Shooting PGA Golf is so much different from other sports, for one there are no helmets like football or motor sports, so that’s good, but almost always hats which means shaded eyes, so that’s bad.
When a player is standing there on the tee or the green they have no pads or protection and are separated from thousands of fans by only a small rope-line, well that and maybe a dedicated caddy but little else so for the most part the player’s personality can show through if they let their guard down just a tiny bit.
Getting a feel for a world-class golfer and celebrity’s personality is a good thing and can endure a player to his fans. It seems some of these guys are really down-to-earth nice guys, while others might be just a bit full or themselves. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which ones are the nice ones.
Because of the lighting conditions this shot of Phil Mickelson from 4th round action almost seemed like a graphic, with the exposure causing the sky to go all-white and Phil wearing a white shirt everything just sort of merges together.
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Here is a nice shot of Angel Cabrera on 18 where his personality and frustration comes out. I think it’s cool when player shows some emotion and lets everyone know that they are human just like the rest of us. The only difference between these pro’s and the general public is the fact that they get paid a ton of money to play golf and most of the general public has to pay other people a ton of money to let them play golf, other than that they are just like you and me.
OK, I’m sure Rickie Fowler in nothing like you or me, I mean really how seriously can you take a kid dressed like a pumpkin. Thing is, Rickie makes a ton of money and has tons of very attractive female fans, so I guess he can dress any way he pleases as long as he can put the ball in the hole.
A couple of things happened during the first round of the Phoenix Open that made me think Rory Sabbatini took himself way too seriously, but it turns out he won the big prize at the Honda Open and I guess that is all that matters.
Mark Wilson didn’t really show much emotion during the entire tournament and even after the final winning putt I heard one of the other photographers say “come on, show some emotion” the dude just won 1.5 million dollars and didn’t even crack a smile.
I really wanted to get some good shots of Phil Mickelson because he is a local favorite and everybody loves him around here, but the opportunities just didn’t materialize for those “winning expression” shots like I had hoped.
In a lot of cases I wanted to show more of the background and surroundings to give the images a “context” but most times there were cluttered backgrounds and distracting elements that I just didn’t want to include.
I asked one of the media folks for a golf ball with a logo on it and it was like asking someone to part the red sea. I had to go to the pro-shop and wait for one of the guys to call the other shop to get some nice ones from the other location and then I had to purchase the ball for $3.50 plus tax. I sure hope someone purchases a license to use this image or I’m out the $4 bucks.
I would think the title sponsor Waste Management would be happy that I got this shot of Tommy “two glove” Gainey in fourth round action making his tee shot with the giant Waste Management logo behind him.
There were a few names that I recognized from the pairings sheets like Freddy “Boom Boom” Couples shown here on the second green during the start of the third round.
There are few things more iconic than the famous 16th hole at the TPC. Here is a shot of the Met-Life blimp over the famous 16th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Stadium golf course in Scottsdale Arizona.
Unless you have actually been to the Phoenix Open and experienced the 16th hole it is very hard to imagine the vibe and electricity in the air at this iconic location.
Players come through this tunnel in the grandstands that surround the entire hole and it’s a bit like walking into a gladiator arena, all the screaming fans and towering grandstands, it can be a bit overwhelming.
The 16 is not a large/long hole, but because of the conditions and the way everything looks it can overwhelm players. In this image Daniel Summerhays hits a shot from the tee on the 16th hole during the continuation of the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Stadium golf course in Scottsdale Arizona.
You can see the player, the ball and the flag/pin in this image (most of the time the caddy would tell me I couldn’t be behind the player, but this time with Aaron Baddeley I was able to get a good establishing shot.
Same player, a couple of frames later and you can’t see the ball anymore because he is off to the right of the pin with his shot.
I thought the McDowell Mountains in the background made for a nice image of Rickie Fowler on the green.
Rickie Fowler is such a rock star that you just can’t help but to following him around the course and keep clicking away with images of him.
A quick check of the leader-board and you see that you need to be following around Mark Wilson and the other top-seeded players.
Sometimes you can get a two-for-one, like this shot of Chris Couch with Phil Mickelson in the background.