Thursday, June 16, 2011

2011 Stanley Cup Final - Game 7

So sad ..... Canucks loss.

I went to the fan zone again on game 7. Walked along Georgia Street, crowd already packed at Richards Street. Squeezed through the crowd and took this photo at Homer Street where two guys were sitting on the traffic lights. Time: 6:04pm
Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S ED 80-200mm f2.8D at 100mm ISO400 f5.6 1/1250s

First warning, no security check and no fence off. Crossed Homer Street and continued to squeeze through the crowd but stuck just after few steps. Went to the far left and passed half way in front of Canada Post building. Stuck again, went backward and took a detour to Homer Street, Dunsmuir Street and entered the fan zone from Hamilton Street. Second warning, no security check and no fence off too, except fence on the east side. Tried to squeeze into the crowd again but I couldn't get near the big screen. So, had to back off and stood outside the fence area. These guys climbed up to the roof of the side entrance of Canada Post for better view of the big screen. Time: 6:17pm
Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S ED 80-200mm f2.8D at 112mm ISO640 f5.6 1/320s

This is where I entered from. Time: 6:25pm
Nikon D70s, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-135mm f3.5-5.6G at 18mm ISO640 f5.6 1/320s +1.7EV

The place I stood was at the side and behind the big screen. All people stood behind the fence can not see the big screen. But some of us looked at the reflection on the windows of the building across the street. It's better than seeing nothing at all. Time: 6:45pm
Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S ED 80-200mm f2.8D at 200mm ISO640 f2.8 1/640s

Do you see the 360 degree camera in this photo? Time: 6:47pm
Nikon D70s, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-135mm f3.5-5.6G at 18mm ISO640 f5.6 1/320s +1.7EV

Here's the close up. It's in pentagon shape and consists of 6 lenses; 5 lenses in horizontal and one in vertical(on the top). You may find more info here and some clips here.
Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S ED 80-200mm f2.8D at 200mm ISO640 f2.8 1/1000s

The blue man climbed up to the traffic light post. Time: 7:08pm

Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S ED 80-200mm f2.8D at ISO640 f2.8 1/5000s +1.0EV

Some fans start to leave the area before the game ends and few guys from the crowd start to throw battles to the big screen(see red circle on the top left corner). Third warning, one glass bottle landed few feet away on my left and a piece of broken glass hit my shoe. Luckily the force was mild because of my distance between the big screen. Time: 7:46pm
Nikon D70s, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-135mm f3.5-5.6G at 18mm ISO640 f5.6 1/250s +2.0EV


Forth warning, detected the first smoke in front of Canada Post building. Time: 7:47pm
Nikon D70s, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-135mm f3.5-5.6G at 18mm ISO640 f5.6 1/400s +2.3EV

Nikon D70s, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-135mm f3.5-5.6G at 18mm ISO640 f5.6 1/200s +2.3EV

This Canucks fan was so sad and emotional. Cried with tears on eyes. All shutter bugs rushed to took this sensation moment. Time: 7:49pm

Fifth warning, detected the second smoke at the same spot. Time: 7:51pm

Another man comforted him and he still couldn't hold the tears in his eyes. Time: 7:52pm

Later, he talked to me briefly and I put my hand on his shoulder for the support. He must be one of the die heart Canucks fans. I guess he was praying that Canucks will win next year. Time: 7:53pm
Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S ED 80-200mm f2.8D at 86mm ISO640 f2.8 1/640s

He's still sad and disappointed.
Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S ED 80-200mm f2.8D at 80mm ISO640 f2.8 1/200s

Time to leave before it's too late, because I sensed the riot could be happen in any second. And I was right. When I was few blocks away from the fan zone at Cambie @ Pender, looking back and saw black smoke in the sky. At least 3 helicopters were surrounding the area. Time: 8:01pm
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