Commack High School Boys Varsity Winter Track
Caught the Commack boys varsity track team at a crossover meet at Suffolk Community College Brentwood Athletics Complex. This meet was the last of the night so I was able to get in a few shots of relays, an event that sometimes gets skipped if they're running late.
If you'd like to know about the basic settings and strategy I use for photographing winter track you can find it on the post I did on the girls track meet last week. Here are a few more tips that I didn't cover in that post -
- The long side of the track with the bleachers is darker than the opposite side so shoot races on the opposite side, if possible. Of course, they run the 50 and hurdles on the dark side with the bleachers, naturally.
- Try to shoot a meet scheduled in the daytime. Due to the difficulty of scheduling high school events at SCC Brentwood some meets are held on Saturdays and Sundays during the day. You'll get a bit more help from the daylight coming through the high windows. You'll need all the help you can get since this place is darker than many high schools, Commack included.
- If your camera has problems focusing on moving subjects in low light you can prefocus for some events. For the high jump prefocus on the label on the bar. For the long and triple jumps prefocus on the edge where the runway meets the sand pit. For hurdles prefocus on the top bar of a hurdle. For the shotput prefocus on the stopboard on the front of the circle. For other races, it's a bit more complicated; you can prefocus on a point on the track but you have to hope your runner hits it if they're not running in lanes.
- Finally, be respectful of the officials. They need to have a clear view of all the runners at the start of a race so stay out of their line of sight until the race starts. Also, keep well back from the edge of the track and keep an eye out for runners if you have to cross the track. The last thing you want to do is cause an athlete to be injured by running into you.