Golf photographers need reliable alarm clock
The last time you paid attention to shifting skies on the course, was it only to judge the potential need for an umbrella and waterproofs? Or were you looking for that elusive ‘perfect shot’?
While the average golfer’s enthusiasm for clear blue skies is understandable, clouds are really the bread and butter of good golf course photography. A golf course photographer is always looking for the edge. The edges of stormy weather, the edges of the day, the edges of shadows, greens, bunkers and rough.
Most rounds of golf are played when the skies are least dramatic. When the masses are counting up their sorry (or miraculous) scores and nursing a pint in the clubhouse, those addicted to tripping their shutters in prime lighting conditions are sneaking off to borrow a cart from the caddymaster for a revisit of the most scenic holes in ‘the magic hour’. Maybe they’re even scheduling a pre-dawn meeting for the next day.
The best photos of each golf hole
And when the rays are just right, they wish they could clone themselves in order to be on each hole at the same instant. It all happens so quickly. Actually, that’s not quite right. Usually different holes look best in different light – morning, evening or even afternoon if it catches too much shade in the early or late parts of the day.
The shot here is the 16th green at Tierra del Sol in Aruba, a Caribbean island in the Dutch Antilles, just off the coast of Venezuela. It involved a cab-ride in the dark to the course, arrival at 0550 hours, and a cart-ride in a dim glow past a battalion of highly functioning sprinklers. I guess it was worth it….
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