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November 27, 2007

Caps Fall To Buffalo, 3-1


WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: Jochen Hecht and other members of the Buffalo Sabres celebrate following Hecht's goal during a NHL hockey game on November 26, 2007 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)


WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: Interim Head Coach Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals during a NHL hockey game with the Buffalo Sabres on November 26, 2007 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

See more photos from the game by visiting our Photoshelter gallery.


WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: Chris Clark of the Washington Capitals and Jaroslav Spacek of the Buffalo Sabres get in a fight during a NHL hockey game on November 26, 2007 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

See more photos from the game by visiting our Photoshelter gallery.

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November 24, 2007

Michigan Over Minnesota, 5-1: College Hockey Showcase

My Thanksgiving pilgrimage took me to Michigan. Here I had the opportunity to catch some of action at the 15 Annual College Hockey Showcase, played at Yost Arena of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Tonight No. 2-ranked Michigan skated to a 5-1 win against No. 15-ranked Minnesota. Minnesota handed Michigan it's only lost for the season earlier this year.



ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Members of the University of Michigan gather before a game with the University of Minnesota during a hockey game on November 24, 2007 at the Yost Arena of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

Michigan came into tonight's game ranked No. 2 and now holds a 12 game winning streak. The last time that Michigan swept the College Hockey Showcase was in 2002.

See more photos from the game by visiting our Photoshelter gallery and our flickr page.



ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Kyle Okposa of the University of Michigan face off against Mike Hoeffel of the University of Minnesota during a hockey game on November 24, 2007 at the Yost Arena of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)



ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Kevin Quick of the University of Michigan protects the goal during a hockey game with the University of Minnesota on November 24, 2007 at the Yost Arena of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)



ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Goalie Billy Sauer of the University of Michigan prevents a goal during a hockey game with the University of Minnesota on November 24, 2007 at the Yost Arena of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

Unlike their football counterparts these Big Ten are actually in different conferences, Michigan is part of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), while Minnesota skates in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) conference. The Annual College Hockey Showcase is an opportunity for cross conference play among the Michigan and Michigan State University of the CCHA, and Wisconsin and Minnesota of the WCHA.

See more photos from the game by visiting our Photoshelter gallery and our flickr page.

Also stop by our new sister website OffWing Photo where we focus on photography, especially sports photography.

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November 21, 2007

Getting Great Photos For Your Publication

Are you unsatisfied with the pictures your photographer comes back with. Or are you a beginning/occasional sports photographer looking for the edge?

A great story was posted over at the On Sports sports blog with tips on getting better photos for your sport section.


WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: Captain Chris Clark of the Washington Capitals is injured during a NHL hockey game with the Vancouver Canucks on October 26, 2007 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

While written primarily for the sports editor or writer, the tips can just as easily be used by the photographer going into a new situation, sport, or working with a new writer.

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November 10, 2007

Tampa Bay Lightning Roll-Over Caps, 5-2

Whew...I am happy to be out shooting again. I covered tonight's game between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here are a couple of shots that we published over at OffWing.

Here is one of Tomas Fleischman scoring. I chose this over the other two because it more clearly identifies him despite his stick is hiding the puck. I had a couple of others, one with the puck in the air and another in the net but without Tomas in the picture.


WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: Tomas Fleischman of the Washington Capitals scores a goal against Johan Holmqvist of the Tampa Bay Lightning during a NHL hockey game on November 10, 2007 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

Honestly there wasn't a lot out on the ice to shoot tonight, not that many shots on goal and a 4 minute Cap penalty late in the third period which slowed the game down.


WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: Goalie Johan Holmquvist of the Tampa Bay Lightning prevents a goal by the Washington Capitals during a NHL hockey game on November 10, 2007 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)


WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals takes the puck during a NHL hockey game with the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 10, 2007 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

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Arkansas Bends Under Pressure Of Photo Policy

On Friday the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) decided to suspend their new photo policy just before the state football championships, from mounting pressure by the Arkansas Press Association and several newspapers. The AAA is the sponsoring organization of championship games for public and private schools.

The policy will be suspended until Dec. 1, giving all sides some time to work out a compromise. The AAA contends that it owns the copyright to all postseason events and requires photographers to pay a fee if they or their publications plan to sell — via the Internet — any pictures or videos of tournament and playoff games. The AAA was going to charge photographers for the right to photographer state playoff games, $35 for playoff to quarterfinals, and $50 for the state semifinals and finals.

More on the story can be found at the Arkansas Democrate Gazette (AAA)

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November 09, 2007

How To Shoot An Event

I came across a great post last night by Derek Powazek about how to shoot an event. Derek provides a great list of "to-do's" and "how-to's" that work for especially well for the sport and event shooter.

This is definitely worth the trip over to his website.

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November 07, 2007

Arkansas Latest In Limiting Photographer's Rights

It seems that everyone is reading from the same playbook on limiting the rights of photographers, even if the photographer is the parent of a player in a state championship game.

Today we welcome the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) to the hall of shame. The AAA is the sponsoring organization of championship games for public and private schools. The news came from the Times Record in Fort Smith Arkansas in both an article and editorial.

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Here are a couple of gems from the AAA's policy:

Unfortunately as I was writing this the AAA's website was curiously down.....hmmm. Fortunately through the wonder of Google, I was able to view a cached version of their website.

We will see what happens when later this week Arkansas has their state football championships and the Times Record plans to runs pictures from the event.

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November 03, 2007

Limiting Access To Sporting Events

I have been reading with interest with a lawsuit in Illinois by the Illinois Press Association, there is another story on this at Online News Squared. It seems that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) which sponsors the end of season atheletic championships have signed a deal with Visual Image Photography, Inc for "exclusive and unlimited access to tournament locations and photo opportunities."

The IHSA in turn is asking that credentialed media limit their use of photos taken at events that VIP will cover. This is just plain wrong.

Unfortunately there seems to be a growing undercurrent to limit access to events. Of course you have seen it on the pro level with the NFL limiting online audio and video to 45 seconds that must be removed within 24 hours. You can catch more on this by checking out the Sports Law Blog.

Hey....anyone want to compete on the quality of their photos, service, and editorial?

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