Monday, March 15, 2010
So I made it up to Vancouver over the weekend, and I checked out some Paralympic sledge hockey. Amazing stuff. I posted a quick video here (Make sure you watch it in 720p):
That clip contains the game tying goal, so make sure you make it to the end. We ended up seeing Italy vs Norway. Italy took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but then in the third period Norway tied it up, and then scored the game winner with only 1 minute left in the game. Exciting stuff, for sure. I was surprised at how physical the game was, they slammed into each other just as much as in normal hockey. Very intense.
I realize that I’m spending all this time talking about that video rather than about the picture I posted. Whatever. It’s just a picture of Shannon Creek, we’ve all seen this stuff before. So, back to the Paralympic hockey thing. When I was up at the regular Olympic hockey game several weeks earlier, I sat right behind several professional photographers who were shooting for newspapers and magazines. Most of them had this one particular Canon lens, a 70-200. (Although two of them had the Image Stabilized version.) So I decided to stop by Glazer’s on Saturday morning and rent it for myself. And HOLY CRAP it’s a nice lens. Crystal clear, razor sharp, focuses like a dream. LOVED it. Also, I remembered that my camera (The Rebel T1i) takes HD video, so I figured this would be a good time to see how it did. I was really happy with the results. That’s using the default resolution settings for the video, it actually has one higher setting too (which presumably is 1080p? I’m not sure, I don’t know the official pixel counts for 1080 vs 720. All I know is I uploaded that one video to YouTube and it now has the option to view in 720p.) So, if you had any question about the T1i’s video capability, there you go. That’s raw, right off the camera. That should also answer any questions about my videography abilities. They suck, clearly. But that’s not what we’re here for.
Yup, Shannon Creek. Move along now.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/40s, f/9.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.