2010 mastercard memorial cup - day 1.

So, today we hopped back in the photo van and headed back into beautiful Manitoba.  Instead of Dauphin, this time we’re in Brandon, a bit more of a “city” which is excellent so far.  I’m here for the 2010 Memorial Cup.  This is the tournament held between the winners of every Major Junior league in Canada, WHL, OHL, QMJHL, and host (Brandon Wheat Kings).  Keep in mind: I was VERY excited for the RBC Cup last week, but the Memorial Cup is literally 10x bigger/more important, I feel SO lucky to be here.

Brandon is a great city so far.  The hotel we’re in is attached to the arena, and it has 2 bars in it.. there’s really nothing more you can ask for.  After rolling in a little later than would be ideal, we waited around a bit for accreditation (sweet gift bags, by the way!) and started to take all our equipment upstairs to install.  We did a record-setting install, starting at 3:30 and ending at 4:45.  This was about where the “awesome photo day” stopped.  The shooting positions at the Keystone Center are far from ideal.. everything is through the glass, or from a VERY steep angle.  Andy Devlin decided to take the high position, with strobes, while I shot through the glass from low, natural light.  Luckily, the Keystone Center underwent massive renovation to light the surface enough for HD video, so the lighting was pretty rad as far as arenas go, FAR better than Rexall.

Here’s a quick selection from the first day.  The host team, Brandon Wheat Kings, played the OHL champs, the Windsor Spitfires (the Spitfires won last year’s Memorial Cup too).  Taylor Hall, a VERY highly touted (ranked 1 or 2 depending on who you ask) draft pick plays for the Spirfires, and he was REALLY exciting to watch, especially from someone coming from the Oilers’ organization.  He had one absolutely breathtaking goal that really made me excited, check it out here.  This kid is really, really special.

Can’t wait for the rest of the week to go.. this is a very prestigious event, maybe the most excited I’ve ever been to shoot, too.  I hope I can get a lot more out of the coming games.  The first game is always a puzzle, half of it is spent figuring out shooting positions, angles, etc.. I’m not used to shooting natural light, and I’m especially not used to shooting through glass, so it’s a bit of work to get the results I really want.

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If you want to know more about my experience here, follow me on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/dylanjlynch  I’ve been posting lots of updates and iPhone photos from the tournament, I hope to continue.  Have a good weekend! Know I will.

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