The Racine Extreme Flag Football league plays every Saturday morning at Franksville Park in Caledonia. We'll be going out there THIS COMING SATURDAY, June 22nd, starting at 9am. Games will be played all morning into the early afternoon (about 1pm-ish). You don't have to show up exactly by 9am, but you don't want to miss any of the action.
You'll have full access to anywhere you want to shoot from, apart from the playing field itself. However, let me warn you, if you have never photographed a football game before, I would suggest staying back at least a few feet from the sideline. On occasion, over a thousand pounds worth of football players come racing toward the sideline on a play, and they can't exactly stop on a dime.
There will be two games going simultaneously, so there are plenty of opportunities for some great shots. I went out this morning, and got a few shots myself. Take a look at the Facebook Gallery. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151478656511889.1073741825.198895366888&type=1&l=240953dc19
A couple tips --
- Flash usually won't help you. The players can go from WAY out of flash range, to WAY too close for flash in a matter of seconds.
- Zoom Lenses work best. Hey, If you have a 300mm 2.8, and you want to bring it, that's fine. You already know it's benefits and limitations. I tried shooting the whole day with an[masked]mm, and I missed a lot of shots. I'm actually considering bringing my[masked]mm kit lens next time. Some great shots can be had with wide angle lenses.
- Be ready to move. Again, A thousand pounds of football players can squish most photographers.
- Follow/Continuous focus works best. Faster shutter speeds are a must. Even if it is sunny, you MAY want to go with a higher ISO.
Hope to see you there!