Day 5 – A Day of Firsts’

Today was the first day of hockey games for the Women’s event here in Vancouver. It was also the first games to be played at each of the two hockey venues, UBC and CHP. It was the first time Slovakia played in the Olympic Winter Games on the women’s side and it was the first time Canada has won a game by such a large margin, beating the Slovaks 18-0.

With it being the first Olympic hockey game I have ever shot, it was also the first time I had the chance put the Nikon D3 camera to the test along with the new 70-200m f2.8 AF-S II,… and it was pretty amazing. I don’t typically shoot with such a camera body as frames per second and buffer capacity don’t typically offer much to a guy who shoots with lights 99% of the time, but it was kind of nice to get out of the box for a bit and try squeezing off a few rounds like my press colleagues do. Although the power and sound gave me a sense of confidence that nothing could flash by me without my shutter rattling off a few dozen frames of whatever was in front of the lens, I wasn’t thrilled about having to edit through 10 times as many images as I would typically shoot. It was interesting to see what I had captured during a few of the bursts though, as the camera was grabbing moments at 11 frames per second. It was quite impressive actually.

Well, tomorrow with bring some more hockey games before we take a day to capture the men’s teams portraits and team photos, so time ot call it quits and get rested for another day.

Be sure to check out the image gallery at http://www.iiihf.com and enjoy,

MM


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