View 350: Frozen Dome Classic

A record crowd of 30,715 were on hand at the Frozen Dome Classic in the Carrier Dome on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

A record crowd of 30,715 were on hand at the Frozen Dome Classic in the Carrier Dome on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/320s, f/3.5, ISO 900, EV +0.3, 13mm focal length, Intensify Pro.

Yes, this is the famous Carrier Dome and that is a hockey rink. Back in June, this was what the dream of the Syracuse Crunch’s owner, Chief Operating Officer and staff was. It became a reality last week as a dedicated team worked around the clock to construct a hockey rink in only four days to fit the Syracuse University owned facility’s event schedule window. Normally, such a job takes two weeks.

Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets players face-off in the Frozen Dome Classic American Hockey League (AHL) game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York on November 22, 2014.

Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets players face-off in the Frozen Dome Classic American Hockey League (AHL) game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York on November 22, 2014.
Photo by Dennis Dunkman.
Nikon D700/24-70mm, 1/800, f/4, ISO 2000, EV +1.0, 35mm focal length, Intensify Pro.

The Frozen Dome Classic consisted of five hockey games played over two days. The Main Event was the game played between the Syracuse Crunch and, their upstate New York rivals, the Utica Comets. Both teams were playing their third game in four days. The players could feel this was a big game with over 30,000 people filling the Dome.  The energy from the huge crowd brought out the best in both teams. It was a close, hard fought game with the Crunch posting a 2 to 1 win much to the delight of the mostly Syracuse crowd. Great to see all the fans from Utica and Oswego, too.

Fans enjoying the Frozen Dome Classic from Section 336 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York on November 22, 2014.

Fans enjoying the Frozen Dome Classic from Section 336 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York on November 22, 2014.
Nikon D7100, Tokina 11-16mm, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 2000, EV 0, 11mm focal length.

When there is a huge crowd for Carrier Dome basketball games and, in this case, hockey, the seating goes way back. You can still see the game but it is a LONG view.  I found some fans which were having a grand time. Central New York sports fans love a big event. Whether it be the first AHL outdoor game which the Crunch hosted back in 2010 or putting a hockey rink in the Carrier Dome. It was fantastic to see them all…30,715 strong, rocking the Carrier Dome like SU was beating Georgetown in the old Big East basketball conference.

How did the Frozen Dome Classic come about? Watch this video…

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Photography Show for Hospice of CNY IV

I would like to invite one and all to this year’s Hospice of CNY Fine Art Photography Show. This is the fourth year I was asked to produce this show and, I think, it is the best one yet.

If you live around Syracuse, the FREE Artist Reception will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the offices of Hospice of CNY (see banner below for the address. It is not far from the 7th North Street exits of Route 81). Refreshments and snacks (including cookies!) will be provided free of charge. This is a great opportunity to see the works of some of the finest local photographers in our area.

Here is a preview of what you will see.

This year I am accompanied by nine Upstate New York Photographers, six of which are new to the show, which created an excellent selection of fifty photographs covering the entire State of New York.

Hope to see you there!

NOTE: If you can not make the reception and would like to see the show, you may visit Hospice of CNY between the hours of 9am and 4pm, Monday thru Friday until the close of the show on January 2, 2015.

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View 349: Hockey’s Back

The 2014-2015 Syracuse Crunch players and coaches on the bench during a game against the Binghamton Senators in an American Hockey League (AHL) contest at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

The 2014-2015 Syracuse Crunch players and coaches on the bench during a game against the Binghamton Senators in an American Hockey League (AHL) contest at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Nikon D700/70-200VR, 1/1600s, f/2.8, ISO 4500, EV +0.7, 150mm focal length.

My third season photographing the Syracuse Crunch hockey team finally started this past weekend. A wedding and vacation had me missing the first four Crunch home games. It was good to get back to covering a team and a game I throughly enjoy.

Syracuse Crunch game against the Rochester Americans on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Syracuse Crunch game against the Rochester Americans on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Friday night’s home game did not give me much action from the Crunch side of things as the Rochester Americans shut them out 3-0. In the collage above, the top two photos are of Dalton Smith (33) getting tripped while trying to score past Americans goalie Andrey Makarov (1) and Tanner Richard (71) gets the ice flying at the end boards. The bottom photos are new members of the Crunch, free-agent veteran Jerome Samson (11) and rookie goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88).

Syracuse Crunch game against the Binghamton Senators on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Syracuse Crunch game against the Binghamton Senators on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

The next night, the Crunch traveled south on I-81 to Binghamton to play the Senators. A more spirited Crunch took the ice and ended up winning 6-3. From upper left, rookie defensemen Slater Koekkoek (65) fires in his first professional goal, Luke Witkowski (82) and Senator’s Derek Grant (57) got to know each other, Philippe Paradis (63) celebrated Cody Kunyk’s (20) goal and Jonathan Marchessault (18) sent the puck in the net to open the scoring.

I have three more games before the big Frozen Dome Classic event on November 21-22, 2014.  Click the link for details.

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View 348: Late Autumn Color

Late Autumn color at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York.

Late Autumn color at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York.

During my vacation to Florida, I missed out on the peak Autumn colors in upstate New York. Last weekend, I went out in search of any late Autumn color while visiting the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York. I found some and something else.

Immature Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) soaring over the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York.

An immature Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) soaring over the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York.
Nikon D7100/80400VR, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 110, EV +0.7, 400mm Focal Length (800mm 1.3x DX).

This immature Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) came soaring over my location at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York. If this eagle survives to its fifth year, it will develop the characteristic white head and tail the species is known for.

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View 347: Disney Vacationing

What a vacation with a wedding in the middle of it.  Here are a few photos from the scrapbook.

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Let us start with the three down the left side from top to bottom: Enjoying a Konk Kooler on Castaway Cay with the Disney Dream cruise ship in the background, meeting Captain Jack Sparrow on a Caribbean island and talking with a camel (long story, check my Twitter feed for it) in Epcot’s Morocco pavilion.

I got to meet and TALK with Mickey Mouse in the Town Square Theater on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Wonderfully entertaining technology. The faces on the children before and after me was priceless as they meet with the talking Mickey.

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