stretch it to 5-6 because of the effort it takes to set this up. Surprisingly, I think I had quite a few good ones. Unfortunately Nashville and Minnesota both had their #2 (or #3) goalies in (Carter Hutton and Darcy Kuemper). I was hoping for Rinne and Backstrom..oh well.

Enjoy the video and the images!

MN Wild catwalk from Brad Rempel on Vimeo.

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Remote Cameras

A quick step by step process for beginners on how to set up wireless remote camera. This process will tell you what equipment is needed, how to set it up, and how it works. It’ll be easier then you thought and it allows you to photograph from 2 places at once (or more)!

A quick step by step process for beginners on how to set up wireless remote camera. This process will tell you what equipment is needed, how to set it up, and how it works. It’ll be easier then you thought and it allows you to photograph from 2 places at once (or more)!

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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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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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