After the successful night golf event at the Bentham Golf Club I was pleased to receive a phone call from Mark of "The Night Golf Company" advising me of another night golf event being held fairly close to home. Needless to say after having had a taste for taking photographs of golfers playing in the pitch dark I was keen for another go to try out further ideas developed from the previous event.
This time it was the Heysham Golf Club holding the night round and I was pleased to be accompanied out on the course with good friend Julian Tomasso, suitably armed with his 36 mega pixel Nikon D800.
We arrived at the course just after dark and met up with Mark and Paul from "The Night Golf Company". We set up initially on the first tee as the players were driving off then progressed around the course for some changes of viewpoint. As usual, there was the plenty of good humoured banter and laughter coming from out of the darkness, not to mention the odd expletive or two!!
Conditions at Heysham were a little different to Bentham. Firstly is was a little warmer and cloudier, secondly and more significant photographically speaking, it was somewhat lighter. Being closer to a larger urban centre meant more street lighting which, by virtue of the cloud cover, made the sky very much brighter than that experienced in rural Bentham. This made photographing more challenging as exposing the image for too long left the sky looking almost white instead of black. It needed a bit of trickery with a piece of black card to balance the light between ground and sky.
It was great having another photographer to bounce ideas off as well as being able to compare the performance between Julian's Nikon and my Canon. As big of a Canon fan as I am, the Nikon performed better noise wise and was also less susceptible to flare from bright lights. (Curses!)
All told it was another successful night and again much fun was had by all, golfers and photographers alike.
Thanks to Julian for letting me post his photographs here also.
Enjoy the images.