Commack High School Varsity Baseball vs. Walt Whitman

Commack High School Varsity Baseball vs. Walt Whitman

Caught a scrimmage between Commack and Walt Whitman on Thursday. Scrimmages are a good time to get photos for a number of reasons. First, they don't count towards the team's record so they tend to rotate lots of players in and out. Second, there are no umpires present so you have a little more leeway in where you can position yourself for the best shot. Finally, unlike scrimmages in some other sports, they do wear their uniforms. Given all this and a short yearbook deadline, it's an offer you can't refuse. This was an overcast day, which is nice for baseball since you don't get really dark shadows under the player's hats. I was shooting with my Fuji XT-2 and a 100-400mm lens, Auto-ISO, 1/1600 sec. wide open aperture. I have the camera setup to write RAW files to one card slot and JPEGs to the other. Lately, I've been using the JPEGs; this camera's JPEGs are excellent and actually have enough latitude for most corrections I need to do in post. The only thing you need to watch is which film simulation you pick. For overcast days like this one where the light is flat, any of the simulations will do since you can always use some extra contrast in the photos. For bright, sunny days the lower contrast simulations, such as Pro Neg Standard, will help minimize contrast. In very contrasty situations, or in low light using high ISOs, you may need to bite the bullet and shoot RAW files. Almost all of Fuji's film simulations have a lot of contrast and the in-camera noise reduction is not as good as you can do yourself in post.

Now that I'm caught up post-processing sports photos I have to go back to finishing my Carnival shots.

Have fun.

Commack High School Girls Varsity Track vs. Bay Shore

Commack High School Girls Varsity Track vs. Bay Shore

Commack High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Copiague

Commack High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Copiague