jan 24, medicine hat tigers v edmonton oil kings

Because I don’t have enough hockey photos on my blog, right?


Jan 24 OK v Tigers - Images by Dylan Lynch

I promise, more interesting, and more non-hockey stuff is coming very very soon! :)

winning goals.. for the wrong team

The Oilers can’t get a break lately, and I’m sick of getting the oppositions’ winning goals in the late stages of every game.

Maybe the Oilers will read this, and win, if only to make me happy.

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Dallas celebrates breaking their 13-game road losing streak


Daniel Sedin puts the one-timer past Devan Dubnyk, who is still looking for his first NHL win

On a different note, I’ve got a bit of a problem with the photo the Edmonton Journal published for the Canucks @ Oilers game on January 20.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen such a bad choice of photography to use for the game.  The headline is “Can’t win for Losing”, and the published photo is pictured below:

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This is exactly how it was published in the paper, same crop, same headline, same caption.

Does this seem like a poor choice to everyone else?  We passed it around at work, and everyone was a bit surprised at it.  How does this make it past an editor?  I have a few issues:

The crop is really strange.  Both players are cut off, there is no apparent action.  You can’t tell whether Daniel Sedin is passing it, shooting it, waiting for it, nothing is obvious and it’s impossible to know the context.  I understand that it is impossible to get every goal, and that the best photographers in the world will miss lots of important action.  I understand that it was a pivotal moment in the game, the game was decided on this overtime goal.  I understand that they want to use a relevant photo.. but it just doesn’t work.  It’s printed quite large, there is so much useless negative space, it really just doesn’t flow.  Beyond the photo itself, I don’t think it fits the caption at all.  “Can’t win for Losing”, seems like something that should be paired with the disappointed face of an Oiler, or the jubilant face of an opposition player.. not a static shot that doesn’t show anything unless it’s explained by a caption.

I’d like to quickly stress that I mentioned “I understand that it is impossible to get every goal, and that the best photographers in the world will miss lots of important action”.  Bruce Edwards is a great photographer, and puts out quality photos every time I see them published.  I’d assume this is a decision made by an editor or something.. I just wanted to vent about how surprised I was that this was the photo they felt best represented the game.

published: the hockey news, espn, nhl websites

It’s always cool to see my work posted on other websites besides local stuff.  I’m not sure if it’s lame to post about this, but it’s exciting, and I’m proud of it, too bad! :)

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crosby night in canada

Thanks to the NHL’s suspect schedule planning, we get to see Eastern stars like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin very rarely.  Luckily, they’ve both been here this year.  I’m sure there were more Crosby jerseys in the crowd than Oilers jerseys, and deservingly so.  There was a really excited buzz around Rexall pre-during-post game, and the Pens did exactly what they did to us last year..  3 goals in the 3rd period, to erase our 2-0 lead.

Despite working around them all the time, I’m amazed that I still get “starstruck” when players like Sid are around.


Stall, Crosby, and Malkin.  This is the result of many number 1-3 draft picks.  It looks like the Oilers will enjoy the same privile\ge in coming years.


 Did I mention there were lots of Crosby jerseys?

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 A familiar sight at Rexall, the opposition celebrating a win.  :(

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My photo was chosen for the NHL “Frozen Moment” from that night.. the Olympic torch made it out ro center ice with Pat Quinn, Shannon Szabados and Meaghan Mikkelson from the Canadian women’s hockey team.  I played against Shannon quite often throughout my minor hockey career, it’s cool to see she’s made it so far.

a new local company.. vision hockey

I’m taking some promo shots for a new Edmonton based hockey stick company called Vision Hockey.  I had their stick for the night yesterday and we took a few shots of the stick in studio.  Seems like a great product so far, and of course I have hope for them as they’re a local company.  They have Michael St-Croix, #18 of the Edmonton Oil Kings, on board with promotion, so we’re hoping to do a shoot with him very soon.  Look for that in the coming weeks, and more product shots soon as well.. but here’s a taste of what we’ve done so far.

Once the website is up, it will be at www.vision-hockey.com

ffuuuu rad.

John Darnielle’s intensity is contagious.  I want to run through forests and fight monsters and conquer the world after listening to this one.  Song is Psalms 40:2 off The Mountain Goats’ most recent, The Life of the World to Come.

january 8, 2010 - vancouver giants v edmonton oil kings

January 8, 2010 - Vancouver Giants v Edmonton Oilers - Images by Dylan Lynch

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

january 5, 2010 - phoenix coyotes v edmonton oilers

I got the call to shoot my first NHL game tonight.  I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.  I’m hard on myself.  I don’t like what I got, but I wanted to hit it out of the park, so maybe I had too many expectations.  More notice would have been nice (I found out I was shooting late this morning).  Barely any time for setup, using a brand new editor, things didn’t go as smoothly as they could have, but as least the game wasn’t wasted.

It was very fun.  I’m very grateful to have a job that gives me this opportunity, and I hope it happens more often in the future.  This is definitely a job that I absolutely love, I know I’m in the right place.  BIG thanks to Keagan Brooks for editing on such short notice, it’s not easy to do, but he made it easy for me (Despite forgetting his phone like an amateur)

Here’s a quick slideshow:

January 5, 2010 - Phoenix Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers - Images by Dylan Lynch

2010 mac's midget hockey tournament, calgary alberta


\This year was my third year in a row having a part of the Mac’s Midget Tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  The MMT is a very prestigious and well known tournament worldwide, attracting many future NHL and international stars.  Previous participants include Jarome Iginla, Mike Modano, Bill Ranford, Wendel Clark, Ryan Smyth, and some kid named Sidney Crosby.  Covering such a big tournament is a long and arduous task, requiring massive amounts of cooperation, organization and attention.  There are 40 teams, and the goal is to get a good selection of photos for every single player in the tournament, it’s daunting, but a good challenge. 

This was the first year that I ran the whole operation by myself.  In 2007, I was working under Andy Devlin‘s direction, as it is his company (LA Media Photography and Design) that is hired to shoot the tournament.  This year, though, Andy was in Timmons, ON shooting the world under-17 championships (With help from Toronto based Warren Hrycun, another good friend of mine).  The tournament in 2008 was a bit of a warm up for me, as I had a bit more responsibility, sharing with an excellent hockey shooter based out of Kingston, ON, Matthew Manor.  Matt shot the men, I shot the women, and I was more involved with the decision making process than I was as editor in 2007.  2009 was all me at the helm, and it went as smoothly as I could have hoped.  Editing for me was Carolyn Brown, and shooting the women was another ON based photographer who has helped LA Media for many consecutive years, Brett Gundlock.  Their help was essential, and they both played a huge part in this year’s tournament photography success.

Here are some hightlights from the week:

Congratulations to the Vancouver Giants and the St. Albert Slash on their much deserved wins.

2010 Mac’s - Images by Dylan Lynch

mamiya 7 in calgary.

The Mamiya 7 is my favorite camera in history.  It is incredible.  This is one of those cameras that everyone should shoot with some day just to see how perfect a camera and lens combo can be.  I shot these in the morning during my Sloan trip to Calgary.  It was -40, and everything worked perfectly, this is the way cameras should work.  Do whatever you can to try one one day, it’s worth it.

Technical:  Mamiya 7, Mamiya 80mm f/4, Kodak Ektar 100, scanned on Epson V700

Thanks to Carolyn for modelling.