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Tiger at the Pin

As I continue to go through my shots from the US Open practice round, came across this one of Tiger at the pin. He was testing the greens on 15 ~ rolling some balls to see how the greens broke. After putting a few, he would take out a little notebook and write some notes (maybe writing his favorite RUSH lyrics???).

As I write this, he stands at +2 over par in the Open.. hoping he can turn it on between rain drops and ugly skies to make a comeback, although I am enjoying the amateurs who are really making a go of it at Bethpage.

Tiger at the PinIn finishing this image, I really wanted to make the colors ‘pop’, almost over the top without going into the land of HDR (High Dynamic Range). Loved the black and white striped red flag with US OPEN draping to the ground~ compositionally, thought that would be a strong anchor to have Tiger against. The crowd was blurred nicely (shooting at f4-4.8 with the 1.7x extender on my 70-200mm f2.8) which put Tiger into sharp focus in the foreground.

Ran Topaz Adjust on the image SOOC (Straight-Out-Of-Camera) and lowered the opacity, again, to not make the image go to ‘color’ crazy… liked the result. Enjoy!

Bethpage 15th Hole Painted by Topaz Simplify

There are a number of “paint” programs that will convert a photograph into a painting before your eyes. I’ve used Corel’s painter 4 and now Topaz’s Simplify filter in Photoshop.

The original image was actually full of people on the left hand side of the frame. Thanks to the clone stamp tool and about 30 minutes of time, they were removed (plus an extraneous guy on the right side… and his bag).

After the removal of the peeps, I was going to just ‘pop’ the photo a little bit using a contrast filter, or curves adjustment in CS3. Thought I might try something a little different though… so I selected Topaz Simplify filter and ran the image through it. After chugging a few moments, this was the result.

The 15th Hole, Bethpage Black This was actually one of my last snaps of the morning. The foursome had just teed off and was walking toward the pin at the top left middle of the frame. My eye followed them up the fairway through the traps to that waiting pin in the middle.

…Was wondering what those golfers were thinking walking from the tee-box onto the fairway…

Curious also to know what you think of the “painterly” effect. Worth it? Not worth it? Weigh in with a comment, always interested in the feedback.


OH… P.S. here is the original SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) shot:

Original SOOC 15th

Not to be Outdone… Sergio Garcia

So followed Tiger for 3 holes, and figured I had enough shots to go through, took some “environmental shots” as well, working on finishing those up this week.

Was working my way back to the cab stand when the police and volunteers close the crossing to us mere mortals. Look to my left and there is Sergio Garcia finishing a round and heading my way. Always liked Sergio, so figured I’d hang around and see what developed…

I like the shot of him teeing off, I’ll have to check the hole he was on, but got the full swing, from start to finish, all 9 frames per second of it (the D3 just rocks in Continuous High). Remember this is shot at 1/500 of a second, that ball in the upper right is MOVIN‘… as are the chunks of dirt and grass he unleashed during his swing.

The second image I thought was a nice portrait, especially like the “Sergio Garcia” blazing on his golf bag… just in case you didn’t know who he is 🙂 Enjoy!

Sergio Teeing OffSergio

Tiger on Bethpage’s 18

So the Tiger shots posted yesterday had a great response today on Facebook~ I think there is a huge market in Golf Photography! So I thought I would continue where I left off, and post another Tiger shot.

This photo compositionally speaking I really like- out of the frame are thousands of people lining the fairway and the grandstand in the distance… and yet there Tiger walks, alone, dwarfed by the Green, the rough and the sandtrap ahead of him.  Like Michael Jordan, you don’t need to see his face, you know its him. I think this shot evokes the essence of Golf, its not a game played against others, rather it’s a game played against yourself and the elements that make up the course.

Tiger StrideIn the digital darkroom I actually did a number of things to this image.

A) Had to crop it down a bit from the original, Tiger wasn’t actually alone in the out-of-camera shot, so got rid of the guy walking with him through a simple crop. Also used my, of late favorite Photoshop tool- the clone stamp- to get rid of the lower part of the grandstand, I felt the solid wall with the USGA logo was more formidable than the cutoff people sitting in their seats.

B) Used a couple of filters with specific purposes starting with NIK’s Viveza to boost the saturation of the greens, also used it to darken the rough, and lighten the sand-trap, all with the intent of making the photo “pop” abit more, and draw your eye through the frame to Tiger.

C) Brushed on some Glamour Glow (a NIK favorite of mine) – it tends to give a little dreaminess to photos, and I thought the course could use a little dreaminess to it :-). Of course dropped a Darken/lighten center right on Tiger’s back and darkened the border around him.

That’s about it…. let me know what you think. Enjoy!