2017-11-11 The Luck of the Puck

Sometimes being in the right place at the right time isn't enough. Sometimes 12 frames per second isn't enough. Sometimes great light isn't enough, and sometimes great action, even paired added to all the other things listed here isn't enough. The luck of the puck is what's needed in hockey. For many hockey pictures I want the puck in the picture. It informs the viewer what going on with the players. It shows how a play is moving, or gives excitement to the moment. The problem comes when you consider the size and color of that little black piece of vulcanized rubber. It can get lost easily in a photo. If it's in the right place but there's a black pad or glove behind it, then it doesn't catch your eye. Every now and then, all the factors mentioned earlier, and the luck of the puck align for a fraction of a moment, and the shutter happens to fall at the precise moment and magic happens...

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) makes the save against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the NHL game between the Minnesota Wild and the Philadelphia Flyers on November 11, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

 Nikon D4 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 @ 1/1600 sec f/4 ISO 1000

Nikon D4 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 @ 1/1600 sec f/4 ISO 1000