It's been a while but I found my way back to Xcel Energy Center to cover another Wild game. I believe this month I have 7 total games requested so if I'm assigned them then it's going to be a very busy month of December for me, which is good! Colorado is a team that's been ehh this year, Minnesota came into the game on a 2 game winning streak and the game in general was pretty boring. Minnesota controlled the play and had the puck in the other end that I was shooting from, so a lot of the game I was just sitting there and watching the video board so I could fire off my remote camera I had set up (more on that in a bit).
Some photos and then I'll talk about my remote camera I had:
So for my remote set up I used my Canon 1D Mark II, 70-200 f/2.8 (thanks Aaron), Pocket Wizard Plus IIIs, Manfrotto Magic Arm, and then a couple of safety cables. To set it up I mount one of my Pocket Wizards (PW) into the hotshoe of my camera, then connect the pre-trigger cable to the camera body and the PW. Then I mount it all onto my Magic Arm. To actually fire it, I attach the other PW to my camera I have with me that I shoot with so that every time I press the shutter release, the remote camera will fire. The biggest downside to this is that I had over 400 photos that were just of the goalie standing there that I had to delete. Once I head up to the catwalks, I clamp the magic arm down on the railing, get my frame set up, then get my focus locked down. Once I do that I check my settings and that's when I safety cable everything. I have a little loop that screws into the bottom of my camera body from one of my Black Rapid straps so the safety cable carabiner can attach to it, then I add another safety cable to the PW in case something happens to that. Once I do that, I check my focus again and that's when I use gaffer tape to tape down the focus ring and zoom ring. You also need to make sure that the lens is set to manual focus.
And some photos from it:
Alright, that's all from me. Dec. 12th I'm covering the Boston Pride vs. Minnesota Whitecaps game when they play at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. I believe this is being billed as the first professional women's hockey game in the state, so I definitely want to be there. See you then!
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1D Mark II
70-200 f/2.8 L x2
Manfrotto Magic Arm
Pocket Wizard Plus IIIs