To shake things up a bit, I decided to shoot some photos of the Minot Minotauros instead of the Bobcats. Madness! It was a good thing that it was a great game, albeit a bit... violent at times. I did used to live in Minot, though, so that's something.
I did manage to get a couple photos of the Bobcats Goalie making a couple good saves which deserve to make it into a post, though.
It was different shooting from the other side of the arena than I usually do, so that was a good exercise for me as a photographer.
Minot won 4-3, so despite some pretty intense penalties called on the Bobcats (5 vs 3 for quite a while) it was still a very close game.
I'll just post a gallery here of the rest of the photos. Playoffs are coming up, hopefully I can get in for one of those somewhere (hint hint.)
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So I went out in search of birds on Thursday with my Friend and Co-Worker Brad. I think we did all right for going out this early in the season.
We started out going to Lake Nelson, a few miles West of Bismarck here, but we eventually made our way all the way up to the Lake Audubon Wildlife Refuge, just north of Coleharbor. There were so many Canada Geese, but I think that their numbers were dwarfed by how many Snow Geese there were. In the image above we couldn't even see through the group there were so many. It was insane!
These next few are from Lake Nelson, where we didn't get much.
I was trying to use a Tamron 2x teleconverter in conjunction with my Nikon 200-400 f/4, but it really wasn't getting me the results that I wanted, so I got rid of it after we were done at this lake and decided to just crop in on what I wanted if I needed it.
Next is more from Lake Audubon.
And here we have Brad being super cool. Check out his photos from the day over at http://bradsphotographs.com/the-great-outdoors/. He has some really great stuff.
And surprisingly, with how warm it has been the past couple weeks, there was still a ton of ice left on the lake.
But that is enough of that. More birds!
At this point we were getting pretty tired, so we decided to head back towards town. But as we were driving, a huge group of Turkeys came out of a little thicket, so of course we had to stop. Pretty much the cherry on the top of the day.
And that is enough birds for one day.
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So I went home to Colorado for a few days during spring break time, and I decided that since I was there, I should probably find someplace to camp for a night. So after looking at my options I decided on heading back up into Wyoming and camping at Vedauwoo, which is a large rock formation about an hour or so west of Cheyenne. I went up with my Brother and one of my College friends, so it was a fun little outing.
Note, there was still a couple feet of snow on the ground, and there was no burn ban in effect, so we were completely within our rights and safe to have a camp-fire. That being said it was also SUPER WINDY that night.
We went on a couple little walks around the nearest formation to our camp, one time as the sun was going down, once later that night, then once the next morning where my college friend and I sort of got ourselves kind of... stuck up on the top of the rocks. It was fun anyways.
As my first picture indicates, we had some pretty severe wind that night, but that didn't stop us from having a good campfire to go along with our stove, and that afforded some pretty great picture opportunities.
The dark after the sun went down but before the moon came up was actually kind of eerie. Also crazy purple, I did my best to capture it.
And my personal Favorite, of which I have a print hanging in my apartment now.
As I said, we then took another little walk after it was dark (and the moon was out in full force) to see what we could see.
The next morning was pretty much business as usual. Eggs for breakfast, pack up everything, and take another look around in the light. My brother also brought his custom-built tri-copter with him to just fly around a little bit.
After we got all packed up we headed over to the rocks you can see and decided to hike around a bit.
This is where my friend and I managed to get up on the top of the rocks, which then took quite a bit of scrambling and work to get back down again. It was great fun anyways, though, with a great view from the top.
It required some pretty technical stuff, but that makes it that much more fun!
And that is all for now!
(All these photos were taken with either my Nikon D4 or D3s with either my 14-24 f/2.8 or 24-70 f/2.8.)
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On Thursday night the theme of the Bismarck Bobcats game was "Brave the Shave," since the whole team was getting their heard shaved for St. Baldrick's foundation. OF course, I had to get pictures of all of the guys in the process, with all the anguish and misery on their faces! It almost made me feel bad...
Hopefully I got all of the guys, and none of them got through without their head shaven.
As well as all shaving their heads, they auctioned off their limited-edition jerseys with the proceeds, as well, going to St. Baldricks. So just all in all a good night.
Also, I would like to put in a shout-out to the Salon off Broadway for doing all of the shaving!
Here is their website:
And of course check out the St. Baldrick's Foundation website if you wish to donate:
I will do a post on the actual game eventually, but for now thanks for reading!
All images Copyright Kevin Fedde and Fedde Studios, 2015
After being conveniently gone for quite a few of the last Bismarck Bobcats home games, I finally got around to one of their games, and boy was it a good one! The final score ended up being Bobcats 8 Wilderness 4. The Bobcats came back from a 4-2 deficit in the first period to own the second and third periods.
Now I have gotten both a new camera and a new lens since shooting at the last game we went to, so my wife and I headed out, her with the new camera old lens, me with old camera new lens (if that makes sense). She was using my "new" Nikon D3s and my older 70-200 f/2.8 VR1, and I was using my "old" Nikon D4 with my brand new 70-200 f/2.8 VR2. Man that is a crazy sharp lens. I definitely feel that I got more keepers with that combo than when I was using my old 70-200 on either my D3 (which I sold a long time ago) or on my D4.
That being said, I did use my D3s for a few frames here and there (since it is new to me and I want to get used to it), and it did a fantastic job. I can definitely tell that the Autofocus is better than that on my D800 or my old D3. This frame above here is one of my favorites from the night aside from that first awesome save.
With the final score being 8-4 there were a lot of goals to keep track of, but I managed to get a couple of them. When the Wilderness was winning handily the crowd was really subdued, but I think that they really helped the Bobcats out when they started making their comeback. The better the Bobcats played the more excited the crowd got, and that helped the team out, which helped out the crowd, and so on. When the Bobcats scored their last goal on an un-protected net the crowd went crazy! That was an awesome moment.
I think that is enough about the game. I'll post a gallery of the rest of the photos here for future reference.
Thanks for reading! I think I am getting better at hockey photos, hopefully that shows.
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