Just Another Day of Disc Golf Observin’:
I took these photographs the other day while my husband and his friend Josh were playing a round of disc golf at Wills Park in Alpharetta, Georgia. My husband is a big disc golfer and plays in tournaments and such… in case you were wondering why I always post about the sport. 🙂 There are two different sets of photographs included below… photographs of my husband and Josh playing the sport and photographs of trees. This course was beautiful and, because of the amazingly large and gorgeous trees, I found myself taking more shots of trees than disc golf. I did, however, manage to snag a few action shots that I thought were worthy of posting. I edited these in Lightroom again and found myself playing around with light and shadows in each composition. I am a high contrast fanatic, as those of you who have read my previous posts probably know already, so I tried to emphasize and dramatize the lighting so that the forms would look richer and more dramatic; while also trying to pull out and enhance the intensity of the sport… From first hand experience, if you bring up the subject of disc golf around the average person, who has never seen the sport played by advanced or professional players, it soon becomes inspiration for comedic material. In other words, people laugh at the sport. I used to be one of those people. But I changed my attitude and outlook once I experienced a PDGA sanctioned tournament. Yep. You heard me right. There is such a thing as PDGA. I love this sport, though, and hope that through these photographs and other posts on the sport, I will open peoples mind to the sport. I want my photographs to demonstrate the incredible skills needed to be considered “good.”
Here is where one set ends and another begins… And now, for my photographs of disc golfin’ trees. I love accompanying my husband on these disc golf excursions because it opens my eyes to nature and how we are truly all connected to everything. I hope you know what I mean and, if you don’t, I hope these photographs will help you at least see what I mean. I chose to render these in black and white because, as I have said in previous posts, I find black and white to create incredible contrast, while evoking a sense of nostalgia at the same time. I want them to glow vividly. I have definitely been influenced by the photographers I emulated for a college photography project and so, I turned to Sally Mann and Man Ray for inspiration in these compositions. But I wanted some of them to be darker, more mystical, and others to be filled with light (with tiny dabbles of darkness). Trees have got to be wise. They have been on the earth for a LONG ass time. Most people don’t take them time to observe them closely, either. I think we take our trees for granted these days. Ya can’t breathe without healthy trees ya know?! Anyways, the terrain was definitely sandy on this course and I wanted to emphasize that point by adding a hint of grainy-ness to their appearance. Wood and sand, both, are grainy after all. And these trees (and disc golf course) were also located on the banks of a creek. The holes basically followed the creek for the majority of the course. Included below are close ups of tree bark, which I hope the eye will be mesmerized by and, therefore, be forced to stare at all the emphasized lines and crevices. Bark is thick stuff and I love how it is shed. It is the skin of a tree. Flesh just like our flesh… although a different material. But, it still possesses similarities to human flesh. A tree is alive and continuously growing. Even some of the fallen trees were still continuing to to thrive (although from a new perspective… the horizontal view point.
I hope you enjoy these photographs and please feel free to leave any comments. I love feedback! Peace, love until my next post, dear friends.