Commack High School Boys Varsity Basketball vs. William Floyd and Commack Varsity Danceline

Commack High School Boys Varsity Basketball vs. William Floyd and Commack Varsity Danceline

Congratulations to the Commack boys basketball team on their win over William Floyd and to the Commack danceline for another great performance.

For this game I thought I’d try a few new things. For basketball, instead of hanging out at the edge of the key like I usually do, I spent some time at the corners of the court and up in the stands at a height even with the rim. Shooting from the corners lets me use the longer 50-140mm, which is a 70-200mm full frame equivalent. From this angle I can photograph foul shots without getting in the player’s field of view. I also get other players in the frame and the crowd behind them with (hopefully), their arms raised.

Photographing from the stands about even with the rim lets me get clear angles of players moving the ball down the court and making shots from the corners. Since I’m shooting downward there’s less chance that players will block each other. The angle isn’t as dramatic as from the floor but the keeper percentage is certainly higher.

For the danceline I set my remote camera to make motion-blur photos - ISO 500, 1/6 sec. @f/5.6. The camera is a Fuji XT-2 with a 10-24mm wide zoom so I can get most of the floor in the shot. At 1/6 sec. I was able to blur movement but keep the stationary dancers fairly sharp. It’s an interesting effect that would probably be enhanced by using some strobes on the floor (I might give that a try sometime).

That’s it for this post. Next up - varsity cheerleaders.

Have fun.

Commack High School Varsity Cheerleaders

Commack High School Varsity Cheerleaders

Commack High School Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Ward Melville

Commack High School Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Ward Melville