One Last Stop On A Long Day
Part of my long (but fun) day at Indiana State Saturday was my first softball game of 2018. The timing just has not been right to photograph the Sycamore softball team yet in 2018. I was glad that things worked out so that I could photograph nearly an entire game. This week it works out even better as the team comes to me for two games Wednesday. Softball is a fun sport to shoot, and I have not been getting much in this year.
Hitting The Shutter
Over the course of the long Saturday I made many pictures. I would guess that with non contact at bats I made over 3,000 pictures on the day. The only pictures that made it to my computer were the locked in camera photos, and I made 879 of those during the day. Because I don’t look at anything else I am pretty liberal with what I lock so I would guess that 3,000 is a good number. I have been much better with how many images that I make at an event, but when you shoot for eight hours the shutter count is bound to go up.
The 400mm f/2.8 For The Win
I have been mixing in my Tamron 150-600mm lens to give me some flexibility on my shoots. Knowing that I would be running all day the lighter lens was the way to go early on. When I started shooting the softball game I broke out the 400 for a while. I love the look of it, but I feel that it really does not work well for softball. It is too long for most of the infield plays, and it is too short for the outfield. It was still fun to play with, and I need to use it more than I have been lately.
The Week In Photos
Saturday is a big part of my weekly look back at my favorite photos. It was a fun week where I finally got to photograph some sports in 2018. This week we are back to more baseball and softball. In fact by the time this blog posts on Tuesday I already have a game in Bloomington. After the weather cancelled my games last week it will be good to get back out to the other diamond. As I said above I have two games tomorrow at Purdue to get some more softball in. You can see my favorite photos from last week here on my Exposure page.
In softball more than any other sport you have to really anticipate. The action comes so fast that you don’t have much time to react. Here I was focused on third base down low to get her crouch before the pitch. A bunt was popped up, and I panned with her to make the shot. I say that I was lucky for two reasons. One is that I was on the right player at the right time. The second is that the light was on my side here. The ball pops more against the dark background. If the catch happened just a few feet to the side the player and ball would have been in the shadow, and I don’t think that I would have liked this picture as much. I say it a lot, but luck always has to be on your side in sports photography.