Commack High School Varsity Softball vs. Sachem North
Nothing like a playing a softball game in gale-force winds. Even though it had rained the night before the dust was flying by the third inning. I spent quite a bit of time cleaning the dust out of my camera equipment after this game.
This was the my first softball game of the season so there are a lot of bubble gum cards in this gallery. I try to get at least one shot of each player at bat even if they’re just waiting for a pitch. Once I have those shots I’ll generally stick to just the plays for future games.
I usually spend half the game on the first base line and the other half on the third base line. That way I get a mix of plays around the field plus I get decent views of both right and left hand hitters.
The main challenge at Commack’s field is the sun streaming straight into home plate in the afternoon. Great for shooting batters; not so much for fielders. This year Commack’s home uniforms are all white. Put them in front of the dark infield background and you have an exposure challenge. I shot this game in auto-ISO, 1/2000 sec. and a wide open aperture. To deal with the white uniforms and dark backgrounds I’m riding my exposure compensation, dialing in up to 2-1/4 stops of negative compensation. I let the white uniforms blow out slightly because I’m shooting raw files and I know my camera has enough exposure latitude to bring them back in post. When shooting toward the field you need to back off the exposure compensation to allow for the bright backlight.
These images were post-processed exclusively in Capture One using a Extra Shadow film curve and a T-NEG08 style from Thomas Fitzgerald Photography.
That’s it for this post. Next up - boys tennis. Questions - click the “Contact” button below and email me. Have fun.