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Polite conversation

When shooting the Stockton Thunder hockey games, I’m positioned on the concourse (about halfway up into the stands) or down behind some thick Plexiglas at one end of the ice. Either way, I can’t really hear what the players say to each other (or the refs) because of the distance or the thickness of the […]

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Come out swinging

Fighting is a part of hockey and that’s a reason that many people go the games. At Wednesday night’s Thunder game against the Bakersfield Condors at the Stockton Arena, those fans got what they wanted right from the outset. Two seconds into the game a fight broke out between the Thunder’s Garet Hunt and the […]

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Turkey day or turkey play?

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 70-200mm @ 135mm. Exposure: 1/200th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 800) At a recent ECHL hockey game between the Stockton Thunder and the Idaho Steelheads, Hockey fan Betty Jo Everitt wore a plush hat in the shape of a turkey. Given that the Thunder lost a three-game series against Idaho, I […]

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Double your fun

Creating a double-exposure photo is a lot easier now than in the days of film. In those old days, there were two main avenues to take — in-camera and in the darkroom, each in turn with two techniques of their own. Stockton Port’s pitcher Pedro Figueroa’s form is displayed in a multiple exposure shot as […]

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Zamboni snow

Before each Thunder hockey game and between periods, Stockton Arena operations manager Larry Benoit drives a zamboni in ever tightening circles on the rink. The big yellow machine shaves off a thin layer of ice and then lays down new water to create a smooth surface. When it’s done its job and just before it […]

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Smoke on the (frozen) water

During player introductions at the start of Thunder hockey games, booming, dramatic music and flashing colored lights swirl around the Stockton Arena. Then a smoke machine shoots out billowy clouds which the players skate through as they take the ice. I understand why it’s done. There is more to the game than just hockey. From […]

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Loaded for bear

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 70mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/5.6 w/Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200) The image of hockey is one of brutal brawls, bone-crunching checks into the boards and tough players with toothless grins. The last thing that comes to mind is a teddy bear. But, teddy bears were the order of […]

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Spoiling for a fight

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 800) At the Stockton Thunder’s season opener against the Fresno Falcons, aggressive play was the order of the night. There were three fights in the first period alone, all within about a minute of each other (much to the crowd’s delight). (Camera: Nikon […]

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Fire and ice

“Some say the world will end in fire; Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To know that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.” -Robert Frost Stockton Thunder’s […]

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Losing one’s head

Stockton Thunder’s Ryan Constant brawls with Fresno Falcon’s Spencer Carbery during a EHCL preseason hockey game at the Stockton Arena. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 116mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/5 w/ flash. ISO: 100) Preseason games help a team work out its kinks and get ready for the regular season. During the […]

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