How can I take pictures while sitting in the stands when there is a fence, without letting the fence spoil the image?
by Mohit Korpal
(New Delhi, India)
I will be using my Sony HX100V at a high zoom setting and my F-stop will be 5 or above.
Unfortunately there is no magic fix or easy solution to this issue. You can be successful shooting through a chain-link fence at a sporting event if you can get close enough to the fence.
One of the sports that I regularly take pictures of is youth baseball games. During a game I will normally go behind the backstop and try to capture some images of the pitcher from directly behind home plate. I have found that by getting my lens very close to the fence and trying to shoot through one of the links I can get good results shooting through the fence. I have even had some success taking pictures of batters through a fence when shooting at an angle to the fence. Again the key is to be fairly close to the fence and use a camera setting with a fairly narrow depth of field. That allows the fence to be pretty much blurred out and the player to be in focus.
However the scenario you seem to be suggesting indicates you will likely be some distance from the fence so it is unlikely you will be able to shoot through the fence in a way that it does not spoil the image. In those cases where the fence does spoil your image your only option will be to try and find a better vantage point to shoot from where the fence becomes less of an issue. Sometimes I have been able to move higher up in the stands so I can shoot over the fence. Of course this also has its drawbacks and limitations as well.
If you cannot find a better angle or location that allows you to avoid the fence and cannot move close enough to actually shoot through the fence there really is nothing you can do about this problem.