These are some sports action photography we did while we were shooting for the Clarkston High School Girls Varsity soccer seniors. The original shoot was for banners to be displayed at Senior Night at a home game. Shoot sports action photography can be a challenge. We had a cloudy afternoon, so I was able to control the exposure to get a dark ominous sky and I had my strobes so I could freeze the majority of the movement. The only real motion blur is of the fast moving ball as it is being kicked and I like the amount of blur. One of the biggest challenges is to start pressing the shutter release before the action I want to see happens. A little bit of practice helps. The next challenge is to trust in the players and not get hit by the ball.
The girls soccer team from Clarkston High School asked me to photograph sports portraits of the seniors. We had to shoot before one of their home games and were not able to get on the field because the JV soccer game was being played. We went to a practice field on the south side of the stadium and shot in the grass. Most of the day had been pretty sunny and it clouded up as the afternoon went on. The we started shooting the clouds came in. I balanced my off camera strobes with the clouded sky and made the sky a bit dark and ominous. I asked d the girls to with smile or look tough their choice. While we were there and had everything set up we did a group shot and then some action shots of the defending, dribbling or kicking. I will show the action shots in a future post.
Clarkston High School Football photography the Clarkston MI football field. Again this year I was able to get in the locker room before the game and between the halves. I was concentrating on capturing portraits of groups and individuals and get a general sense of the seriousness of the football players and coaches.
I also got nice HRD panorama of the home stands with the field in the foreground right at sunset.
It takes more than players, coaches and cheerleaders to put a game on. The is a small army of volunteers that work ticket sales, concessions, announcers and broadcast. The concessions is about the fastest most efficient group of popcorn sellers I have seen. It is rare to wait very long to get you hot dogs, hot chocolate of whatever you need. The Booster club raises thousand of dollars for the sport programs.
Up in the press box a team of announcers and spotters keep the fans well informed about plays, yards, player numbers and player names.
Clarkston TV has multiple cameras in the press box and at least one more down on the field. Games are rebroadcast all year.
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