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The Hat Toss
17-DEC-2008 Mike Stobbs

The Hat Toss

I got to shoot the Blades game last night with Steve Hiscock (one of the best sports shooters I know).
Steve needed to be over the action for the first goal that the Blades got to get the "Hat Toss" shot.
The first goal for the blades came in the first period and I choose to capture the image with the fisheye.
Steve was using my 10-20mm so he could get a wide image also......
Thanks Steve I had a blast..............

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G AF ED DX Fisheye

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Pawel12-Apr-2009 18:30
Amaizing shot!!
BV!
Bobby Scott 25-Dec-2008 18:28
So coool
Milan Simic25-Dec-2008 10:00
Incredible perspective, excellent use of 10.5mm voted!
John Buffin21-Dec-2008 18:07
What would have been an even neater shot was your hat flying down in this shot too. About 5-10ft out I think would give a nice perspective.
pkocinski18-Dec-2008 23:48
What a great tradition the WHL has!
Steve Hiscock18-Dec-2008 02:29
Hehe, thanks for the compliments Mike, it means a lot coming from you :) I used a very similar shot for the Saskatoon Blades website, but the 10.5 fisheye ROCKS! The Sigma 10-20 is great, but I like how the fisheye works so well with this shot. Like B. Shortall commented, can I use this photo? (Kidding)

The Hat toss is a variation of the Teddy Bear Toss. Once a year, most if not all teams in the WHL will designate one night to toss Teddy Bears on the ice when the home team scores their first goal. The Blades used to do this, but figured that having fans toss touques, gloves and scarves instead of Teddy Bears, and then donating them to "less priveledged" people in Saskatoon would be a better idea... and as it was -30C last night , I tend to agree :)
Cindi Smith18-Dec-2008 02:22
This is sooooooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooooooood! How awesome!!!!! Now, who's hat goes to who?? LOL! Excellent and BraVo!
Steve Mockford18-Dec-2008 01:46
The composition here is flawless Mike - well done!
B. Shortall - BCS Photography18-Dec-2008 01:43
What a view!!! Although I dont know steve, I could imagine hearing him say "can i use this picture"???!!!
LeeG18-Dec-2008 01:39
Interesting and unique view of the action! Very cool wide view.
Dan Chusid18-Dec-2008 01:30
Time to open up a hat store!
;^)
vatorman18-Dec-2008 01:14
You'll never see that in Ottawa. Super wide shot Mike and a great 'event' to select for it. My hat is off!
Walter O. Koenig18-Dec-2008 00:49
Awesome fisheye shot, what a view. Line up perfectly. Excellent work Mike. "V"
Brad Claypole18-Dec-2008 00:40
Awesome - Great POV, original, front page material BV
pkocinski18-Dec-2008 00:24
I thought the hat toss came after one player scores 3 goals in a game? The Hat Trick...
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