Commack High School Varsity Softball vs. Patchogue-Medford
Another win for Commack's softball team, this time over Pat-Med. Beautiful weather for this game (finally).
By some stroke of luck there was no one playing on the baseball field, which is opposite our softball field, so I checked with the umps to see if I could shoot from the outfield for the latter part of the game. This is a vantage point that I would recommend if you have the option to shoot from there. You'll need a long lens. I'm using Fuji's 100-400mm zoom which, on an APS-C sized sensor camera like the XT-2, is effectively a 150-600mm full-frame equivalent. This means I can stand well behind the outfielders and make sure I'm not in their way if a long ball is hit. I should probably mention that there's no outfield fence at Commack or else I could shoot from behind the fence, assuming it's low enough.
Shooting from the outfield gives you an interesting view. You can get the batter, catcher, pitcher and ump in the same frame, as well as runners taking a lead off 2nd base. You can also get any steals of 2nd base and it's a perfect location to get plays at home plate. You have the added benefit of not having to worry whether your batter is right or left handed and your views of the bases are less obstructed than when shooting from the infield because you have more room to move around.
So, if you have a fairly long lens and the situation presents itself, give it a try. At the very least it will break up the monotony of your photos.