10 year Anniversary Golf Day – 13th Beach

13th Beach recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary.  Golf Images was commissioned to take photos of the golf participants on the day.  These are a selection of the photos, but are not all of them.  If you would like to see all of the photos or get a copy of one of the photos, please contact 13th Beach on (03) 5254 2922. It was a great afternoon, funny the differences between how men and women react to the camera.  The men in general were pretty laid back and didn’t seem to be at all worried, but the women, that was another story.  I met most of the ladies as they were completing their round on the 18th hole on the Creek Course. They were playing the hole back into the wind and were in general a bit worn out. As I approached groups playing the hole I heard such comments as.  “I hope this wally doesn’t think he’s going to be taking any photos of me.”  To which I replied “Which one of you ladies just called me a wally?” A very honest lady said it was me and put her hand up, I replied, “Well your up first then.” To which all she could do was laugh. Despite being blamed for every bad shot and missed putt, the women were fantastic and could really have a good laugh at themselves. There was a general consensus though, I should’ve been taking the photos on the first tee, when their hair and make-up were still in place.    ...

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Clifton Springs Golf Club photoshoot

Heading across to Clifton Springs Golf Club I was taking a bit of a punt, we had just had a huge storm go through, soon after the storm had past the sun breaks through and the clouds opened up, so I thought, should I take the risk.  I jumped in the car for the 45 minute trip and as I arrived at Clifton Springs another storm with plenty of clouds appeared. I thought my luck had run out, but I waited about 15 minutes and was rewarded with the sun reappearing.  This type of weather can be frustrating but can also be extremely rewarding. The sky can offer some really interesting cloud formations and with the sun out and a storm as a back drop can offer some extremely vibrant light. Sometimes photos in this environment can be construed as false or fake because the lighting is so extreme.  I missed the best light on a few of these photos by a matter of minutes but I will be back, the new 6th hole is a beauty with some wonderful photo opportunities awaiting. Here is a selection of the photos I captured on Friday evening 18.11.2011....

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I’ve become a mo-bro for Movember

Long time watcher, first time participator and for good reason too. My ability to grow whiskers is lacking in some vital areas, I am aware of these man hair deficiencies and I am willing to attack them head on. Here is my mo synopsis. Lacking Areas: Above the top lip, I have managed to grow some wispy blond whiskers with a touch of ranga, not a great start. To the left and right of my lips I need to add some seeds and fertiliser, not a lot of action in these areas. Showing some signs of potential: My chin area has been showing some real ability, in fact I’d go so far as to say if I could lower my lips and nose down to where my chin currently sits I could grow a serious mo. Some of you might be wondering why I used a black and white photo, well I have to confess, by using the B&W photo I was able to adjust the tone and contrast to get my mo to stand out a little more, yes I am that pathetic. Donations Given I’ve had to swallow my manly pride and suffer the indignity of so called friends asking me if I have starting growing it yet. I do believe this entitles me to bigger donations, this is my reasoning. Any man that has the ability to grow man hair can create all manner of mo-mentous facial creations. But it takes a really creative person to turn a wispy selection of blond, orange, brownish whiskers into an assembled collection of bristles to make a moustache. I’m offering you the front seat to my mo-show to see how I pull this mo-raculous achievement off. Stay tuned… To donate please visit my mospace page and click on the “Donate to Me” below the photo of me....

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13th Beach Creek Course photoshoot

On a mission, ladder in one hand and camera in the other I headed straight to the 15th and 12th holes on the Creek course at 13th Beach.  I needed a decent photo of the holes for the hole in one picture frames the lucky members receive after they hole out for one. I had taken photos of these holes before but the lighting wasn’t quite right and I really needed a ladder , an extra four metres of height would change the angle of the shot for the better. This evening the lighting was better, and the ladder gave me a better view of the hole. There was just enough wind to make using the ladder interesting, when you are standing on the second top rung (not recommended in the users manual) wind can knock you off balance pretty easily. I’ve had many people of the years tell me golf was boring, I can only imagine how boring they would think photographing golf courses would be, add a ladder on a windy day, boring no more. Here are the results of this fruitful...

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GMA Conference Closing Golf Day 2011 Video

As a part of the GMA (Golf Management Australia) Conference in 2011, Golf Images as a sponsor was able to participate in the closing golf day event.  The event was held at Commonwealth Golf Club.  Given my current back injury I was unable to play so I invited two guests to enjoy the day.  I still went along with camera in tow and took some photos of the course, but mostly I captured footage of the golfers.  This video is the end product, I had a little fun with some cheeky commentary.  I sent it out to a few golfer friends to get feedback before I unleashed on the world. General consensus was it was quite funny, my brother told me to not take up commentating for a living and my wife said I was way too harsh and it was unprofessional. For approval, I sent it to David Allen the Executive Officer from Golf Management Australia (GMA), telling him I had a bit of fun and he could use it where he felt fit, he replied with, “Thanks for this – looks great! I’ll put a link to it on our website.”  Well if that wasn’t a green light to get it out there what is.  So here it is…  oh I’ve also included a gallery of photos at the bottom of the blog, it wasn’t a great day for photography but a couple of them turned out...

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Barwon Heads Time Lapse

While I was at the GMA Conference in Melbourne a few weeks ago I spoke to the David Clifford the General Manager of Barwon Heads Golf Club, he mentioned they were going to be doing some work on the 16th green at the club as a part of their masterplan developments.  I blurted out can you let me know when I would like to capture a timelapse of the event. David sent me an email the following week with the course Super Intendant Adam Lamb’s details, I rang Adam to let him know I was coming along and found out there would be a 6.30am starting time, joy!  I don’t mind the mornings, once I’m out of bed and especially when the sun is out or the promise of a gorgeous day is beckoning. This particular day was neither, cold, wet and very overcast, not great ingredients for a photoshoot. This timelapse represents the first five hours of work.  I took a photo every 10 seconds which add up to over 1200 photos. We had a couple of rain squalls during the filming, plenty of wind and some sun.  While it was raining I had to stand with an umbrella over myself and the camera and needed to clean the camera lense from spots of rain every couple of photos, glamorous I know. The work is still in progress with some bunkers being filled in and a new bunker being added, so I hope weather and time permitting I will be able to add some timelapses of these events as...

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Time Lapse Presentation

I’ve been collecting some of the timelapse videos I’ve completed, here is a short video which covers a few of these. The presentation contains a few sunrises and sunsets over Torquay and a sunset at 13th Beach Golf Links, a concreter doing some work at our house and a short grab from the GMA conference in Melbourne, where I had a stand. For those that may be interested in some facts here are some. The second timelapse in this video (sunrise over Torquay) was taken from 5.50am to 8.15am. The photos were taken every 10 seconds and the end product has over 800 photos played back at 50 photos per second....

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GMA National Conference 2011

Golf Images is a sponsor at the GMA National Conference held at the Crown Promenade from October 3 to 7, the conference hosts over 160 managers from over 130 golf clubs.  I’ve just arrived back after spending Tuesday and Wednesday manning my on-site exhibition stand.  It was a wonderful couple of days and nights that simply flew by. I had the good fortune to meet up with Golf Course Managers from all over Australia and New Zealand, the feedback on my work was overwhelmingly positive. On Tuesday night we had the opportunity to tour both the Yarra Yarra Golf Clubhouse, and Royal Melbourne Golf Clubhouse.  Both tours allowed unlimited access to really show the nerve centre of each of these wonderful clubs. Royal Melbourne gave us access to areas only privy to the lucky members.  The library was my favourite (sound like a book worm), the selection of golf related books is wonderful, although I did notice the 50 year anniversary book I designed for Latrobe Golf Club was missing, I’ll need to get Latrobe to rectify this.  Members are allowed to borrow any of the books to read, there were some very rare books in the collection, some were in fact under lock and key. As a part of the week long conference Golf Images offered a prize of a one of a kind illustration. The lucky winner was Bruce Mead from Royal Fremantle Golf Club, congratulations Bruce, I’m looked forward to creating a piece of art your members and guests can enjoy for generations to come. Last night (Wednesday) I joined the Victorian GMA contingent for a meal at one of the many Crown restaurants, they had a buffet that ranged from seafood all the way to a chocolate fountain, what a selection, not surprisingly the dinner lasted for hours.  I will be back in Melbourne tomorrow to photograph and walk around the course at Commonwealth Golf Club with the Managers and a couple of my guests.  Wish I was playing, but my back is still about 4 to 5 months away from being well enough to play golf. Here are some photos of my stand and a couple of photos I took of one of the speakers Allan...

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One of the best golf course photos I’ve ever taken

Two weeks ago I decided to head across to 13th Beach on a less than ideal day to take photos. As I was arriving Anthony Masters (General Manager) of 13th Beach and Ben Jarvis (Golf Operations Manager) were finishing up for the day. Both thought I was being a little optimistic expecting to get any good photos on such a bleak day. I agreed, but replied it was extreme days like these that patience play a key role and supposedly good things come to those who wait. To paint a picture, the wind was blowing hard, the clouds were thick and rain was threatening.  The clouds infact where moving so fast when the sun did show its face, it was only briefly.  This meant to get the photo I needed to be in the right spot at the right time, some might say there is a lot of luck involved, I disagree there is a bit of luck involved particularly when you a dealing with mother nature.  But the rest is all about planning and preparation.  In one particular spot on the course I sat for 45 minutes waiting for the clouds to break and the sun to shine, when it did it was worth the wait. On this particular day I decided to use a cart so I could move quickly around the course. I normally prefer to walk so I can take in more of the photographic opportunities, the slower I move the more I see. So after I captured the photo I waited 45 minutes for I decided to drive over to the 18th hole on the Beach course.  I thought a photo opportunity might open up and the angle of the light would be perfect.  As I was driving to hole it started to rain and because of the wind it was coming in sideways, I had nowhere to hide and either did my camera. I pulled in behind some bushes and tried my best to dry the camera before setting off again. Just as a reached the 18th hole the sun came out, I didn’t know how long it would stay so I moved quickly to find a spot to capture the hole. I was traveling from the green...

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A spectacular group of par 3 holes from 13th Beach, I take a closer look!

I’ve played 13th Beach so many times I’ve lost count, perhaps with time and familiarity I had begun to take some of the holes for granted.  In recent times I’ve had the opportunity to photograph many of these holes, and to be honest it was like falling in lust all over again. With my current back injury the past two years had past with me not playing any golf 13th Beach Golf Links. What I have noticed with my recent photography trips is just how gorgeous the par 3 holes are at 13th Beach, I’m talking about both courses to.  So I thought I would take the time to show you through these great par 3 holes except one, the third hole on the Creek Course.  Why have I not included this hole? simple really, I haven’t photographed it yet. But stayed tuned… Creek Course Sixth Hole A lovely hole of only 130 metres, framed but huge pine trees of which two were recently removed on the left hand side. A small bunker guards the front of the green, but check out the back bunker, what a work of art! The designer of the course Nick Faldo has predicted that the greenside bunker will rank amongst the world’s best. Creek Course Twelfth Hole This is a new hole on the creek course, which I have yet to have the privilege to play, the 12th.  This hole is reminiscent of the 16th hole at Augusta National, with water down the left right to the green’s edge. This hole replaced a long Par 3 about 220 metres from the back tees, this was previously the longest par 3 on either course. The new hole is much shorter and is a far more interesting hole that will punish any shot hit left.  I could only imagine how tough this hole would be during a sea breeze, which would push all shots towards the water.   Creek Course Fifteenth Hole At 189 metres this hole has a large water carry, the green is huge with two tiers. When the flag is down the bottom the slope behind offers a large back stop, the hole offers so much with 5 or 6 different tees the angles of approach changes...

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The weather comes to the party!

What a long winter is has been, reminds me of a long cold winter I endured while living in Ballarat. I was playing golf at Midlands Golf Club one Saturday, it was bitterly cold, it actually snowed on my way to the course.  When I arrived at 7.15am it was barely reaching the positive numbers on the temperature gauge. My love of this Saturday ritual meant at no stage did it occur to me to call it a day. While playing the round, through numerous hail storms I commented to one of my playing partners. “Is this what Ballarat winters are normally like?” The response has stuck with me to this day,”No, it normally drizzles more.” I’m glad to say we made it through the round and the temperature didn’t get above 6 degrees all day. What a contrast to the weather we experienced on the weekend, glorious.  Here are some photos I captured at 13th Beach on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday...

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13th Beach Photoshoot

The weather forecast promised so much the chance of a frost, morning fog and scattered cloud, great ingredients for golf course photography.  The alarm kicked in a 6.15am, I rose quickly and moved to the window to see if how accurate the forecast was.  The cloud was thick and formed a large band and rose at 90 degrees to the horizon right where the sunrise would emerge, not great signs.  But ever the optimist I decided to head to 13th Beach anyway. When I arrived the clouds started to burn off, but not enough to utilise the sunrise at its most potent. The sun finally shone through the fog very softly at 8.15pm, a little higher in the sky, but the light was filtered by light cloud. A period of 30 minutes offered the best light of the session, so I worked quickly to make the most of it.  The photos at the 9th hole and the 4th hole showed these results. Still, it was a worthwhile trip with photos that I am pretty pleased with. Here are the products of the mornings...

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