Yesterday I went to the Calgary Flames Superskills Competition with my dad, sister, bro-in-law, and two nephews. It was the kids’ first time watching hockey live, so it was pretty cool to see them enjoy it, and was a great experience for them.
After seeing this shot from my buddy Jesse Pafundi a while back, I knew I wanted to see if I could get my camera in the door so that I could take a similar shot of the Saddledome. Surprisingly enough, I was able to get my gear bag in the door without any trouble…I guess security wasn’t too concerned about photography during the skills competition. So, after the warm up and before the action started, I made my way up to the top of the second bowl and fired off a few shots while the Zamboni was cleaning the ice. While I did make my way back up a little later to attempt some brackets, I was happier with this single exposure. As usual, I brought this shot into PhotoTools for a bit of tweaking and then I sent it to FocalPoint to give it the fun tilt/shift effect. I think this is a fun shot, and I’m glad I have a shot of the Saddledome in my catalogue now.