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Pressure on photographer for the perfect shot

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Tennessean photographer Andrew Nelles hopes to get the perfect shot on ice. (Photo: The Tennessean) Tennessean photographer Andrew Nelles hopes to get the perfect shot on ice. (Photo: The Tennessean)
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For the Predators, the pressure is on for Game 6 - win or they’re done.

The pressure isn’t just on the players on the ice.

Andrew Nelles is a sports photographer for The Tennessean.

When the Predators play, with all that fast action, he’s looking to click the shot that helps define the game.

“With hockey, everything can change in a fraction of a second,” said Nelles. “It doesn’t take much. The game is just so incredibly quick.”

Nelles might take 30 shots before he gets the one he wants you to see. He’s searching for perfect and hoping he finds it in his lens.

“To make a good photo, there are two components, action and you need emotion,” Nelles said when asked what made a good shot. “You need the face to see the expression on the face, you can really feel the emotion of the game.”

Whether you were at the game, watched it on TV or didn’t see it at all, he’s looking for the image, the moment none of you saw.

That means the pressure is on him.

“I feel pressure for these games,” Nelles said. “If I miss a few plays, it’s my reputation on the line.”

Just like Pekka Rinne or P.K. Subban, he better be ready when the puck drops.

“Before a game, I like to have a good meal, relax, probably similar to what an athlete does,” said Nelles.

Later Monday, you can see what kind of night he had by looking at his photos.

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