This was my first time photographing a game at the new soccer field at Burr Intermediate School and also my first session with the new Fuji XT-3.
The new soccer field is grass and, so far, in really good shape. Even has an electronic score board. The thing to watch out for at this field are the large trees on the west edge of the field. Much like the ones at Commack Middle School’s football field, they cast long shadows across the field in the late afternoon so players are running in and out of the sun and shade. Definitely need to pick an auto exposure mode for this (I use Auto-ISO).
The XT-3 performed quite well. It’s a bit quicker to lock focus than the XT-2 and seems to track better than the XT-2. The real test will come for indoor sports such as volleyball.
Quick tip for today - if you’re having problems adjusting white balance in post for decent skin tones try adjusting for the grass. No, really. Grass can range from bluish to very warm depending on the white balance. I find if you adjust the white balance until the grass looks green without a blue or yellow cast, the skin tones will fall into place. Just keep in mind if you have a photo with alternate bands of sunlight and shade across the grass, adjust the white balance for the grass in the shade. Give it a try.
Next post will be boys soccer. Have fun.