That’s what I thought to myself last weekend when I took a photo during player intros at the Granite City Lumberjacks game last weekend. I was messing around trying something different and I saw something on the back of my camera that I thought was kinda cool. As the lights went down for player intros I figured I would try something different. It is always hard to get any sort of photos when the lights are that low anyways so I let the shutter drag while I followed the skater on the ice. It didn’t really turn out but it gave me an idea to try a shot like that when the lights came back on.
Instead of going to my usual spot and using my usual settings I stayed where I was, in front of the stands and tried out a few shots with longer shutter speeds than I would usually use to freeze the action on the ice. I panned with the skaters back and forth as they when up and down the ice. Not very many of the shots turned out but every once in a while I would get one that looked really cool. I liked it because it was different than the usual game shots. I have taken thousands of shots in that arena and it was fun to try something different.
It was neat to look down and see a photo that I had never taken before. My success rate was not very good but it was challenging and fun to try and get the photos to turn out. I enjoyed shooting that game more than any other this season and it was because I tried something different.
Here a few more of the panning shots that I liked from the game. I have taken photos like this before but it was of cars going around a race track. Hockey is such a fast game it is cool to be able to show that a little in the photos. If nothing else it was fun to shoot in a different style that I always do when shooting the Lumberjacks games.