View Full Version : Because you hit like a GIRL!
06-09-2008, 05:36 AM
Kind of ironic - considering the amount of intensity shown at the 2008 Joan McKowen memorial tournament (Australian womens Ice Hockey Championships) played over the last week.
Many of these girls are phenomenal athletes in their own right, and whilst not quite as quick as the males, play for keeps, in a sport that many may not associate being a traditional female sport.
Not bad for a 'non-contact' version of the sport...
I have tried creating an 'action script' to help speed up the postprocessing of my ice hockey images - a bit slow and tedious due to handling the Noise side of things. These images have been through the 'ps action'.
As usual C & C welcomed....
06-09-2008, 10:17 AM
Love these. Especially the last one looks she is flying. That is truly a great catch.
06-09-2008, 03:46 PM
Awesome shots! I can't decide which one I like best.
Excellent work Mark! Great detail in the ice and you stopped t he action perfectly.
06-10-2008, 01:54 AM
Wow those pics are really something. last one is my favoroute but all of them are sweet.
one day i am gonna learn to ice skate and then i want to try ice hockey looks like so much fun. Is it alot like what they show on the movies and stuff?
06-17-2008, 12:30 AM
These are fun to look at, well done you captured the action very well. :-D
06-17-2008, 01:05 AM
Tis unfortunate - but Ice Hockey is one of if not "THE" most stereotyped sport out there, especially where movies etc are concerned.
Most people think that hockey is all about outright brutality, however open ice checks, & guys dropping the gloves, whilst at times spectacular, are more the exception, rather then the rule.
One point worth noting - there is certainly an amount of skill in balancing on 2x 1/4" wide blades whilst trying to defend / knock someones block off. As is looking to control a puck, that can travel at speeds of 100mph, & put it into the back of a net, with other guys moving around at speeds up to 40-50kph.
In order to know what it is all like - you really need to get down to the boards & see it played firsthand.
06-17-2008, 03:21 AM
Nice shots Mark, did you manage to get any from the Div II championships ? Liv and I went up and got a few which was good.
I can also personally agree to the difficulty of this sport, having played for 5 years you need looooooooooots of balance.
06-17-2008, 03:53 AM
Certainly did. As tournament photographer, took more then I should of, but for such an important(historic) event, decided that there was plenty of reason to "overshoot" & worry about the mess later (a bit different to how I prefer to shoot that is for sure)
As an aside - it 'did' give me the opportunity to try a few things I otherwise would not have, which has certainly helped me develop my craft.
06-17-2008, 06:08 PM
I do love the last one. Those are great. Must have been a blast!
07-14-2008, 01:25 PM
Women's hockey like most women's sports is played with the same intensity as their male counterparts, but you tend to find that the aggression is different, and the focus is more upon the skills and teamwork rather than individual effort and individual glory.
Most of the high level women hockey players that I have known and played with/against are amongst the smartest players on the ice and can hang with the guys in all aspects of the game except speed and strength.
That said, these are wonderful pictures and it is great to see women's hockey being played down under.
As far as playing hockey....well let's put it this way. It is by far the most difficult sport to play in. There is nothing in the sport that is akin to any other sport. It moves faster, and requires more conditioning/athleticism and coordination than any other sport out there.
By all means that should not discourage anyone from trying to play the game. There are leagues all across the world in some of the most bizarre places of all skill levels. Get the gear, learn to skate and get out there and give 'er a go. You will find that if you can get over the learning curve of playing the game, it will become the most healthy addiction of your life. There is no such thing as a casual hockey player/fan. Once in...you're in for life.
Just the humble opinions of a guy whose got over 25 years of playing hockey under his belt.
PS: The pictures are great. Really capture the passion of the game and the physicality of it, even for a non-checking environment.
Quick question....Pics 1&2...both goals right?
07-16-2008, 09:46 PM
If memory serves me correct - Pic 1 was def a goal, whilst pic2 was a save off the chest.
07-16-2008, 10:34 PM
Mark these are some of the best hocky shots I have seen. Awesome job.
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