Golf flag photographs for all they’re worth
If you’re not mesmerized by the sight of a flapping golf flag in a gentle breeze, you cannot really be much of a golfer. This is based on what we learned in Psychology 101. Pavlov’s dog salivated when he heard a bell that alerted him that food was coming. Similarly, when bona fide golfers see a flag, a Pavlovian response will ensue. We know our addiction will soon get its fix. Within a few minutes (hopefully) we will hear the sound of ultimate gratification: the ball dropping in the hole.
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Therefore, golf course photographs that show a flag will always generate interest from people who love golf, and from people who love golf course photography. The flag is the goal, it is what we are constantly seeking. I once played a course before it had officially opened, and there were no pins and no holes on the green. I have never played a more frustrating and pointless round of golf in my life!
I digress. Back to the golf photography aspect of the flag. It is of the utmost importance to treat the flagstick with care in the photo. Seldom is a golf flag in the center of the composition. Still, the eye is drawn to it – and whichever way it is drawn, you must put it a place where the eye wants to rest. Walk around the green and always notice what is directly behind the flag. Make sure that it has a fairly even background that contrasts with the color of the flag. Make it stand out! This is how you can improve your golf pictures.
In this photo from the 15th hole at Buenavista in Tenerife, I stood close with the lens at the widest (16mm) so I could get those luscious clouds all fluffy in the background, and even the waves rolling up against the black volcanic rock. I was happy with this shot.
See here for more on golf course photographs with beautiful clouds.