The start of 2010 for Springfield and the majority of the country was a cold one. At a time when frigid temperatures keep many people indoors, there are those who brave the harsh weather in order to pursue something they love to do. For me, it is getting out and taking photographs. This past weekend, I had the luck to run into a group of guys pursuing one of their favorite activities, too.
I was at Washington Park on Saturday, taking some photos, when I noticed people skating on the frozen pond near the "deck" area. A group of about eight guys was playing an informal game of hockey. I thought it was pretty cool to see people out on the ice because I had only ever seen old-timey photos of people skating at the park. I asked them if they were cool with me photographing their game. Grant Hammer, the gathering's organizer, told me there would be even more out Sunday around 2:30 p.m. I snapped several dozen shots, playing with my camera's settings along the way, in order to get a feel for outdoor winter sports photography, which is something I haven't had any opportunities to shoot yet.
On Sunday, I came back around 3 p.m. to find about 20 players gracing the ice, along with several spectators watching from the deck. It was pretty cool to see so many out playing. I spent the next two hours taking around 1,000 photos, moving around the ice as the lighting conditions changed. Since then, I've weeded out the flops and came up with 577 photos to share with those who played.
Below are my 22 favorite shots. The rest can be viewed on my SmugMug photo gallery.
If you want to save any of the photos on the photo site, move your mouse to the right side of the photo you are viewing. A menu will pop up. Choose "Save Photo" to download it directly to your computer. This is the high-resolution version of the image, which is what you'll want if you wish to print your favorites.
Thanks to all of the players for letting me photograph the game.
You can read more about the Washington Park hockey gathering in a recent State Journal-Register article.
View the rest of the photos at my SmugMug photo gallery.