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Photo of the Week #110

December 19, 2011

My choice for this week’s photo combines the stellar performance of both a goalie and modern technology.

  • Goalie: Dallas Stars rookie Richard Bachman made 34 saves for his first career NHL shutout, a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers. The performance capped off a remarkable run in his first 3 NHL appearances where he saved 71 of 72 shots for a sky-high .986 save percentage. He won his next game too, 3-2, over the Islanders before falling back to earth by surrendering 6 goals against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.
  • Modern technology: It takes a whole lot of camera, lens, and lighting equipment to see a wide-eyed goalie and the Rangers puck logo from the upper reaches of Madison Square Garden. The image was captured on a Canon 7D camera, which crams 18 megapixels into a small digital sensor, yielding the highest magnification of any Canon camera with a pro-level autofocus system. It was paired with a 400mm f2.8 lens, a weapon-like hunk of glass weighing nearly 12 lbs., or 4 times the weight of the camera body. And the arena was lit with an array of Speedotron strobes allowing me to shoot at ISO 100, a high-quality setting normally reserved for bright sunny days outside. Pretty neat, eh?

Photo tech specs: Canon 7D camera, 400mm f2.8 lens @ f4.5, 1/320th, ISO 100.

Dallas Stars rookie goalie Richard Bachman keeps his eyes on the puck in his first NHL shutout, a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers.

December 13, 2011: Dallas Stars rookie goalie Richard Bachman keeps his eyes on the puck in his first NHL shutout, a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers. — ©MSG

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