Commack High School Girls Varsity Golf vs. Smithtown West
Caught the Commack girls golf team in a match with Smithtown West at Sunken Meadow's Green course. Another win for Commack. They're having a great season.
Golf is a great sport to photograph for many reasons, not the least of which is that you rarely get a bad background. Unlike field sports where your background is filled with trash cans, fences, houses, people in bright red shirts, and athletes and officials on adjacent fields, with golf your background is mainly trees and grass. Even the wooden fences look great.
There are, however, a few things to watch our for. First, the light is usually very contrasty, especially if it's sunny. The backgrounds are usually dark and if your golfer is in the sunlight you need to be careful of overexposing. Sometimes you need to dial in as much as two stops negative exposure compensation. Doing this also means you need to boost the shadows in post-processing.
Second, if your golfer is in the shade you'll not only need to warm up the white balance but probably need to add some magenta tint to compensate for all the green light reflecting off the grass.
The third thing to watch out for is, well, golf balls. After photographing each golfer driving off the first tee I try to position myself in a location where two or more fairways intersect. Thanks to a tip from the coach I positioned myself on the path adjacent to holes 3, 4 and 5. This allowed me to get iron shots on 3, puts on the 4th green and tee shots off 5, all without having to move more than a few feet. In a situation like this, however, you really need to watch for errant golf balls which are coming towards you from all angles. I try to locate myself near a nice wide tree, which I keep at my back.
Thanks to the friendly staff at Sunken Meadow Golf Course for letting me tag along with the golf team to take these photos.
That's it for this post. Next up, baseball senior day.