Shooting Through Glass? (Hockey)

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  1. TylerF

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    So for my birthday, I am thinking about going to a Sabres game and getting some real nice seats (not sure where yet, just close lol) I am allowed to bring my camera as long as the lens doesn't obstruct the view of others. But I'm not allowed to shoot through the mouse holes in the glass. Would I be ok if i used a polarizer and my 55-200mm lens? or would it be better for me to leave my camera at home and just enjoy the game? I dont want to bring it if there is no chance of anything promising.

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    I'd rather take it and not use it than want to use it and not have it.
     
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    true, but if i get a lot of people saying that shooting through glass yields very little chance of success, then i would rather leave it at home and not deal with the fuss of security and making sure it doesnt get damaged and just enjoy the game.
     
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    I would definitely take it. I've gone to a few games and had some nice shots come out. I didn't use a filter or anything, just the lens. You'll have to play with the settings a little bit- try to get there early and shoot during warmups from your seat to get a feel for how they look. There are times when the ice will be really blown out, so watch out for that.
     
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    thanks, i planned on shooting in raw so i don't have to get caught up in settings too much. i was just wondering if a- my lens is long enough, and b-how bad the glare on the glass is lol
     
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    Just shot UNH vs. UVM on Saturday night (there's a thread here somewhere with pictures) and I had my lens right on the glass and was fine.

    What I have found is that the glass at NHL rinks is really clean and acceptable to shoot through ... Don't bring the poloarizer the 4 stops of light (or so) that it takes away isn't worth using it will slow your shutter speeds why down.

    Put your lens right on a nice piece of clean glass and shoot away.
     
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    well i dont think i am going to be right on the glass (137$ a ticket lol) but i will be within about 6 rows
     
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    Here are some my friend took at a wild game with his 55-200mm lens and the Nikon D60. They are a little noisy but I think they turned out great. And it was mentioned above but you are not going to be able to use a polarizer, you will probably have to shoot at like 1600 ISO as well.

    Flickr: VoLcOmKiDd911's Photostream (go to the bottom of page 1 and 2)
     
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    In that case I'd try to get above the glass-line (10-15-ish rows up) and just bring a nice telephoto lens ... Why worry about the glass if you aren't going to be 'on it' and you can do something about it.
     
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    Well there's no way I'm putting my d40 on iso 1600 lol. And I only will have the 55-200mm. I don't want to sacrifice good eats just so I can get above the glass level. If I can sit where they are going to smashing into the glass right in front of me, then I will take that seat any day.
     
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    Dont be afraid to put it on ISO 1600 if you have to, just make sure you have noise reduction on. Its better then not getting the shot at all.
     
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    yeah but the d40, at least in my experience is only good up to 800. everything else is useless lol
     

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