Over the past few months, I have been in contact with some ECHL and USHL hockey teams about photographing for them. A handful of teams have gotten back to me; each one saying that they’re not able to pay much/anything, but also said that if I’m ever in the area for a game, to let them know and they’ll set me up with a media pass so I can shoot a game there. I have decided to make it a point to take each team up on their offer, and go show them what I can do for them specifically.
Saturday, October 13th was the first of these trips, and it was a 476 mile journey to Cincinnati, Ohio, to photograph the Cincinnati Cyclones hosting the Wheeling Nailers at US Bank Arena. The above image was my first panorama inside a hockey arena, so please be kind. It’s a culmination of 20+ RAW images.
It was a long drive, that is for certain! An hour or so in the hotel room, and we were off to the game via trolley. Okay, so, we missed our first stop, but we ended up getting to the rink in time. I met up with my contact there, and he showed me the places I’m allowed to shoot. It was opening night for the Cyclones, so there was a lot of people, and it ended up being a great time.
After the game, we walked back to the hotel, slept, got up, and drove another 476 miles back. It’s always a great weekend when there’s hockey involved!