Another chilly scrimmage but I can use the practice, especially with baseball. One bonus of shooting scrimmages is there are no umps so I can get a little closer to the action.
Baseball can be challenging to photograph. There can be long periods with not much going on but then a play happens very quickly and it’s over before you know it. That demands a lot of concentration and the ability to predict, or at least estimate, where a play is going.
For scrimmages at Commack I’m shooting from inside the fence near the gate on the opposing team’s side. During a normal game I wouldn’t be allowed here but for scrimmages it’s OK. I’m in the corner up against the fence so I’m protected from any foul tips but I still have a good view of the entire field and all the players are facing me.
To get the hitters I’m at the end of the fence either on the first or third base side, depending on whether I’m trying to get right or left-handed hitters. When I’m on the first base side I’m also looking for pick-offs at first or second.
I’m shooting with my Fuji XT-3 and 100-400mm lens. The camera is set on auto-ISO, wide open aperture and 1/2000 sec. I take a custom white balance but the color balance will almost always need adjustment in post. The reason for this is, first, the batters will be in either deep shade or sunlight depending on which side of the field I’m on and, second, the clay-colored infield will create a color cast on the players which sometimes has to be toned down a bit.
That’s it for this post. Next up - badminton. Cause … when it rains I’m shootin’ badminton - inside. Have fun.