Commack High School Boys Varsity Golf vs. Elwood/J. Glenn
Beautiful late-afternoon light for the Commack team's win over Elwood/Glenn in this match. Definitely guilty of over-shooting when it comes to light like this but it's hard to restrain myself. At one point the light was so warm I had to use the white balance to cool it off a bit. The match ended just before the sun set, which was perfect timing.
I've said before that it's hard to take a bad photo on a golf course. The scenery is beautiful and it's one of the few times you almost always have a great background. One thing you do have to keep in mind is that the background is darker than it looks, especially when your subject is standing in the sunlight. A lot of these images were taken with an exposure compensation of a full negative stop to prevent overexposing the golfers, and that's even with using center-weighted metering.
Unlike many sports, one thing you don't need for golf is a super-fast shutter speed. Except for their arms and the club, the golfers bodies are fairly motionless so you can get away with speeds under 1/1000 sec. I shot most of these at 1/800 and 1/640. That keeps the golfers bodies sharp but adds a little motion blur to their arms and club, which I like.
One last tip is to shoot through the swing. The golfer's head will be down looking at the ball so you won't get a clear shot of their face until the ball is well away from them and they look up to see where it went.