Sam Osborne and caddie walk up the 7th fairway as the sun sets behind the trees during the first round of the U.S. Open on June 14, 2012 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Osborne, the world’s 1,457th-ranked golfer, qualified for the US Open by winning a qualifier local tournament. (Donald Miralle for GolfWorld/Golf Digest)
Shooting Specs: Nikon D4, 80mm lens, ISO 200, F6.3, 1/1000 sec.
“It was close to 8pm at the first round of the 2012 US Open at the Olympic Club and the end of a very long day which is always the case for the 1st round of a golf major. The day had started before the sun rose and was ending as the sun set after we had walked 36 holes of the course. Most of the big names had finished up the afternoon round, and many of the fans and photographers had left the course. I got a text from my editor to hurry up as the bus was leaving for the hotel, but I said go on ahead without me as the light was just too good. The last group of golfers was walking toward the clubhouse on the 7th fairway, and the light was just screaming down the fairway. My assistant Brandon Magnus and I had been working the hole for about an hour waiting for the light to get just right, and as the last group which included US Open Qualifier Sam Osborne walked up the fairway, the light had got just perfect streaming through the trees. Since it was the final group, we were able to walk out on the pedestrian crossing which is usually closed in between playing groups, and get a vantage point directly behind the golfers which we couldn’t get for the earlier groups. As Sam and his caddie walked up, they both put their hands over their eyes to shade the light so they could see where their approach landed and I clicked the shot. I immediately knew I had got the shot of the day, and felt good turning off the cameras and running back for the media bus.”
(This is the 1st installment of a new blog series aptly called “Photo of the Day” which will showcase a recently shot photo, the details and specs how it was shot)