Johan Schmidt Photography | Wee Tap - Golf Course Photography

Wee Tap - Golf Course Photography

August 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Photographing golf courses is like most landsacpe photography - planning, planning & planning. I arranged with the manager the day before for a golf cart, pins & flags, arrived before sunrise and synchronised my shoot with the groundkeeping staff's early morning course activities in the clubhouse before going out.

"Wee Tap" the par 3 16th, measuring 'only' 138m from the back, is one of the few holes from Australian golf courses listed in Jeff Barr's book "1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die". In the afternoon, when the Fremantle Doctor blows (the prevailing SSW wind), this hole is much more than a 'wee tap' - a very shallow, elevated green modelled after the "Postage Stamp" at Troon, with 3 deep and penalising pot bunkers waiting for any misshit shot.

Below are my two favourite images from the shoot - I think for a large print (36x24 or larger 😊), the first image would be most striking as only the green being lit by the first rays of the sun focusses your eye to the green, after which the eye can wander to see the contours and slopes on the surrounding fairways, dark ominous bush, the 16th tee on the right towards the sun and the proximity to the Indian Ocean on the left, in the rest of the frame.

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As the green is larger in the second image, it would probably be more suited in a smaller format such as social media or on the golf club's score card.

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