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Flames Can’t Cool Caps

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In another solid and tight game, the Washington Capitals extended their win streak to four games and are now 9-0 with Mike Green in the lineup this season after beating the Calgary Flames by a score of 3-1. Alex Ovechkin is scoring like “Is party now.” Everything is groovy.

Except that Nick Backstrom left the game early shortly after taking an elbow to the head. And Alexander Semin may or may not have suffered a deep cut to his right arm on Saturday in Columbus. And the Capitals are heading West to play in San Jose and Los Angeles. At least they win every time they visit those cities. Oh, wait.

Well, let’s see…

Read more about the game with ideas and observations that probably make sense at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, District Sports Page, and Kings of Leonsis.

See my photos below or on flickr.

Speaking of my photos… I know some of you check out my photos pretty often, or at least I hope at least a few of you do. For those that do, you may have noticed the look of my photos changing a bit over the past few games. I’ve been making some tweaks to my processing routine. While they still aren’t quite turning out quite like I’d like them to, they’re getting closer.

I was wondering, though, what do you think? Have you noticed? If you have, do you like the changes? Dislike them? Or generally, what do you like about my photos? Or not like? Let me know. I would really like to hear from you.  Thanks!

A Surprise For Me At the Caps Game

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The Pittsburgh Penguins came to town for a game with the Washington Capitals. Since I was the only one in my family that could go, I got the bright idea to sell all my tickets and buy a reasonably priced second row seat on StubHub. The ticket I bought is not one I would buy again. Not even sure I’d sit there for free if offered. A great view of the front of the net where the Capitals shoot twice…when someone in the first row is kind enough to not be sitting in his or her seat. I suppose if the person had an invisible head, that would work, too. This isn’t just a taking photos thing, it’s a regular CSS thing.

Whether anyone is in front or not, the view down the other end is pretty nonexistent because of the distortions looking through plexiglass at an angle. I’ve sat in the first few rows in a few places around Verizon Center and they’ve all been better than this one particular seat.

So, I think some things happened down at that end. Like all three goals were scored down there. Some pretty great hits. And John Erskine put a pretty good beat down on Aaron Asham down that way, too.  Wish i had seen them.

To top it all off, my friends up in the seats I’ve had for a while were texting me about the wonder Penguins fans that bought my tickets there. Maybe I got what I deserve. :shrug:

I did get a few decent photos, I think. Ones worth sharing, anyway. Hopefully, no one steals them, prints them and sells them. That would make them different from this photo of Eric Fehr I took at the Winter Classic.

See, a print of that photo, which was signed by Fehr, was up for auction at the Home Game Auction stand outside section 108/109 at last night’s game. No one has ever sought sought and no one has ever received permission to use that photograph for any type of commercial purpose.

The guy manning the table told me it was okay because it had the NHL license sticker on it and if I had a problem to take a card and call their office in Texas.

I take photos at the games because it’s like an OCD thing. I can’t not do it. I don’t exactly have a use for them after I take them, so I share them here or other places like flickr so people that like looking at them can look at them or reshare them. So that people that like writing about the Capitals can include them in their blogs. I don’t share them so that businesses or people can take them and use them to put money in their pockets. In fact, I specifically say that while my photos are free to share, they may not be used for commercial purposes (read: put money in your pocket).

Home Game Auction was selling a print of one of my photos at the Capitals-Penguins game at Verizon Center last night without my permission to use it. It was in Item # 14300-3V10021A-V025-5G3 (or something very similar to that, see the photo below). I could offer all kinds of speculation as to how that came to be, but I won’t. I could go off on an internet rant, but that’s not what I want to do, either (and I hope this doesn’t come across that way).

I’m just incredibly disappointed. And feel betrayed.

People ask me pretty frequently if they can buy prints or high resolution copies of my photos. I tell them that they can’t buy them because I can’t sell them. Among other things, the logos are the property of the teams and the league and I can’t sell images of them without their permission. That’s cool. I get that and I’m fine with it, so I don’t.

Internet 101 is probably something like “If you put something on the internet, someone is going to take it and make money off it.” I’m not okay with that, but I know that’s the way the world is. It would be one thing to find a print of a photo I took of Eric Fehr with a fake signature on eBay. It’s quite another to find it for sale (or up for auction) in Verizon Center at a Capitals game. Complete with a hologram sticker from the league that is supposed to ensure that it is a properly licensed item from the NHL, which it was not.

Like I said, I do have photos to share below and on flickr. Feel free to use them and share them, but please don’t steal them. If you don’t understand what that means, ask. It’s really simple.  Thanks!  If you want to read about the game, check the usual suspects like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, On Frozen Blog (although they only have something about the fight up now), District Sports Page and the rest that I’m to tired to type now.

Win and The Fans Want a Bigger Cup For Beer

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The Washington Capitals made it interesting. Again.  They gave up a third period lead to the Columbus Blue Jackets and went to overtime. Jason Chimera capped his return for a healthy trip to the press box for the last game adding the overtime game winning goal to an assist earlier in the game. Like the fans’ sign in the front row says, get us a bigger cup for more beer, boys. Sadly, Lego Man did not make an appearance.

Same stuff as always…go somewhere else to read about the game.  Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks, and Ed Frankovic’s blog are always good [update: and On Frozen Blog has their take up now, too].  Look at my photos below or on flickr. That’s why you’re here.

One of my photos is kind of interesting (to me at least). A few times at every game, I’ll take a shot during the flash in time that one of the real photogs with strobes takes a photo. Normally, my photo gets blown out so bad that I skip over it. Every now and then, though, it sort of saveable.  Even more rare, it’s in focus, doesn’t have much camera shake and winds up looking kind of cool.  There was one of those last night when Ovechkin was taken to the ice as he drove on Steve Mason’s net.  You can see it in the gallery.

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