I'm in the process of applying to become a Permanent Resident of Canada, but as of now my experience with (ice) hockey is limited to seeing three Stanley Cup games at pubs in New Zealand. I'm not a huge sports fan but I've always had a good time watching rugby, and even cricket (gasp!) live. So I was pretty excited for the opportunity to see a live hockey game here in Korea, for a story on the foreign players in the Asian Hockey League. In preparation for the upcoming winter Olympics, Korea is offering citizenship to a group of Canadians to play for the national team. You can read more on Dave's story here.
While it was exciting to see a game, I was incredibly nervous about trying out sports photography for the first time. I researched a whole lot to try and prepare, and just ended up even more nervous. Apparently I picked one of the hardest sports for my debut. Hockey is fast. Duh. The puck is constantly changing direction, and the ice can really screw with the white balance and metering. My first stop was SLR Rent to get a nice, fast telephoto lens. I went with the Canon EF 70~200 F2.8 IS USM and off we headed to the Anyang rink to watch High 1 vs Anyang Halla. Throughout the game I managed to find some pretty good spots around the arena to shoot from. There were only two other photographers, and being the only foreign one with a press pass gave me the confidence to go anywhere I pleased until someone told me to move along. With the high-speed setting enabled, I ended up taking a shit-tonne of photos. It definitely increased my culling time, but it also helped to get some great shots.
A teacher and photographer previously based in S. Korea, being thrown into the world of photojournalism.