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Old 30-09-2008, 22:03   #1 (permalink)
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Golf Photography - Bunker Shot Tips?

Hi,

I'm playing golf on Friday and want to take the opportunity to try a shot I've always wanted to do but never had a chance. Before our 0834 tee off I want to persuade my playing partner to hit a few balls from the practice bunkers (god knows he needs the practice ) so I can take a few head on shots before we start.

I intend to use the 70-300 VR on my D80 as I figure the further I am away the better!

Focusing - as the majority of the body and head should be still, I'm thinking of using Single Focus using the head as the focal point, lock the exposure and focus, recompose, shoot. I've never really used Continual Auto Focus so am reluctant to try it when I will only get a few shots, unless you can convince me other wise

I'm trying to achieve the classic sand spray, head up, ball in shot type thing. Regarding camera settings would you use shutter priority aiming for something along the lines of 1/125 - 1/250?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
My best tip is to tell him to keep his head down!
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You want to get as close as you can to frame the player, aperture wide open to blur the background on aperture priority ( i would shoot on manual ) 1/125 -1/250 is way too slow you will need at least 1/800, you won't need continuous focus because he won't be moving position
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You want to get as close as you can to frame the player, aperture wide open to blur the background on aperture priority ( i would shoot on manual ) 1/125 -1/250 is way too slow you will need at least 1/800, you won't need continuous focus because he won't be moving position
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You want to get as close as you can to frame the player, aperture wide open to blur the background on aperture priority ( i would shoot on manual ) 1/125 -1/250 is way too slow you will need at least 1/800, you won't need continuous focus because he won't be moving position

Also set your shutter to Continuous Mode,that way you will get all the swing and the ball exit from the bunker and then you can choose your best shots afterwardsDon't get too close to the action or else your gear will get covered with sand
I hope this helps.
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Something on a similar line 1/800

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Also set your shutter to Continuous Mode,that way you will get all the swing and the ball exit from the bunker and then you can choose your best shots afterwardsDon't get too close to the action or else your gear will get covered with sand
I hope this helps.
Ah, good point thanks!
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Just as an aside - I have used exactly your setup for rugby shots (hoping to emulate PE). I have been a little disappointed - I think because using continuous focus mode you don't seem to get the crystal clear focus that you do in single focus mode. Look forward to seeing the best results!
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Just as an aside - I have used exactly your setup for rugby shots (hoping to emulate PE). I have been a little disappointed - I think because using continuous focus mode you don't seem to get the crystal clear focus that you do in single focus mode. Look forward to seeing the best results!
I warned him of my intentions today, so will post some shots hopefully Friday night.
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Just as an aside - I have used exactly your setup for rugby shots (hoping to emulate PE). I have been a little disappointed - I think because using continuous focus mode you don't seem to get the crystal clear focus that you do in single focus mode. Look forward to seeing the best results!
Remember PE is shooting with a Pro camera, which will have a lot faster & acurate focus than no Pro cameras. I found a fair difference moving from 40D to 1D MKII
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Take a blower brush to get the sand out of your camera
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Remember PE is shooting with a Pro camera, which will have a lot faster & acurate focus than no Pro cameras. I found a fair difference moving from 40D to 1D MKII
On that point Dave do you think your new camera will be better when it arrives?
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Well, managed to to take some. Unfortuntaley, a high ISO was required early on to get a decent shutter speed. What do you think?











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Great sequence of shots JAG. Would not worry about any noise with all that sand flying about

My favourites are #1 & #4
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Good shots for first attempt
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Well done Ian
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Great shots ... well done that man
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments and thanks for all the advice you gave. Using that advice certainly gave me a headstart and a much higher success rate than normal. Out of about 80 shots I probably got about 40 that I was happy with and about 20 that I was delighted about. Some of the shots with noise lended themselves to a little post processing in Lightroom, the results of which I was happy with also. Overall a successful exercise. Shot a round of 84 which further enhanced the day
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments and thanks for all the advice you gave. Using that advice certainly gave me a headstart and a much higher success rate than normal. Out of about 80 shots I probably got about 40 that I was happy with and about 20 that I was delighted about. Some of the shots with noise lended themselves to a little post processing in Lightroom, the results of which I was happy with also. Overall a successful exercise. Shot a round of 84 which further enhanced the day
Great stuff .Was 84 net or gross.?
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Well done Ian

Didn't know you could get backscatter on land

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Well done Ian

Didn't know you could get backscatter on land

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LOL! Nice one Ken! I've perfected the backscatter effect over the years and finally it's added something to the pictures
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