Archive for June, 2013

US Women’s Open – Saturday’s Round

Posted in Golf, IK Kim, Inbee Park, Sabonack Golf Club, Sports Photography, US Women's Open with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2013 by bobshank

I followed Inbee Park, I.K. Kim, and Ewart Shadoff during their round of golf on Saturday at the U.S. Women’s Open at Sabonack Country Club. It was an up and down day for the players, as the wind was whipping at times. The course played tough and bogeys abounded aplenty. Park had 3 bogeys, but she also had 4 birdies, to score 1-under par for her round. This places her in the lead at 10-under going into the final round on Sunday.

Here are some of my favorite photos I captured during this exciting round:

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PGA US Open 2013

Posted in Golf, Merion Golf Club, PGA, Sports Photography, US Open with tags , , , , on June 15, 2013 by bobshank

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I had the opportunity to attend Wednesday’s practice round of the PGA US Open and I captured some exciting action during the day. It was a lot of fun to be with these big hitters of the Tour. Merion Golf Course is not long but it is not easy either. Just look at that sand trap!

PGA U.S. Open Practice Round

The golfers were out on the course checking yardages and conditions. The dirt was flying as divots were created. It was a day of sizing up the complicated course and fine-tuning one’s game in preparation for the opening round that began the next day.

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These athletes are strong: just look at the bend in this club as the force generated from the swing impacts the golf ball.

PGA U.S. Open Practice Round

Merion Golf Course is not only a demanding course; it is beautiful as well. The history and beauty of the course brought the US Open to Pennsylvania this year. It is one of the four major events on the Tour and it looks to be a very exciting and entertaining weekend!

PGA U.S. Open Practice Round

Ernie Els hit this shot in the late afternoon. The background shows one of the many sand traps that are strategically located throughout the course. Greens are protected by these bunkers, some water, and rough, which is tall and thick. Staying in the fairways is imperative!

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Enroute from the second green to the third tee, Matt Kuchar flips a ball to himself.

I captured many more photographs at the US Open. They can be viewed here:
http://www.bobshankphotography.com/Gallery%20Photos/PGA%20US%20Open%202013/

He’s Out!

Posted in Birches, East Stroudsburg, Legion Baseball, Sports Photography on June 2, 2013 by bobshank

Legion Baseball: Birches @ East Stroudsburg

Today’s Legion baseball game featured the Birches at East Stroudsburg. The game was played on the East Stroudsburg University field. East Stroudsburg won 7-2. There was a great photo I captured at first base where a base runner was sliding headfirst back to the bag. The dust is flying, the first baseman is applying the tag, and the runner’s hand is just about to touch the bag. I think it is a really cool shot. What do you think?

This was the second Legion game I photographed in the new season. Now that the high school season is over, these games are in full swing. I posted all the photos from these past two games on my website and you can view all the photos of the games here: http://bobshankphotography.com/Legion%202013.html

There is something special about the challenge of capturing the action at a baseball game. The action is quick and sometimes elusive. You always have to be ready for anything! Planning ahead, figuring out which base the ball might be thrown to, and staying constantly alert are key elements for sports photography. I am getting better and building a stronger portfolio these days. I just need to keep my head in the game and keep trying harder and harder!