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Covering golf is never easy … long hours in the hot sun, a seemingly ever-changing group of leaders (especially on the first couple of rounds) who must be chased down and photographed, and fear that you’ll release the camera shutter at exactly the wrong time. These are just a few reasons. But photographing golf is also very rewarding. For starters, it’s hard to find a sport with cleaner backgrounds. And the fans … who doesn’t love drunken folks who scream “get in the hole!!!” every chance they get. That does become annoying, but I do love having such direct access to the fans. The only thing separating fans from photographers, and the golfers for that matter, is a thin rope that stretches along the entirety of each course. Continue reading

Photos of the Year 2013

Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (27) blocks a shot by Indian Pacers' Tyler Hansbrough at Philips Arena.

Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (27) blocks a shot by Indian Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough at Philips Arena.

I cannot believe that 2012 is over! It was wonderful to be a part of, witness, and capture so many cool things. I still have a long way to go in this profession for sure, but I believe I was able to make a couple of decent frames in the past 12 months. My goals for 2013 include trying to learn more from seasoned pros — you know, those folks who seem to produce stellar work on almost a daily basis.

Anyways, below is a selection of what I consider to be my best photos of 2012.

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