Commack High School Boys Varsity Golf vs. Elwood/J. Glenn

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.

Have fun.

Commack High School Varsity Gymnastics vs. Kings Park

Commack High School Varsity Gymnastics vs. Kings Park

Commack/Northport Girls Varsity Swimming vs. Smithtown

Commack/Northport Girls Varsity Swimming vs. Smithtown