Commack High School Varsity Gymnastics vs. William Floyd

Commack High School Varsity Gymnastics vs. William Floyd

Caught the Commack gymnastics team in a meet with William Floyd on Wednesday.

Gymnastics is one of my favorite sports to photograph. The routines are fairly predictable so it’s not very difficult to get some decent shots. The only challenge is that many of the moves are very fast so the possibility of motion blur is always there.

For the vault I’m prefocused on the the pedestal of the vault table since the gymnast will be moving directly over it. I’ll switch my focus to manual and pan with the gymnast as they run down the approach.

For the uneven bars I try to focus on the gymnast’s face, which is a bit of a challenge since the bar often gets in the way.

For the balance beam I’m again trying to focus on the gymnast’s face. At times the gymnast will be facing in the other direction so you need to take a lot of shots when the opportunity arises. Extra points for getting the dismount.

For the floor exercise I’m panning with the gymnast but waiting for them to get fairly close to me. I try to position myself to get the spectators in the background if there’s a decent size crowd. If not, I can usually get the other gymnasts seated around the perimeter.

I’m shooting at 1/800 sec. which is really not fast enough to get the quickest action but there are moments in each routine when the gymnast as at the peak of the action and barely moving. That’s the time to take the photo.

Camera and lens - Fujifilm X-T3 and 50-140mm zoom

Exposure - ISO 10,000, 1/800 sec. @ f/2.8

Post-processing - Capture One Pro 12


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