I start by saying merry Xmas to all, and all around. I hope your Xmas is memorable, fun and extraordinary :).
This year I decided to do something different as Xmas -presents instead of shopping some ready-made stuff. I can truly say without lying that I’ve put more effort on these gifts more than anything else in years.
The idea came from Imgur posts considering “award-winning” cookies – I browsed through them and selected few recipes I could imagine people liking. I did two of those – chocolate-chip – walnut – oatmeal and chocolate-chip almond butter cookies.
After they were finished, I put them in glass jars with some Hopea toffee (licorice toffee), put a ribbon around the jar and added handmade Xmas -cards.
— I hope the receivers like their gifts :).
After a night shift I needed something to do to stay awake and change my sleeping rhythm back to morning, so I climbed into a van with my friend and drove to watch a hockey match in Rauma. He had a reason to go there – do the pyros for the home team.
During the rehearsals, one of the glasses broke. Maintenance doing excellent job.
Final line with the Zamboni and the game is ready to begin
When the first goal was made by the home team – the ice filled up with stuffed toys, the toys were going to charity, and it was nice to see that there was LOTS of them.
First goal of the evening
It’s raining toys, Ilves’ players thinking deep thoughts
Ilves player’s after 1-1 goal
We only stayed there for the first round (3 hours drive to one direction, so we kinda have to), and lots of things managed to happen there. On the first round the score was 1-1, and it took almost 50 minutes after they got the winner – Lukko made the 2-1 score in the last round.
Last calculations before the buck hits the ice once more
This was my first time photographing Ice hockey, and as I knew, my 100-400 wasn’t suitable for this conditions, and my camera body doesn’t handle the ISO-values needed in these situations without flash. Well, next time it’s time to try how my 24-70/f2.8 will perform inside a hockey stadium.
Puck wrestling No lack of trying getting the second goal done
..neither lack of traffic. No goal this time.
Hölli with the puck
There are lots of more images, you can check them out on Flickr