There are a number of reasons why parents should avoid ice hockey as an activity to keep their children busy:
- The equipment is expensive
- Unlike a soccer ball, baseball bat or even tennis racquet, children quickly outgrow the aforementioned expensive equipment
- Coaches and lessons are expensive
- The cost of the rink time dwarfs all of the above
With that being said, it's an absolute riot to watch a seven year old, decked out with a full compliment of padding, skate forwards, perform a series of cross-overs and (try to) hit a slap shot past a goalie twice his size. But the story wouldn't be complete if the events leading up to this epic event were left untold. Aidan's had a strange fascination for the ice and just about every (expensive) winter sport. We thought street hockey would tide him over, but he always found a way to get back on the ice and most recently, began a 3 month of practicing three times a week on the ice and several days off (i.e. roller blades). Heck, we even went to an adult skate and shoot where 40 hockey players were whacking pucks like they were at a driving range. I felt like I was in giant pin ball machine, but Aidan loved it. This Friday, we stumbled into try-outs and by Sunday I was watching my own version of the Stanley Cup Finals.
My hopes for Zoe are of the ice now, but knowing my luck, she'll raise the ante and pick up horseback riding. But that's the point isn't it? Spending time with kids and in between all the cheering, hugging and laughing - capturing the childhood memories in the most fantastic way possible.
Baby Photography Tips: 1/200 at f4, ISO 3200, 200mm. High ISO usually means a lot of noise/grain in the shots, but in this case it's better than a blurred shot. Also, Since I'm dealing with ice, the exposure compensation is likewise set to +2EV and with all that white, the noise frankly isn't that noticeable.
Take That Tahoe - On skiing and our love of all things winter.
Christmas Miracle Goggles - On using the exposure compensation to take photographs in the snow.