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.
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.