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Becoming a 2010 Team Canada Hockey Fan

Shot with a Canon 5DMKII, 35mm f/1.4, & Micro LED Lightpanel.

Hockey is to Canadians as candy is to children. They crave it when they don’t have it, complain loudly when they do have it and it’s not what they want, and sky rocket to the moon when they get their favourite kind of sugar high. That is of course, a Team Canada win at the Olympics on home ice.

Yesterday after the tense victory over the Swiss, crowds leaving GM Place whooped and hollered loud enough to wake granny in North Van. The downtown streets sounded like the Battle at Helm’s Deep with someone making excellent use of their commemorative Lord of The Rings Orc Horn.

Although I’m not usually a hockey fan, don’t judge me, it’s a long story involving heartbreak and toe picks, I have been swept into this Team Canada hockey mania with the rest of Vancouver. Last night, I willingly watched the CAN-SWI game over the Men’s free program, much to my mother’s chagrin, who has remained a die hard figure skating fan years after I packed away my sequined unitards and mini gloves.

I won’t deny it, I got a little crush on King Crosby after witnessing his excellent puck control and fearless focus during the sudden death shoot-out. And although phrases like “icing”, “power play” and “off-side” are still quite new to me, I do understand “he shoots, he scores!” quite well. I think that phrase is hard-wired in Canadian brains from birth. That and overbearing politeness. Because even in the most rowdy of Canada hockey mobs, someone will inevitably say, “oh sorry eh” for stepping on your toe.

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    Alan B
    February 19, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Nice. And the 5D video quality looks most excellent!

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    February 19, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    35 1.2???!!! No such thing right??? Unless, of course, she has something we do not…

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    Mostly Lisa
    February 20, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    @Justin — right! that’s what i meant. perhaps it was wishful thinking :P

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    February 20, 2010 at 4:37 AM

    darn nice glass. Canon could’ve made the 35mm 1.2, but i guess they don’t since you don’t shoot inside much with the 35mm.

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    February 20, 2010 at 5:06 AM

    As a citizen (and inhabitant) of another hockey crazed country, I beg to disagree. Finland will win! Well, I can dream, can’t I?

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    February 20, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Canada hockey rules and Sid the Kid is clearly on a mission for his country. Go Canada!

    And Lisa…post more pics from that awesome camera of yours. Would love to see the Olympic craziness from your point of vew, so start snapping and posting!

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    uberVU - social comments
    February 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM

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    February 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    left downtown early tonight to avoid the inevitable riot, would rather enjoy the games at home in sleepy burnaby

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    February 21, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Lovely post, beautifully written, you have missed your calling. Can’t comment on the video as I’m viewing on my iPhone grrrrrr! x

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    February 22, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    A win for Canada would, I am sure, be quite an event and I do hope you make it to the finals at least, though once there I hope Sweden kicks your Canadian bacon!

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    February 22, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    So who won? ;-)

    One thing I dislike about all these DSLRs doing video is the distorted audio. The video they deliver though…wow. I’m too busy being a daddy now so I can’t upgrade my 20D just yet, but I am dreaming of that day!


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    February 22, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Hi… I’m curious if the audio was directly from camera or you used an external mic?

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    Lorelei Ayres
    March 7, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    thank you, Keep up the Great work :)

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