Congratulations to the Commack boys track team on their win over Sachem North in a very cold track meet.
This “spring” track meet was basically a winter track meet except you had to do it outside. It seems like all of the track meets were scheduled early this season during the coldest weather. My camera was still cold three hours after I came home.
With track it pays to understand your autofocus settings. If your camera has a setting optimized for subjects moving toward or away from the camera then that’s the one to use for most of the shots if you’re on the field. Unless you’re taking a few shots of runners moving across your field of view, you’ll probably want to frame them coming towards you most of the time. The same goes for long jumpers. I even photograph high and triple jumpers and pole vaulters using that same AF setting even though I’m shooting them at a slight angle.
Another thing to keep in mind is you want to use a focus point that’s slightly higher than center, especially for runners, in order to keep from cutting off their feet when focusing on their chest.
For high jumpers and pole vaulters, if your camera has problems tracking them as they approach the bar, just focus on the bar itself. You may need to stop down your aperture a bit to give yourself a little extra depth-of-field.
That’s it for this post. Next up - softball in gale-force winds. Have fun.