Golf photography in freeze-frames
I learned once that you should fish cod only in months with an ‘r’ in them. Starting in May and ending in August, cod is just not of acceptable quality. I have since been convinced that golf course photography is an activity that is limited by the ‘inverse cod rule’. Take a picture in the wrong month and you’re bound to produce inferior images. Much to my surprise, the inverse cod thesis is now being debunked.
Advantages of winter golf photography do exist. There are the long sunrises and sunsets, as the sun is low on the horizon in general. If you’re at a club with resources to keep the course in prime shape despite the onset of winter, you might get some beautiful shots. A beckoning sunlit green can contrast well with the curves of the fairways and winter shadows.
Cold sets in, shutters stay open
The photograph above is of Le Golf National (parcours Albatros) in Guyancourt outside Paris, and it was taken on December 29. The winter trees add a graphically stark, clean look to the photos.
There is something about the clouds, the sharp lines of the branches, the winter light on the edge of the bunker that communicates silence. It is a serene landscape, quietly waiting for warmer days.