Commack Middle School Gold Boys Lacrosse vs. Beach West Islip
Made it over to Commack Middle School for the boys lacrosse gold team game against Beach - West Islip. I hadn't shot a Middle School game since fall when I photographed their football team. Lots of fun, as usual. Also, a lot quicker than shooting a high school game. The lacrosse field at the Middle School is completely lit by sunlight; no shade from high trees like the football field. For this reason you can shoot in manual exposure mode if the light is consistent. Just set it and forget it. Also the field runs nearly east-west just like the high school so you probably want to shoot from the southwest corner, especially in strong sunlight like we had this day. I have the highlights and shadows backed off in camera to minimize contrast. It's easier to increase contrast in post than it is to reduce it. I'm shooting with a Fuji XT-2 and 100-400mm lens. My exposure settings are Auto-ISO (since there were a few passing clouds), wide open aperture and 1/2000 sec. shutter speed. If I need to adjust exposure I just use the exposure compensation dial. The camera has two SD card slots so I have it set to write RAW files to one card and JPEG's to the other. The XT-2 produces excellent JPEG's (the photos in this gallery are all JPEGs from the camera) but it's nice to be able to have a RAW file if you totally hose the exposure on a shot.
That's basically all you need to do for middle school lacrosse. Questions? Send me an email. Answers are free. Have fun.