Friday, March 12, 2010
Ahhhh Friday. The day that might as well be called Saturday based on how much I usually accomplish. (What?? For all you know Saturday could be the most productive day of my week.) This is actually not the picture I was going to post today. In fact, I had a completely different picture picked out, and I had even started writing up the post (I snagged the first sentence and kept it for the current instantiation of today’s entry), but then I decided I was going to mention what I’m doing this weekend, I realized that it would be much more appropriate to go this route instead.
So.. what am I doing this weekend? Glad you asked. I’m going up to Vancouver! Not for the Olympics, no, those have already ended. For the Paralympics! We’re going up to watch some paralympic sled hockey! I watched a YouTube video of the sport (because I had no idea how it would work) and it.. is.. AWESOME. Now that the world’s eye has moved on to other things, hotels in Vancouver are totally reasonable, so it’s now time to go get some Olympic goodness without all the Olympic headaches. My wife didn’t get a chance to make it up there during the regular Olympics, but I did, and that’s where today’s picture comes from. I had some friends who stayed up in Vancouver in an RV park for several days, and they managed to score some SECOND ROW seats to the USA vs Switzerland hockey game. So me and another buddy skipped out on work and headed up for the day. I previously posted several of the pictures to Facebook, but I haven’t had a chance to “property” process and post them, so I had to scramble a bit to get the raw image for today. In fact, I had to actually grab the image straight from my Facebook album. Unfortunately, it’s a well-known fact that Facebook resizes and re-compresses the images that you upload (to save space), so the quality of the image you see can be significantly less than the quality of the image you uploaded. But whatever, it’ll have to do for today. (And perhaps by the time you’re reading this I’ve had a chance to upload a better version to replace it.)
It’s probably fairly obvious, but this was taken immediately after the US scored their first goal in their eventual 3-1 victory. The Swiss team were of course huge underdogs in the game, but they played with heart. They never really threatened to win, but they certainly didn’t just roll over and give up. So it was a great game, and it was great to see everyone play with national pride. It was a great experience, I’m glad I went.
(For those curious, here’s the picture I was originally going to use: http://www.davefry.net/rate/index.php?viewimage=1207 .. I still reserve the right to use it in its own post sometime soon, so only click that link if you don’t mind spoilers.)
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/500s, f/5.0, ISO 1600. Focal length: 227mm.