A couple of weeks ago, I shot a local summer softball playoff game. A pair of images from the shoot made it to the paper in Five down, two left in Carrboro Co-Rec.
Above, high fives and congratulations end the night after Cliff’s Meat Market won 13-12 over the Chapel Hill Realty Group at Carrboro’s Hank Anderson Park. Cliff”s hard-fought wins over Milltown and CHRG on Thursday sends it into the final. Below, CHRG’s Dave Shaw jumps on a pitch Thursday night.
The game had a late start shortly after 8PM. So the light was poor from the start and just got worse. As usual it took me some time to get into the zone, wasting valuable light. Before I knew it, I was shooting at ISO 1600 and a shutter spped slower than 1/160th of a second. This makes taking action shots tough. Too slow to catch action, too slow to stop camera shake. Fortunately, I learned a bit about Lightroom’s grain reduction controls, though these did little more than take the edge off.
I ended up get more decent shots of the team in grey, Cliff’s Meat Market. Unfortunately, Cliff’s won, meaning they would move on to the championship match the following week. Since the paper was planning to cover that game and would feature Cliff’s again, the editors wanted more shots with red shirts, the Chaipel Hill Realty Group. Argh.
There were floodlights for the infield, but that made shooting the outfield useless, especially with only a 200mm telephoto lens. I spent a lot of time shooting batters and pitchers, not enough on runners and fielders.
I shot the championship game this past week and will have some more photos published tomorrow. I will post those shots this week.If you find this post useful or interesting, please consider buying me a cup of coffee.