my perspective: softball- unf v. ucf

Welcome back to another episode of My Perspective!

In this review, I will be going over a few photos that I took from a softball game as UNF took on UCF. The #20-ranked Knights came into Jacksonville and fell in game one behind a walk-off home run from Becca Koskey!

For gear, I used the Sony A7iii paired with a 70–200mm f4.

In this set I think you’ll see a variety of different ideas and shots that I really enjoyed. Often times sports can be very monotonous when always shooting action, so I wanted to do some different things.

Be sure to check out the full gallery playback here!

Alright, now that that’s out the way, let’s dive into these photos.

Sony A7iii + 139mm @ 1/1000s, f4.0, ISO 200

The anthem photo is always some of my favorite photos to get, especially when you get the flag in the photo! Obviously this one doesn’t have that, but I love the way the UCF players create a great window to focus your eye on the UNF pitcher. I did take another with the flag, but I prefer this one a bit more because you get the larger size of the player. Always find a gap and look for new perspectives!

Sony A7iii + 200mm @ 1/1250s, f5.0, ISO 200

Creating field of depth is always fun to do, even if it makes a “distraction.” I really like showing on deck because it shows the focus of the batter on-deck and telling a story of how much it really takes to play a sport at the collegiate level. I like how the catcher is framed in the foreground because it shows what the hitter is focusing on as the pitch comes and simulating an at-bat.

Sony A7iii + 200mm @ 1/1000s, f4.0, ISO 200

I think this was a bit of a miss, but I like my idea behind the photo. I shot a previous game before with the pitcher having her arm out to get the ball back. This time, it’s more or less the same photo but with an on-deck batter creating a small window for the pitcher. I really like how it’s not in perfect focus, creating some sort of noise. But still, I think the intensity and focus in the pitcher’s eyes can break through all of that.

Sony A7iii + 200mm @ 1/400s, 13, ISO 200

This photo was taken towards the end of the game, when I got bored of taking action photos and wanted to change it up. I can’t remember which photographer I saw it from on twitter, but they had shared a few photos with shadows contrasted by a little sliver of light on the subject. I decided to mess around with the setting, and I’m somewhat happy with this result. The 4–5PM sun can be challenging cause of the position and it’s less than idea. This photo I actually moved to the stands which are above the field and shot from a new angle too!

If you’ve made it this far, shoutouts to you! I hope you got something out of this and I look forward to doing this more often.

Once again, thanks for stopping by!

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