Photographing the Campbell Camels on Day Two of the NCAA Regionals in West Lafayette
Yesterday I spent my morning back at Kampen Course photographing the Campbell Camels. I could only shoot during the morning so I only shot for one team. Kampen is a beautiful course, and I had a great morning roaming the back nine making images. The Camels played well as I saw them go through where I was. It will be interesting to see how far they can climb up the leaderboard today.
More of the Details
I have been trying to make a big effort to try and get more details in. I am only with the players for a couple of holes each, but I still can get some of the details as they setup. The Campbell logo on the ball and on the shoes is a fun way to do this. A camel on each of the players bag is another fun way to get a new look in your gallery. The problem with golf is that everything is so small and I only have a 400mm lens. I try to not get in the way of the action so I have had some fun coming up with ways to get in close without getting in the way.
Making It Look Easy
I have not golfed in years. A bad back and my competitive nature ended my golf career as I was always playing hurt. Watching these athletes golf the last couple of days made me want to go out and try it. I kept thinking about it as I shot today. Why couldn’t I go out and do this? Then I had a thought that was probably pretty true. Watching these guys is a lot like watching the World Series of Poker on TV. It looks easy until you actually go out and do it. I would probably just be disappointed. I really do enjoy photographing this sport though. I think that I am just finding out what kind of golf photos I like. Having three straight days to experiment really helps.
Easy on the Shutter Count
Golf is a sport that is very easy on the shutter count. I don’t make nearly as many photos as I think that I do. I will hammer down on the shutter on contact for a couple of frames, but the amount of times that I do that are not too many. I looked at my take during the baseball game I shot last night after golf, and saw that I was already at my count for the entire golf outing in the fourth inning. Baseball has a lot of swings and misses though. It is nice to have a quick upload to the computer after an event.
Going For a Walk
On my ‘light’ day of shooting I still managed to walk a little over five miles yesterday. That is at least what my Health app on the iPhone told me. It was a fun walk though with some great golfers. Today I have three teams teeing off at three different times. I am sure that I will be way above five miles at the end of the day today.