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A guide to "Capturing Motion" in low light situations

Photo Breakdown 001: How I got the BALL on the BAT with the Sigma 150-600 Sport

Last week I was testing out the Sigma 150-600 and the Nikon 200-500 at the Phillies Game. I had the pleasure of sitting in one of the greatest seats ever to watch a baseball game from. You can’t buy tickets or even get to this spot from the stands, you have to get there from the field. This spot is right next to the Phillies dugout and so close to the on deck circle that you can reach out and touch the players.

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To be honest I always made sure my camera was pointing out so if a foul ball comes off to the side that it would hopefully hit the lens and not me.An image like this is not easy to capture. You have to somehow have your timing be spot on and your camera capturing the right amount of frames in hopes that you get the ball on the bat. This is where something like a mirrorless camera could possible make shots like this much easier being that they shoot at 15 or more frames per second.
I will be working on the head to head between the two lenses in the next month. I want to make sure to take my time and do these reviews right.

Nikon D4s Sgima 150-600 F5-6.3 OS Sport Edition. at 270mm
1/2000th at F5.6 ISO 4000
Shot RAW not Cropped edited in Adobe Lightroom CC

Settings wise when you have to take into consideration that you may be shooting at 6.3 if you are zooming which means you need to bump your ISO in order to give you a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action. This is one of the issues with slower lenses like this, you have to bump the ISO and in low light situations you’re going to have to push most cameras to their limits. Beyond that you aren’t able to get the smooth buttery bokeh as easily with lenses like this. More in the future.