Radiant Athlete Refocuses My Attention

The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games were held last week on Feb.21st, 2014 at First Ontario Centre (Copps Coliseum). I really enjoyed meeting Track Star, Meaghan Rice from St. Marys. I used to love Track and Field and found Meaghan to be a multi talented athlete.  When I met Meaghan, she was talking to herself by the high jump pit. I immediately saw the big "M" on her sweatshirt and asked if she was from St. Marys.

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Proud to say she was a Crusader and really enjoys the pentathlon. As a photographer I zoned in because I want to photograph a variety of events. I missed Meaghan's gold winning performance in shot put. She threw an 8.9m on her last throw to win. I was excited to watch Meaghan's next event, high jump. She cleared the bar for a personal best at 1.50m, as she celebrates with her coach. Unfortunately, Ms. Rice did not place in long jump. I am certain there will be more great Track and Field results from Meaghan Rice in the future. (It was nice to see some of the McMaster Students out of uniform volunteering their time to help with the meet too!)

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Funny story! When I was in middle school, I trained with Athlete's International. I begged my parents for a high jump shoe...yes just one shoe OMG-LOL! Then when high school came I trained with a javelin and discus. My neighbor's dog would play catch with me....just kidding! So many styles of high jump.  The Fosbury Flop, Scissors and I don't know what some of these other ones are.

Highjump2Congratulations Katrina Kerekesch from Highland High School in Dundas with a first place jump of 4.39m.

longjumpWith all the Canadian hockey love during the Olympics, it helped me to produce the 2013-2014 DMHA yearbook. It is always a lot of work for all the volunteers and community to gather and submit the images and content, but they did an amazing job! Special shoutout to Amy Yanover who in my professional opinion was a dream to work with! The yearbooks will be distributed on March 22nd at the Dundas Minor Hockey Association Championship Day!

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Natalie Achonwa plays her final home game of the season on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at the University of Notre Dame, IN. I love American NCAA Basketball and a good roadtrip. Can't wait to see Natalie in action on the court against North Carolina. 

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Friday, February 28th I will be back in Hamilton to photograph the Bulldogs take on some Monsters from Lake Erie. Joonas Natinnen pins the Marlies for Lucky girl to get a quick click! 

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The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s 2014 women’s basketball champions will be decided Feb. 27-March 1 at Mohawk College.

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I LOVE BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER!

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Sponsored Moments in Play!

I love a clean background because it always makes the subject in play stand out. Sometimes you don't have a choice when photographing in public venues. There is a lot of sponsor signage and team logos everywhere. When covering the game you have to take the action where it's happening.

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Once in a while you get lucky when something amazing happens - framed up, locked into the play and it all just works.

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And then sometimes you just have to laugh! Referees and other interference in photographing sports is inevitable. The way I look at it is, it makes me more agile and creative in my shooting.  

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Silence is a beautiful thing! Be patient and wait for that right moment. Go early and stay late is just part of a photographers business hours.

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Sponsors spend an enormous amount of money to keep our athletic programs and athletes active. It takes a lot of work to get sponsors and even more effort to keep them. My marketing background makes me hypersensitive to appreciating and valuing great sponsors. 

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When photographing minor sports in recreational facilities positioning is critical to get the shot. Signage around the venue can add character to your photograph, bring depth and tell a story. A photo is worth a thousand words!

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Most wall art is balanced around the gym floor. Team logos are generally behind the endlines and pennants/banners may hang from the ceiling. It is important to know your angles to prepare yourself for the frame. 

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Messaging and call to action is important in efficient signage. With great branding just a glimpse of a logo can stimulate a viewer to act!

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Support the Allan Cup on April 14th-20th at J.L. Grightmire Arena, Dundas, Ontario

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Goals Few and Far Between for School Day Bulldogs

Source: Bulldogs Communications (Hamilton Scores)

For a fifth straight game, the Hamilton Bulldogs had little to show for their efforts and sent home more than 12,000 disappointed fans after dropping a 3-1 American Hockey League decision to the visiting Rochester Americans on Wednesday (Nov. 13).

But the one positive outcome of the School Day Game (the opening faceoff was at 10 a.m.) at Copps Coliseum was Bulldogs’ rookie forward Sven Andrighetto scoring in a fourth consecutive game.

School day fans cheer on the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

The loss left Hamilton with a 5-6-0-3 record while their North Division rivals improved their first place standing with a 6-3-2-2 record. Despite the five straight setbacks Hamilton sits third in the division, just three points back of the Amerks. Hamilton has scored one goal in each of its last three games.

Rochester got a pair of goals from Luke Adam – his 10th and 11th of the season – and a single marker from Phil Varone.

Andrighetto notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season to tie the game 1-1 after one period of play.

After a scoreless second period, Adam scored just 23 seconds into the third period. His second goal was into a net vacated by goaltender Dustin Tokarski for an extra attacker.

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Tokarski made 33 saves on 35 shots for the Bulldogs and his counterpart, Matt Hackett, stopped 26 shots.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Americans went 1-for-6.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday (Nov. 15), when the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche) visit Copps for a 7:30 p.m. game.

And for that game, the Bulldogs should have forward Gabriel Dumont and defenceman Greg Pateryn in their lineup. The two were returned to Hamilton from the Montreal Canadiens after a callup to the National Hockey League team.

Over 12,000 filled the stands at Copps on Wednesday. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Dumont has been held pointless in two games with Montreal this season. In 12 games with Hamilton this season he has four assists.

Pateryn has not dressed with Montreal this season. He has played in seven games with Hamilton this season, recording seven points (three goals, four assists) and eight penalty minutes.

Scoring summary

1st Period: 1. RCH – Phil Varone (4) – (Unassisted) – 5:02 2. HAM – Sven Andrighetto (7) – (Mike Blunden, Martin St. Pierre) – 14:20

2nd Period: No scoring

3rd Period: 3. RCH – Luke Adam (10) – (Kevin Sundher, Mike Zigomanis) – 0:23 4. RCH – Luke Adam (11) – (Jamie Tardif, Phil Varone) – 19:41 (EN, PP)

Shots:

Rochester: 14-8-14–36 Hamilton: 10-9-8–27

Attendance: 12,185

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Hamilton Bulldogs Organization and Photographer Brandon Taylor for the invitation to photographs such an energizing event!  What a real life experience field trip to go to an AHL game with 12K+ of your peers...On a school day....YAY! I tried to get around as much as possible to photograph all the amazing Bulldog posters and the fans. I only wish I could have photographed them all. My personal growth lesson for day was to challenge myself by shooting strobe the entire game on ice level. That meant no 4oo from the birds nest or rapid fire. Sometimes changing the camera settings from crowd shots to action was a challenge. Brandon is tremendously encouraging and really fun to shoot with. I focused more than usual on ambiance of the event and specifically the crowd.  I was in AWE!!!! Copps Coliseum SHOOOOOOOOK with the kids making noise...I think the girls won LOL! I hope you feel the energy when you watch the highlights of the game from my perspective.  Get out to a Hamilton Bulldog game...It would be nice to see that energy again and everyone cheering for great hockey!!! Go Dawgs! Ok so it wasn't a victory, but the kids celebrated like it was! Hamilton Bulldogs (1) vs Rochester Americans (3) at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton on November 13, 2013

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What Can I learn Today?

Let’s get personal…Could I do better…Yes!  I may be my biggest critic, but I put myself out there everyday with fear of failure. I focus, I’m determined, but really I’m nervous. I think it’s just human nature to be scared of the unknown-worried to disappoint. How do you get better if you don’t take risks? Life lesson from my daughter today http://www.hamiltonscores.com/2013/10/16/no-camp-fire-sing-songs-basketball-hopeful-had-a-ball/

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I recently put together my Sports & Industrial Accreditation for PPOC-Professional Photographers of Canada. It’s my first time applying and it is really hard to get your “Accreditation”-AND it should be, these are the best of the best photographers who are experts in their field. I wanted to show my versatility of sport shooting. In 1996, I bought my first professional camera body for the World Cup Lacrosse. It was film and compared to today’s standards, it’s hard to get a great digital copy. Because these were my first publications I felt it necessary to include them.

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Oh what a learning week! I’m used to shooting a certain way, but I am always trying to streamline my workflow. I set myself apart from other photographers with my creative post process abilities. I love seeing something in an image and making art out of it, but that’s when you have time.  The Dundas Museum and Archives with Carnegie Gallery asked for submissions for “My Dundas”. Dyment’s Farm and The Peak are two of my most favorite places. I shot a panoramic of Dyment’s Farm for their 125th Celebration Cookbook. I had a hard time getting it printed and framed properly because of the irregular size, but I think the end result is fabulous. Again trying a new print process, I had “Train Below The Peak” printed on a 20x30 pearlescent paper. I’d say it certainly makes an impact.

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I tested out the Nikon 300mm/f2.8 and D4 at the DMHA-Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Fundraiser.  Full image gallery coming soon! Still in love with my D3s, but salivating over the 300mm lens. OMG $$$$$-But so worth it!  I am very grateful to be a member of NPS, but forgot to look at time and date metadata on the D4. Argh, it was set for another country, so sorting images is a nightmare.  Oh not to mention ran out of space on my computer and accidentally deleted my Lr file :(

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Brandon Taylor-Hamilton Bulldogs Team Photographer invited me to photograph the Home Opener at Copps Coliseum. It was such a privilege to work with Brandon. “You’re not afraid of heights?” he asks. To the catwalk we go and turn on the strobes. I have never used strobes in Copps Coliseum and wasn’t sure if my PocketWizard TT1 would sync. Did a few test shots with the fisheye above “Et Voila!”

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So going back to the unknown. Brandon was kind enough to share his strobes. So we split the ice, therefore shooting half the game. I've never shot this way and was terrified of triggering his strobes or interfering with his photography. There were many moments that I wanted to poach on his end because I had a great shot…No worries, I was pretty timid. Using the 400mm at center ice has its advantages, especially with goalie shots and an angle above that you can't get on the boards at ice level.

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OK remember I’m human and I don’t know the venue. So you know those paper media passes they give you, like the Golden Ticket to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Mine fell off…Phew I eventually found it, but I could get into the media room without it. It didn’t help that I don’t know my way around the facility. Got the bugs worked out by the end of the night. I now know Copps Coliseum from the top of the catwalk to the basement parking lot. 

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For the rest of the game I worked around ice hotspots, reflections, sticky fingers and smudges on the glass. Went back to the way I normally photograph-Fast and Furious. Got some great shots of the fans, had an awesome time and can’t wait to shoot again! Now for those who know me, I was supposed to photograph the Calder Cup last year with Scott Thomas-Syracuse Crunch Team Photographer. On my way down for game seven, but didn't get there because it ended in game 6...Arghhhhh! Hey just gonna put it out there...Team Photographer for Hire! Yup Right Here! 

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Click To View Full Gallery:10-11-13 St. John IceCaps (2) vs Hamilton Bulldogs (3) Home Opener at Copps Coliseum Top Shots on G+ Album [Here]  First Hockey Game this Season wooohooo! Check out this Video-What Great Hockey Mentors! DMHA | October 3, 2013 | J.L. Grightmire Arena | Dundas, Ontario: The Hamilton Bulldogs assisted the fundraising efforts of the DMHA by playing a preseason game against the Utica Comets. The fundraising event was full of hockey action, fan fun and special prizes. More: http://aerialpromotions.ca/home/2013/10/04/bulldogs-shutout-comets-in-dundas/

Now I'm off to make fairy tales happen with a little princess called "Bella" and some more hockey up north.

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Bulldogs Shutout Comets in Dundas

Source: Bulldogs Communication | Hamilton Scores | October 3rd, 2013 | J.L. Grightmire Arena

Hamilton Bulldogs rookie forward Sven Andrighetto scored the only goal of the game at 3:57 of the second period to lift the ‘Dogs to a 1-0 pre-season win over new division rivals, the Utica Comets, Thursday (Oct 3) evening at J.L. Grightmire Market Street Arena in Dundas, Ontario.

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Things opened slowly in the first period. The excitement of the opening frame was a fight between Hamilton forward Jordan Owens and Utica forward David Pacan. Owens dropped Comets forward Alex Friesen with a big hit at the Utica blueline before Pacan stepped in looking to settle the score. After one, the two teams were scoreless.

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Andrighetto scored the only goal of the night nearly four minutes into the second period when he ripped a feed from defenceman Nathan Beaulieu off the post and in.

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Utica pressed hard to tie in the third period, but Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who replaced starter Robert Mayer midway through the second, held the fort for the Bulldogs.

Mayer and Tokarski combined to make 28 saves for the shutout. Joacim Eriksson played the entire game for Utica, making 19 saves on 20 shots.

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Hamilton went 0-for-4 on the power play. Utica went 0-for-2.

Scoring Summary

1st Period: No scoring

2nd Period: HAM – Sven Andrighetto – (Nathan Beaulieu) – 3:57

3rd Period: No scoring

Great times in Dundas last night! A Big Thank You to the Hamilton Bulldogs organization for assisting the DMHA in their fundraising efforts. Congratulations Bulldogs on your 1-0 win over The Utica Comets.

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