Commack High School Varsity Badminton vs. Smithtown West

Commack High School Varsity Badminton vs. Smithtown West

Congratulations to the Commack boys and girls varsity badminton teams on their win over Smithtown West.

It seemed like a good idea …

I thought I’d shoot this match with my 100-400mm lens since, at Commack, the seven badminton courts take up the entire gym, wall-to-wall, so you have to shoot from the bleachers. You can’t get on the court. This is not necessarily a bad thing because you want to be up high or your view of the far courts will be blocked. The problem is, it’s a long way to the back courts, thus the idea to use the 100-400mm.

The problem with this idea is my 100-400mm is a variable aperture f/4.5 - 5.6 lens and that forces me to shoot at ISO 12,800 just to get 1/250 sec. shutter speed wide open. As I found out, 1/250 sec. is not going to hack it for badminton, or any other sport for that matter.

So…. a lot of these images are soft due to motion blur. There are some cool shots mixed in but not many. I think I’ll try to revisit badminton later in the season with a 1.4x teleconverter on my 50-140mm f/2.8 lens. That will give me an f/4 equivalent aperture so I can bump up the shutter speed a little faster.

Have fun.

Commack High School Boys Varsity Track vs. Sachem North

Commack High School Boys Varsity Track vs. Sachem North

Commack High School Varsity Baseball vs. Hauppauge - Scrimmage

Commack High School Varsity Baseball vs. Hauppauge - Scrimmage