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Taking shots of a pro goalie

December 25, 2017

I’m pumped this photo is on the winter edition cover of airdrielife magazine. Here’s a quick back story that ran with my contributor photo in the masthead of the mag.

When I had the chance to photograph Aaron Dell in his full goalie gear and San Jose Sharks uniform, I wanted to incorporate some colour. I had played with Enola Gaye smoke grenades on a couple other photo shoots, and knew I wanted to try orange and green smoke grenades to compliment his gear and team colours. I used two lights off to either side behind the net to backlight the smoke and make it pop, and one light in front to the right to give a dramatic look for Dell as the subject. We took a few photos to make sure the light was right and reflections of my lighting equipment in the glass were hidden behind Dell. He was super patient and we nailed some good shots from a few different angles, including me on my belly to get the corner save image. I do not suggest using the smoke grenades in an indoor setting, as I might not get approval to rent ice again for such a shoot as the smoke hung around a little while despite staff opening a big overhead door, and the next booking had to use the other ice in the two-rink facility. Sorry City of Airdrie. Luckily it was May and the arenas weren’t fully booked. I had to try it once, but I’ll be sticking outside with smoke grenades in the future.

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