The Director's Cut
Christian Iooss, Golf Digest and Golf World's Director of Photography, picks his favorite staff images from this year's PGA Championship
August 14, 2012
Why I like it: The Ocean Course was a unique venue from a photography standpoint in that it presented a lot of clean, unobstructed backgrounds. This shot of Adam Scott on the 14th hole is an excellent example of that.
Why I like it: The big story on Saturday was the severe storm that halted play midway through the third round. As spectators scrambled to get out, Dom rushed out to capture the dramatic clouds over the 18th hole.
Why I like it: Photographers like to shoot early in the morning and late in the afternoon when the lighting is best. This shot of Martin Kaymer on 18 is an example of how low, late-afternoon sun can enhance a picture.
Why I like it: The Ocean Course is ranked as America's Toughest Course by Golf Digest for a reason. It put the best players in the world, like Kyle Stanley here, in predicaments the average golfer can relate to.
Why I like it: This is another instance in which the unique setting of the Ocean Course lent itself to an interesting picture. Charles Laberge took this picture of Gary Woodland teeing off on 18 from the second story of a 17th hole hospitality suite.
Why I like it: A good photographer will recognize an interesting perspective. Charles took this photo of Rickie Fowler by lying down in the tall grass and shooting up at the tee. I like how the angle of Fowler's iron is parallel to one of the reeds.
Why I like it: Another element that made the Ocean Course different was the prevalence of sandy areas, where players could ground their club, and where spectators and photographers could stand.
Why I like it: This is the type of picture you're used to seeing at a British Open and not in the U.S. By shooting from an elevated, pulled back perspective, Dom was able to capture not only Rory McIlroy on the 17th tee, but the building excitement around a player who was two holes away from his second major title.
Why I like it: Sunday morning was an early start thanks to Saturday's storms, but it allowed for some great early-morning light. The lines of this shot -- Tiger at the top of his swing, the lip of one bunker, and a second off in the distance -- make for an intriguing image.
Why I like it: Dark clouds and great light are a photographer's best friend because of the contrast it creates. J.D. was able to take advantage of the rapidly-changing conditions to get this shot of Adam Scott on the 10th tee before play was halted Saturday.
Why I like it: Not even Rory was completely immune to the danger the Ocean Course presented. The fact that the grass and the reeds are leaning in one direction and McIlroy is trying to go the other amplified his challenge.
Why I like it: It's difficult to depict wind in a still image, but this shot of Carl Pettersson succeeds in capturing the rough conditions on Friday.
Why I like it: This is what you hope for, a shot of the winner celebrating on the 72nd hole, with a large gallery cheering the moment. To get there, Dom set up a remote camera from the player bridge on 18 Sunday morning, and with a little luck, McIlroy sunk a 20-footer for birdie to cap off a memorable week.