On the Island – Week One

To keep me busy these glorious spring  Saturdays, my Ultimate team has joined the Randall’s Island Saturday Club League, run by Ultimate Rec (UltiNY). Games start at 11:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. every week and each of the ten teams have two games to play, so expect lots of Ultimate photos! Registration should be closed for this league, but there are other leagues (and other sports), so check out the website if you live in the New York City area and have a need for being outdoors.

I can’t even explain to you how happy I was to shoot outside in daylight. I wasn’t going to bring my camera at first because of the threatening weather, but it cleared up and turned out to be a gorgeous day! When shooting sports outdoors, I rely on my Sigma f/2.8 70-200mm lens. I keep my f/stop at 2.8, my ISO at 100 or 200, and my shutter speed as high as it can go without darkening the photograph.

One thing to keep in mind when photographing a team wearing a dark shirt versus a player wearing a white shirt is the white shirts are going to throw off your camera settings a little bit. Not enough to ruin your photograph (unless they take up the majority of the photo), but it’s going to bounce the light at you a lot, and if there’s a design on the shirt it may be washed out. Keep an eye on your electronic analog exposure display (located underneath the shutter speed and f/stop readings). The closer to center you can bring the arrow, the better exposure you’ll get in a photograph. You can do this by increasing or decreasing your shutter speed or f/stop depending on what effect you’re looking for.

The sun is a wonderful source of light, but depending on where you’re standing it can be a real pain, too. If, for example, the sun is on the opposite side of the field that you’re standing on (a.k.a. you’re shooting towards the sun), you could get a halo around your players, or your players will seem very dark while their surroundings are bright and vibrant. If you are on the same side of the field as the sun (a.k.a. you’re shooting away from the sun), your players will be better lit. Try standing in different places around the field to see what kind of an effect you get.

If you find yourself on Randall’s Island on any given Saturday this spring, stop by fields 52 and 54! Until then, enjoy! 🙂

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