A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to an Ice Hockey match…… something I’ve only done once before – but this time I was given access to the team tunnel, and the ice. An amazing experience. The game was fast, the light was poor, the ISO I was shooting at was incredibly high – so a lot of the images had noise. I had blurred pictures, over exposed pictures, underexposed pictures, and was generally not a happy bunny.
So, I sat and thought about what I was seeing.
The players faces as they waited their turn on the ice. The concentration, and the shouting of the team manager taking players off, and putting new ones on the ice was constant.
I moved more slowly, more deliberately, and almost forgot about the frantic movements out on the rink. I started to enjoy what was presented right in front of me.
I realised that you have to change your attitude to fit what’s going on around you, and not the other way around.
I took a LOT of pictures, and afterwards decided that they would all look better in monochrome. It somehow fitted the scene better, and in addition disposed of the pretty awful colour cast caused by the lights.
One thing I’ve learned is, that if you are given the opportunity to shoot something new – do it – if you never even use the photographs again, it doesn’t matter – you had the experience. If you don’t, you will end up kicking yourself for the lost opportunity. Do not let fear get the better of you, and never ever worry about not getting that ‘winning’ image. It’s about the learning, the experience, and the test. Go for it.