Orangeville Hockey – Image of the Week


Image of the Week

Here is our Image of the Week from the Orangeville Hockey Early Bird Tournament at the Alder arena in Orangeville, ON. We chose this image because these eight-year-olds look like they’re players in the NHL. Their sportsmanship, skill, and intensity made me feel like I was on a bench photographing professionals. When it comes to professionalism, Orangeville hockey does not disappoint.

Orangeville Hockey – Early Bird Tournament

The Orangeville Hockey Early Bird tournaments run every year starting in the second weekend of September. They are well organized tournaments thanks to the tireless efforts of Terri and Les Kent, the tournament organizers. The first Early Bird is a Novice – Peewee, AA-AE tournament. It brings out teams from all over Ontario including the Barrie Colts and Markham Waxers pictured here, to the Richmond Hill Stars and Windsor Spitfires. The second Early Bird tournament is Minor Bantam – Midget, AA-AE divisions.

The tournaments are held in two arenas in Orangeville: the Alder Arena and the Tony Rose Arena. With each of these arenas holding two ice pads, the tournaments can host up to sixty teams comfortably.

The Settings

Because the rinks at the Alder Arena are quite dark, I needed to increase the ISO on my Canon 5D Mark III to compensate for the low light. However, the lights varied with each rink, so my ISO ranged from 4000-8000. I chose a large aperture like f2.8 to blur the background and make the subjects pop. Lastly, I like a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and the puck. Depending on the available light, I’ll choose a shutter speed anywhere from 1/1000 – 1/2000. This image was shot at f2.8, 1/1000 at ISO 8000.

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Here is a look at another photograph that was considered for Image of the Week:


About Julie Whelan

Julie Whelan, professional photographer of over fifteen years, has had the opportunity to shoot all over the globe--from capturing portraits in Vanuatu to shooting off rooftops in Maui to photographing products in Calgary. She now finds herself in Ontario photographing outdoor adventures and the active lifestyles of athletic individuals and athletes in competition & training. Julie has also worked with professional athletes such as Don Cherry, Darryl Sittler, and Roberto Alomar. When not behind the lens, Julie likes to unwind with a good book or spending time in the garden.

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