Commack High School Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Sachem North and Commack Varsity Danceline

Commack High School Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Sachem North and Commack Varsity Danceline

Congratulations to the Commack boys basketball team on an exciting win over Sachem North in a hard-played game.

Caught the varsity danceline at their halftime performance for the first time this season. I figured I’d try something new this season. The biggest challenge in photographing the dancers is when they spread out across the floor. My 16-55mm lens just isn’t wide enough. So … I mounted my Fuji XT-2 body equipped with a 10-24mm lens on a floor tripod and attached a Phottix radio trigger to it. That gave me the ability to use my XT-3 with the 16-55mm while holding the transmitter for the XT-2 in my left hand. Easy, right? Well …

I set the 10-24mm on manual focus and focused on the front of the cougar logo on center of the floor. At f/4 this would give me fairly good depth-of-field. I did have a few issues. First, at times the dancers mover really close to the bleachers and even at 10mm the lens wasn’t wide enough to get them all in. Second, since the widest aperture on the lens was f/4, I was 2/3-stop underexposed at 1/640 sec. and ISO 10,000, which made for somewhat noisier images. I also found that operating the XT-3 in one hand and the transmitter for the XT-2 in the other wasn’t as easy as I expected, especially trying to follow dancers in constant motion. And, to put the icing on the cake, I forgot to sync the clocks on both camera bodies so the photos are out of sequence.

I did manage to get a few decent shots so it wasn’t a terrible evening. Next time I might try reducing the shutter speed to 1/400 to improve the exposure and see if that impacts motion blur too much. Or reduce the shutter speed to around 1/30 and go with the motion blur.

That’s it for this post. Next up - girls basketball.

Have fun,

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Commack High School Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Ward Melville

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