Every week I try to tear myself away from the work I love to play golf. Twice usually. Last year I carried my D-90 with me when I played and took some exceptional photos of my course here at Crow Canyon Country Club. I live on the 2nd tee and it’s only a short walk to roll my cart down to the clubhouse and meet up with the 6-8 friends who play together every week. Twice usually, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Anyway, the photos from last year are so good that the marketing director at the club bought several of them to frame and hang in the locker room, display on the video monitors throughout the clubhouse, and use on brochures and internet newsletters. Oh, they also ordered a few dozen of my 2012 Golf Calendar to include in the welcome basket for new members. It was clear to me that I would like to specialize in golf course photography. I love the game and I make pretty amazing photos. People comment that the golf course has never looked like this to them… I know, they look “more real than life” in my photos, right? So if your golf club needs a photo upgrade, I travel.
Well that was last year and this year I haven’t taken nearly as many shots. It seems that the clouds in the sky just haven’t been as cooperative this year. Before walking over to the club to tee off, I always look at the sky and if it’s a cloudless blue, I just leave the D-90 at home. As a backup I still carry my iPhone and it’s terrific for quick shots when the light is good or a scene just falls into position.
I’m not sure of you knew that I am also a real estate broker in California. Although I sort of retired from that earlier in the year to concentrate on my photography. (Just recently renewed my license for another 4 years in case you want to buy or sell here in the country club). So to shorten this story, in my transitional period out of real estate, I had a house for sale here in Crow Canyon Country Club and I wanted some nice shots of the neighborhood to include with the MLS listing. At sunset I went out walking and found some exceptional light, even with a clear blue sky, and took a few really nice shots around the golf course. This one is a small memorial to several golf balls I managed to drown in this pond. Last week I put a Titleist Pro V1 into it almost exactly where the sun is reflecting in the water. It sure looks better in this shot than it did when my ball disappeared into it.