The calendar has turned to Spring but the weather here in central New York is still fluctuating between it and Winter. I photographed my first outdoor field lacrosse game of the season over the weekend. The weather started out windy and cold with an overcast sky. As the game entered the fourth quarter, snow started to lightly fall.
I was using the Nikon D700 camera with the original 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED AF VR Zoom lens on a monopod in Shutter Priority mode. Lacrosse is a fast sport so I set my shutter at 1/2000th of a second and let the camera choose the aperture and ISO. Added a bit of Exposure compensation with snow banks surrounding the turf field.
As the game progressed so did the snow. It added a surreal look to the photos I was taking.
Isolation photos really came out great with the lovely bokeh of the lens and the falling snow being, if you will forgive me, frozen around the players.
As the clock was running down on the game, the snow came down even harder.
The next game scheduled for this week has wind, cool temperatures and rain forecasted. Good thing the young and talented athletes I see through the view finder give me something to concentrate on.