Congratulations to the Commack boys tennis team on their win over Smithtown West. They’re having a great season.
The weather for this match was actually semi-decent. The sun was bright but that means high-contrast photos. Commack’s courts run east-west so the players are split-lighted with the sunlight coming in almost straight across the courts in the late afternoon. I’m pretty much restricted to shooting from the south side of the court due to the parking lot behind me with cars that would create a lot of nasty reflections. The backgrounds from this angle vary from the baseball field to the baseball dugout to black handball courts, which makes riding my exposure compensation a necessity.
There are five courts so I’m pretty much running back and forth trying to get players as soon as they switch to the side facing me. I try to get each player doing a mix of swings - serves, forehands, backhands - but that’s not always possible. A lot depends on their opponent’s ability to return the ball consistently and how long the match lasts.
For camera settings I’m using my usual outdoors sports setting - auto-ISO, 1/2000 sec., and a wide open aperture. I use my exposure compensation dial to take care of exposure shifts, which in the case of tennis, are mainly due to changes in background lighting.
These images were all post-processed in Capture One using an Extra Shadow film curve and a T-NEG08 film style for color grading from Thomas Fitzgerald Photography.
That’s it for this post. Next up - maybe baseball on Monday, if the weather holds up (doesn’t look too promising). If not, definitely girls track on Tuesday. Have fun.