In photography, some days luck is on your side and other days not so much. This was one of those days. No matter which side of the field I set up on it seemed the play wound up on the other side. I have a bunch of photos of players with their backs to me making really nice catches. Some days are like that.
This game was played at Central Islip's turf field, a really nice field. The field runs almost north-south which means the afternoon sun rakes across the field. At the start of the game, at 2:00pm, this wasn't much of a problem since the sun was still high enough where I could get away shooting from both sides of the field. As the game wore on and the sun got lower it became obvious that I'd have to stick to the west side with the sun at my back.
I like to shoot offense from the side closest to the QB's throwing arm. This lets me get much better shots of the QB and a lot of the running plays tend to go that way also, especially in high school. At times, the strong sunlight made this impossible so I was stuck with the west side of the field for the last half. As soon as the play made it within 35 yards of the goal I'd move to the end zone corner just to change up the shots. Hence, there are more shots than usual shooting straight into Commack's line.
I did manage to get a few half way decent shots so it wasn't a total loss. Camera settings were the usual - Auto ISO, 1/2000 sec., wide open aperture. I kept my white balance on auto for this game due to the sun going in and out of the clouds at times.