In an effort to become a better writer I'm starting a blog. It will mostly be my take on the amateur teams I see and my photos, I may have a few hand-knit photos and stories as well.

Starting over from nothing...

December 17, 2017  •  1 Comment

So lately I've been trying to get my writing mojo back. Most days it is just me writing by hand in one of my many journals trying to figure out why every word sucks so bad. At the end of the three hour journey I'm left with nothing but balled up sheets of paper I refuse to let anyone read. And Micheal is very little help as he is placing the soul reason for us not starting the pilot squarely on my losing the previous note we had on said pilot. Truth be told he is just as afraid as I am. Afraid or failing, afraid of succeeding, afraid of letting me in and have an amazing time while doing it...

At any rate I'm now more determined to start writing again, start living again, start waking up with a purpose, and more of a zest for life. The only way I know how to do this and get through it is to write. Not write well mind you, but just write. I found so many old drafts that I never posted. Why? I'm not really sure. Maybe I thought they weren't good enough, maybe they weren't, but never posting them isn't really helping anyone. Not me, not the reader, and not my future as a writer.

I know this will be a long road but I need to get it back and keep it going. So my hope for 2018 is to blog. Blog about everything and nothing all at the same time. Blog until my hands bleed.

Are you ready for this journey? Well good. That makes one of us.


“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block, WD

 “To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.”
—Allen Ginsberg, WD

Is photographing hockey hard?

June 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I can't help but laugh at the mere thought of this question! The truth is photographing hockey is really no harder than playing hockey. If you have never played hockey the following quote will give you an idea of how challenging the sport is to play:

Is hockey hard? "I don't know, you tell me. We need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner, and the concentration of a brain surgeon. But we need to put all this together while moving at high speeds on a cold and slippery surface while 5 other guys use clubs to try and kill us, oh yeah did I mention that this whole time we're standing on blades 1/8 of an inch thick? Is ice hockey hard? I don't know, you tell me. Next question."
-Brendan Shanahan

So to answer the question YES! Hockey is the hardest sport to shoot! You have some of the worst lighting conditions in any sport, some of the fastest moving players in any sport, if you are lucky you will see the puck in time to duck, and did I mention you can't use your flash without running the risk of blinding a player.  Plus, when you are not moving around your hands and body will go numb from the cool temperature, as most rinks are kept very cold. Oh yeah and just about every time you try to shoot on the ice you slip trying to get the angle you want.

When I tell people I shoot sports I get a response like, “How cool! You get the watch games for free.” I wish I had the luxury of just watching the game. I have to shoot the guy with the puck, the guys without the puck, and the guy who is receiving the puck. And through all of this I have to make sure the shot is in focus, properly composed, and properly exposed.

To say shooting hockey is hard is an understatement! Most games I am lucky if I end up with five good shots.

But all the sports photographers I have met in my lifetime say hockey is their favorite sport to shoot. I must agree. I think it is the overall challenge that makes it so loveable.

"John Groth" hockeyGoaltender John Groth, of the Dallas Ice Jets, makes a glove save against the Texas Brahmas. A one-in-a-million shot that took me all season.

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