Brooklyn Pharaohs vs. L.I. Ravens - Triboro Football League Championship
Semi-pro football is always fun to photograph. This game was for the league championship of the Triboro Football League and was played at Aviator Sports and Events Center at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Unlike high school games, semi-pro games can go for three or four hours just like the pros and this one went for about 3 1/2. It started a little after 5:00pm and went till around 8:30pm. That means you’re shooting in all kinds of lighting conditions ranging from full sun to warm sunset to stadium lights in a single game. It also means you need to deal with shadows on the field cast by the setting sun behind the stadium buildings.
For championship games I usually bring two camera bodies, my Fuji XT-3 with a 100-400mm lens for most of the shots and an XT-2 with an 18-55mm lens in case the play gets really close. I trying to keep a shutter speed of 1/2000 sec. which I pretty much got away with for most of the shots. By the time the game ended, though, the lights had come on and I was down to 1/1250 sec. at ISO 12,800.
I try to review the team stats, especially the players stats, on their website before the game to get an idea of which players are most likely to wind up with the ball. That lets me react a little more quickly, assuming I guess correctly. I’ll also try to get some portraits of individual players during downtime before the game, between plays and at halftime.
Photographing semi-pro ball is a lot of fun and a great way to stay sharp during the summer off season
That’s it for this post. Hope everyone’s having a great summer. Have fun.