Commack High School Girls Varsity Bowling
Caught the Commack girls bowling team at a practice at Bowlero Lanes. I like to photograph bowlers during a practice since you have a lot more flexibility in where you position yourself and you can use a flash which, in this case, was essential.
Bowlero, which used to be the old Commack Vets Lanes, was redesigned to simulate a retro bowling alley complete with vinyl and chrome furniture. The lighting is warm and very low. Great for ambiance; not so much for photos.
I usually bounce my flash off the ceiling and the first thing I noticed when I got there was that it was painted black. Reflecting light off a black surface is not usually a great idea. First of all it’s dark, and second, it may not be as neutral a color as you might think. I’ve seen black surfaces that reflect green light (our gym wrestling mats are one example). Luckily, the paint they used was really black so the reflected light, while a bit cool, was without any color cast.
My settings for the flash photos were ISO 3200, 1/250 sec. @f/5.6. I was using a 16-55mm lens on my Fuji XT-3. At this ISO you would expect the background to be much brighter but that shows you how low the ambient light was. I actually had to turn on my camera’s AF assist lamp to be able to focus on the foul line.
After the flash photos were done I put on my 50-140mm for some shots using only ambient light. Settings for these shots were ISO 12,800, 1/250 @ f/2.8 and they were mostly underexposed, requiring lots of post-processing work in Capture One.
So the main takeaway is that, even in very low light, you can still come away with some decent shots. Thanks to the friendly staff at Bolero Lanes for letting me photograph the team. I’ll be back next week to get the boys team.
That’s it for this post. Next up - boys swimming.