Multimedia at $199 a Night

June 9, 2008 | By Bruce Bennett | Sport

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DETROIT – MAY 26: Fans cheer during the pregame ceremony for game two of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena on May 26, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Because of proximity, the Marriott in Pittsburgh is the ideal hotel for Stanley Cup playoff coverage. Situated directly across the street from the distinctively shaped Mellon Arena, it also provided a perfect opportunity to shoot a brief time-lapse multimedia piece on game day.

I placed a Canon 20D and a Tamron 14mm lens on a clamp with a tethered Pocket Wizard set to intervalometer mode. I set the Wizard to shoot a frame every minute for the ten hours I would be away. The camera was set on aperture priority less 2/3 f-stops. This would prevent overexposure as the skies got darker and a 4gb digital card was sufficient to hold the 600 images.

In the early frames I could even see myself dragging my case of equipment up the hill to the arena. As well, the vantage point provided a view of the thousand or so watching the game on a large TV screen in front of the venue. The 500 frames were pared down to 100 images which seemed to be the maximum amount of photographs that would run smoothly in a one minute show.

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