Juniors Touch Rugby

Last week, I had the opportunity to shoot a parents vs kids touch rugby game as part of a juniors wind up event for the Southern District Touch Association. I had such a blast shooting the game that I thought I would share my experience here.

All of the photos below were shot with the Fujifilm X-T2, paired with the 55-200mm f3.5-4.8. They were all shot around 5 to 6 pm, which meant I had that awesome golden light that you can see in some of these photos. Although the 55-200 may not be the fastest lense, I find that with good light you are able to pull off some amazing shots with it. This was also the first time that I had tried to shoot sports in full manual mode. I had my shutter speed sitting around 1/500sec to 1/1250sec, and I had made the conscious decision to keep my aperture around f4 to f8 as I wanted to make sure that my subject is sharp and in focus. The ISO is probably the variable that I gave the least priority to in this instance. As the lights were pretty good, I find that I hadn’t needed to adjust my ISO much. Most of these shots were done with ISO 200, with a few bumped up to ISO 320 when I wanted to use a faster shutter speed to freeze the action.

One of the thing that I wanted to do as well, was to capture emotion. I have come to learn that the players are full of emotions when they are on the field. This is especially true when it comes to these kids. The smile as they ran with the ball, the determination on their face as they ran for the touchdown, and the disappointment as they lose the ball. I made it my mission to capture these and I hope that I had.

Massive shout out to the Southern District Touch Association for giving me the opportunity to shoot this game. I hope everyone enjoyed the photos as much as I did shooting it.

1/1250sec, f4.8, ISO200

1/1250sec, f4.8, ISO200

1/1100 sec, f4.5, ISO 200

1/1100 sec, f4.5, ISO 200

1/5000 sec, f4.4, ISO 200

1/5000 sec, f4.4, ISO 200

1/500sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6 ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6 ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1000sec, f5.6 ISO 320

1/1000sec, f5.6 ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4 ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4 ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

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1/500sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/1600sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1600sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1250sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1250sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1250sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1250sec, f6.4, ISO 320

To check out the rest of the photos, head to this link.

The Results - Landscape Workshop

As mentioned in my previous post, I held off on sharing my photos from the landscape workshop because I wanted to really go through them and really do them justice. I took roughly 600 photos from both locations in total. I know that sounds a lot, but I bracketed my shots so I ended up with a lot of the same shots. Going through and culling these shots took some time. I’ve managed pick out 2 from Canal Rocks and 3 from Sugarloaf Rock that I am happy with. I’ll go through the photos below and share my thoughts on them.

Canal Rock

Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm f2.8  1/40sec, f11, iso200 @16mm

Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm f2.8

1/40sec, f11, iso200 @16mm

This was one of the first few compositions I tried at Canal Rocks. I struggled in terms of composition here. As the sun was setting, I decided to set up in a sort of a valley for this composition. I noticed that every now and again, there would be a massive wave that would crash against the rocks. I started off with a close- up shot of just the rocks with the wave but didn’t really like the way it turned out. I decided to go wider and include a bit of the foreground to add depth to the photo. I quickly realised that I have come upon a problem that I had never encountered before. Seaspray. As you can see on the right side of the image, I had some water droplets on my lense, which was then accentuated by the sun. It was a constant battle between wiping the lense and taking a shot before getting more seaspray on it.

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55f2.8  15sec, f10, iso200 @16mm

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55f2.8

15sec, f10, iso200 @16mm

This shot was taken about an hour after the first one above. I was going for a more ethereal look by using a longer shutter speed. As before, my lense was just covered in water droplets, but it was not as obvious on this image compared to the last one as the sun had set below the wall of cloud. I think it would have been a more impactful image if I had set up closer to the water and have that wispy-ethereal water as the foreground instead of static rocks. Of course, this can only work if the waves weren’t so strong. Another thing that bothered me with this image was the lense flare on the right. 

Sugarloaf Rock

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55mm f2.8  1/8sec, f11, ISO 200 @ 17mm

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55mm f2.8

1/8sec, f11, ISO 200 @ 17mm

This was the moment the morning light hit Sugarloaf Rock. It came so suddenly that I was scrambling to get the shot. To be honest, the composition is nothing special. I opted to go for the classic shot after struggling with Canal Rocks the previous day. I wish the clouds would have caught the early morning light as well and just add a bit more interest.

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55 f2.8  1/400sec, f11, iso200 @ 21mm

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55 f2.8

1/400sec, f11, iso200 @ 21mm

Shifting the composition slightly, I wanted to include the foreground a bit more for this shot. This was taken about half an hour after the previous image so the whole of Sugarloaf Rock is now lit up with that nice warm glow. I liked how the vegetation at the bottom added a nice touch of green to the overall image. I wish I had a 10 stop ND filter for this shot to create some movement in the cloud.

Fujifilm X-T2, Samyang 12mm F2.8  2.5sec, f11 (I think), ISO 200

Fujifilm X-T2, Samyang 12mm F2.8

2.5sec, f11 (I think), ISO 200

If I had to pick a favourite shot from the whole workshop, this would be it. This was actually one of the first few shots I took upon arriving at the location. According to the metadata, this was taken at 5.06am. It was still fairly dark at the time. Initially, I wanted to try a long-exposure for this shot to try and get the wispy, ethereal look on the water but decided against it. I’m glad I did. At 2.5sec, it was long enough to capture motion on the water but short enough that you can still see the lines and definitions in them. I love this image, so much so that I am considering getting it printed.

All in all, it’s been a fun weekend and I had learned a lot. The knowledge that I had gained from this workshop and from James has been great. It had really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Granted, waking up at 3 in the morning is probably out of the comfort zone for a lot of people, but I’m glad I did it. Thank you again, James, for imparting your knowledge to us, and to all participants that made this possible.

Drop a comment below if you have any feedback on the blogs so far, or if you just want to say hi and have a chat 😁 Blogging is still very much new to me but I am excited to share my photos and experiences with you through this medium.