Commack High School Girls Varsity Winter Track
Caught the Commack girls varsity track team at a winter track crossover meet. These meets are held at Suffolk Community College's athletics center on the Brentwood campus. It's a huge building with plenty of room for events to be held simultaneously but not a lot of light for photographs. Photographing a track meet is like trying to photograph a four-ring circus. You have up to four events going on at the same time - a running event, a long or triple jump, a high jump and shotput. For this reason, it's impossible for one photographer to get every event, let alone every competitor, so you just try to keep your eyes open for the school you're covering and do a lot of running back and forth.
At Suffolk I'm shooting at ISO 6400, 1/400 sec. @ f/2.8 and, for some parts of the track, that's even underexposing. It helps to practice panning your camera and catching the athletes at the peak of their movement in order to avoid motion blur because 1/400 sec. is not going to stop most fast action.
Since I was panning some of the running events I thought I'd try the electronic shutter on my Fuji XT-2 body for an interesting effect. The camera is equipped with both a mechanical shutter and electronic shutter. Typically, the electronic shutter shouldn't be used for moving subjects because it creates distortion due to the rolling shutter effect, but it does create a cool effect on panned shots. Have a look at 557 and 809. The runner looks fine but the background actually slants forward. Neat effect if you don't overuse it.
Next up - winter concert 2. Have fun.