Commack High School Boys Cross Country vs. Ward Melville

Commack High School Boys Cross Country vs. Ward Melville

Back to Sunken Meadow Park, this time for the Commack boys cross country race with Ward Melville.

Another bright, cloudless day so I’m definitely exposing for the highlights. Especially at the final bridge the sun is low in the sky, illuminating the runners and bridge but not the wooded area in the background, which goes almost totally black. You could increase the shadows to the point where some background details are restored but I kind of like the dramatic effect produced by the darker background. I’m dialing in as much as 2-1/3 stops negative exposure compensation to keep the highlights from blowing out too much.

Since the sun is low the light is very warm so the runners skin tones are very warm. Again, you could cool things down in post but I like the look. I did warm up the shots of the runners coming across the meadow since they’re back-lighted so the fronts of the runners are shaded.

The boys ran in two groups (first JV and freshmen then varsity) that started a few minutes apart so I didn’t end up getting any shots at the first bridge. Instead, I got a few more of runners coming across the meadow at the start.

These cross country meets are getting a lot more crowded with photographers from yearbook companies plus parents with cameras. There were four other photographers alone at the last bridge with me. Pretty cool, but I’m thinking about checking out some new places along the course to shoot from next season that are a little less crowded.

Camera and lens - Fujifilm X-T3 and 100-400mm lens

Exposure - Auto-ISO, 1/2000 sec., wide open aperture (f/4.5-5.6), negative exposure compensation added.

Post processing - Capture One Pro 12

Next up - boys soccer.

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