Steve Wiens Photo

Hockey, the TRUE Beautiful Game

It would be easy with all the attention paid to the World Cup right now to write a post about soccer…. However I’m not going to do that. Hockey is and always has been my favourite sport since I watched my childhood idol Wendal Clark and the Maple Leafs. Come to think of it they were almost as bad as the Leafs were this past season…. but that’s beside the point.

Hockey is just as photogenic as football. The major difference to photographers is that its mainly an indoor sport and many arenas have TERRIBLE lighting.

Even the best arenas can put your sensor to the test. Secondly you often are forced to shoot through glass that is chipped or scratched.

Many photographers attempt to shoot from the benches or from above with a longer telephoto lens if they have one. Some arenas have ports in the corners of the rink where you can shoot glass free.

(Hey goalie, I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to keep your eyes on the puck!)

Hockey is the fastest sport on the planet so anticipation is key.

There’s just so much going on that its hard not to come away with at least a few good shots.

Hockey is just as entertaining for me to shoot as it is to watch and play… and I love watching and playing hockey!


Hockey Environmental
April 1, 2010, 4:07 pm
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Recently I returned to the studio to work on improving the lighting technique I used previously on basketball players. I also attempted to use a moderate amount of a high-pass filter to add extra sharpness and a more dramatic flavour to these images.

And here’s a couple with Pawel’s actual favourite team. I’m sure the blue and white felt uncomfortable:

Special thanks to “Waterboy” Ryan Robbins and to the model, Pawel Wnek. Pawel is a photographer at Fanshawe as well – be sure to check out his work here.

My first real publication
February 15, 2010, 8:29 pm
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In August of 2009 I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot the EuroCan Cup International Hockey Tournament at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. It was a four team charity event with teams from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and a London Knights Alumni team competing. I was pretty pumped at the opportunity, and pretty much threw myself at the organizers just for the chance to add some of this stuff to my portfolio. Frankly, that would have been enough for me at the time but on about the second or third day I was approached by a writer from a Swiss newspaper – Neue Luzerner Zeitung. After a little discussion and later when he had a chance to view my work, they bought one of my images and published it in that day’s paper.

Note that under the picture it says “Bild Steve Wiens.” Yep, that’s me! I still find it kind of funny that they chose this image, as the guy getting hipchecked is the Swiss player… I also don’t get why they cropped it like they did, as this is the original image:

Swiss Paper full shot

If you can read German and would like to see the entire article it can still be found online here.

(Edit: Also, from Wikipedia, this: “Neue Luzerner Zeitung is a Swiss regional newspaper based in Lucerne. The German-language daily has a certified distribution of 134,526 and a readership of 290,000.” Up to 290 000 people saw my image!)