Wide Angle Hockey Perspectives

The Syracuse Crunch allow me a lot of freedom when photographing their home games.  A couple of weeks ago, I brought the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX Wide Angle Zoom lens to a game.  Below are two perspectives of the game I captured with the lens.

Thanks to my friend, Dave Kliment of the FLX Photo blog, you can see I got low on the ice next to where the Crunch players hop on the ice for introductions of the starting lineup. The wide angle lens gave a fun perspective as Mark Barberio jumped onto the ice.

Syracuse Crunch Mark Barberio (8) being introduced to the crowd at the War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.

Syracuse Crunch Mark Barberio (8) being introduced to the crowd at the War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/500s, f/2.8, ISO 3200, EV -1.0, 16mm focal length.

For this next one, I climbed up to the media perch high above the ice surface in the War Memorial arena in Syracuse, New York.  The wide angle lens was able to get most of the arena in the frame.

The War Memorial arena in Syracuse, New York from the media perch up in the rafters.

The War Memorial arena in Syracuse, New York from the media perch up in the rafters.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 360, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length.

While you may not need to go to these extremes, remember to try different perspectives to tell stories in your photography.

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