Friday, June 17, 2011

Shooting a round of golf

No inspiring, educational posts today. I finished this crazy week by shooting a round of golf. I don't play golf myself, mind you -- I photograph others doing it. Today was the Cross Pointe Innovations charity golf tournament to raise money for P.R.O.M., an organization which provides a senior prom for special needs high school kids who otherwise wouldn't attend a traditional, school-sponsored event. The full gallery has been posted on Prairie Rim Images' commercial site, but I'll give you a little taste of the event below.

Most serious golfers have the reputation for being very particular about the environment in which they play.  Heaven forbid you should make any noise while they're swinging lest their stroke be imperfect.  The great thing about the Cross Pointe tournament is that they attract some of the most easy going golfers I've ever met.  They have lots of fun, and don't mind at all if I sit right in front of the tee, fire my flash, and rip off 8 frames per second during their stroke.  I mean, how often do you get to use a 10mm lens to photograph golfers?

The last two years, we've also been blessed by beautiful, threatening storm clouds that haven't managed to drop any rain.  They provided a wonderful backdrop for photos.  The down side of that, of course, is that the quality and quantity of light is all over the board, so consistency is difficult from one shot to the next.

The entire event is a joy to be a part of.  If you're in the neighborhood of Omaha (Bellevue), Nebraska, you should definitely take part next year.

This would be the first of two charity golf tournaments that I would photograph in as many months. Read about the 2011 Tiny Hands / Brenden Stai Golf Classic here.

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