St. Thomas Major Tournament – Top 10


The St. Thomas Major Tournament was held at the Timken Centre over the weekend of October 16-18, 2015. The tournament hosted Novice to Midget teams from Owen Sound to Sarnia. The Timken Centre is a bright arena in which to shoot. It holds two pads: STMHA where the St. Thomas Junior B Stars play, and The Presstran pad. Shooting in an arena with two pads kept me busy and at times was a little hectic, but we managed to stay ahead of the game. Pun intended.

Here are our Top Ten images from the Major Tournament:

10. Ready for Anything

I like this one because the goalie looks ready to pounce even though you can’t see the puck in the image. It almost looks like he’s ready to save the player, instead of the puck.

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9. Heads Up!

It looks like the puck is coming in to bonk this Grimsby Peach King in the head!

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8. Poor Ref

This image perfectly illustrates how hectic a ref’s job can get. There’s so much to notice and pay attention to in this image, it’s mind-boggling how a ref can do it in real time.

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7. Oops!

Even a mistake on my part can sometimes look cool. I was, of course, aiming to have the player in focus but instead only the puck is in focus in this image. If I were shooting for a puck company, this shot just might work!

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6. Freeze

I love how the fast shutter speed I chose freezes everything in this image. Everything from the puck to the players to the snow flying up is frozen.

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5. Battle!

I like this shot for the action. We call ourselves an ‘action photography’ company and we deliver!

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4. Yes, Coach!

The action is not just on the ice in the middle of a play. It can get just as intense on the bench too. Here a Coach explains a play to his attentive players.

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3. Hockey Card Pose

This is what I call the ‘Hockey Card Pose.’ The image every hockey player wants of themselves. The money shot.

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2. Real Talk

I couldn’t hear what these teammates were discussing but it seemed pretty serious.

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1. Was It Something I Said?

I’m used to adults not wanting their picture taken, but this has never happened before!

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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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