Week 45: Cawlidge Hawkey

So for those outside the US (and outside the sports viewing population), there is an ESPN announcer named John Buccigross.  He is a hockey fan, one of the few at the media giant, and he has a twitter hashtag #CawlidgeHawkey where people send pictures of College Hockey games (pronounced “Cawlidge Hawkey” for those of us from this region of the US).

I have season tickets to the University of Connecticut (UConn) college hockey team, so you might see more of these kinds of shots in the future, but this particular week I was invited by a good friend to go see another local college team, Quinnipiac University (QU).  They play in a different conference than UConn, but the teams already met early this year (UConn won, 4-1).  Earlier that week I got to see UConn upset #3 Boston College, and considering how young the UConn program is, that was quite a feat.  This night, #4 Colgate was in town playing in Hamden.  QU crushed them 5-0.  The following night they beat Cornell, and UConn tied #5 Boston University, so an excellent week for college hockey in Connecticut.

The UConn games have a 90mm lens restriction, but I found no such restriction on the QU info sheets, so I brought my Olympus OM-2n with a 35-105mm zoom on it.  I had some Fuji 800 loaded, and a second roll of Tri-X 400 shot at EI 800.  I developed the Fuji in a Jobo press kit and the Kodak in Ilford DD-X for 10 minutes @ 20C.  It was a grain fest for both rolls, and considering how well lit the arena was, I probably could get by with 400 speed film.  If I go back, I’ll probably bring a longer lens as well, depending on where I sit.  The ice also confused the light meter I think, esp for the B&W shots and I was too involved in the game to think to adjust it.  But it was my first time shooting such a fast sport, so all new experiences.  This particular lens seemed a little too soft for such a game, and I think if I was to choose a different camera, I’d probably take my Canon EOS 3 with a more modern zoom lens.

Nice arena

Nice arena

Faceoff Bobcat

Faceoff Bobcat

Into the Corner

Into the Corner

Face wash

Face wash

Faceoff Dot

Faceoff Dot

Intermission

Intermission

Big Hit

Big Hit

Stay Onsides!

Stay Onsides!

Handshake Line

Handshake Line

I needed to finish out the roll, so I also took a few ‘star trails’ shots.  This one came out best.  This used the Zuiko 50mm/1.8, 15 minute exposure on F8.

Star Trails

Star Trails

5 thoughts on “Week 45: Cawlidge Hawkey

  1. There’s something about the sound of a puck slapping against the boards and the smell of a rink that pulls me right back to my Canadian childhood.

    I initially thought “Cawlidge Hawkey” was another type of box camera that I was going to fall in love with.

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    • Oh Heather, that is so funny, I can actually see thinking that. “Cawlidge Hawkey, the new panoramic box camera from Kodak”.

      I am not Canadian, but have a Canadian’s love of hockey. My first pro sporting was seeing the New England Whalers (in the WHA) with Gordie Howe, “Mr Hockey”. I think I was 5 or 6. The experiencing Team USA’s win over CCCP Red Army team at Lake Placid, and the win over Finland to win the gold medal, cemented it. Played lots of pond hockey, but strangely never played in a rink till I moved to California. Go figure.

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