Commack High School Varsity Baseball vs. Northport
Congratulations to the Commack varsity baseball team on their win over Northport on Thursday. They have a great season going.
If you're getting bored shooting the usual baseball shots here are a few suggestions:
Get a closeup of the pitcher like the photo on the left. You should do this while he's warming up. Just shoot through the fence directly behind the catcher. Your lens should be resting on the fence (a collapsible rubber lens hood is perfect for this). Make sure your aperture is wide open to avoid getting the fence in focus. Also, make sure your camera's drive is on continuous-high speed (where it should be all the time for sports). Then just fire off a burst long enough to capture the whole windup and delivery for two or three pitches, just to insure your camera's autofocus doesn't screw up.
Get a shot of a runner on first base diving back to the base in a pickoff attempt. For this you need to have a runner that you know is willing to steal and a pitcher that is comfortable with a pickoff attempt. Prefocus your camera about two feet beyond first base so you get the runner's face in focus and not the base (like I did; ahem...).
Try getting a bat-on-ball shot, the holy grail of baseball photographers. I was lucky enough to get one (237) during this game. If you have a camera that shoots at a high burst rate start shooting right after the pitcher releases. If not, just try to time the shot when the ball reaches the plate. Not an easy shot to get but it's good practice for your timing.
That should spice up your photo gallery a little. By the way, if you think baseballs are hard and wonder why they wear out so quickly, take a look at the shape of ball coming off the bat in 511.