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