Commack High School Girls Varsity Track vs. Central Islip
Since it was such a nice day I thought I'd get more photos of girls track, specifically the events I missed in the first gallery. Track is one of those sports that's difficult to cover simply because there are a lot of events going on at the same time in different parts of the field or, in the case of discus, in a different field. In the first meet I covered I wasn't able to get shot put because it was over so quickly and I'm rarely able to get discus because they do it on the field behind the turf field. Luckily, the weather cooperated and I was able to get both, including a few more shots of some pole vaulters and a couple of races.
It was a sunny day and the light was super contrasty. This is the time shooting both RAW and JPEGs at the same time comes in very handy. My camera has two SD card slots and I have the option of writing RAW files to one and JPEG files to the other. I usually end up using the JPEG files because they look good without the additional processing a RAW file needs but in this case I found that, due to the contrasty light, a lot of the JPEG photos had skin tones blown out that were unrecoverable. This is where the RAW files come in very handy since they have a lot more latitude for bringing back blown out highlights and blocked up shadows. If your camera has the ability to record RAW and JPEG files at the same time I would highly recommend it, especially for tricky lighting conditions.
Pole vaulters are always fun to shoot but each of them has a different way of going over the bar. This means you need to watch a couple of vaults to see where best to position yourself for each athlete. Sometimes, as in the case with the last vaulter, it's best to shoot on the approach behind them.
For some of the races I shot from ground level. Having a flip-up LCD display on the back of the camera helps a lot with this. You can lay the camera on the ground but still see what you're doing. It makes for an interesting perspective.
That's it for today. Next up, softball.