Shooting golf with manual focus ZEISS lenses?
For a long time, Alessandro loved to shoot sports photos. This spring he switched to ZEISS lenses. Here’s a little experience report.
By Alessandro Belluscio
For this photo shoot, I had to shoot in a different environment: no cold temperature, no snow, no mountains. Our goal was to shoot some photos for the communication of the Italian Golf Open. I had the pleasure to working with two professional golf athletes. Our setting was the Milan Golf Club. The athletes were available only for a couple of hours in the middle of the day, so the light was very hard. This means strong contrast and hard shadows. This could have been a set up for a difficult session: Just a couple of hours of time available, vertical light, super warm temperature, and lots of humidity.
As the time was limited, I had to “run” a lot. I therefore chose a “simple” light set up, ZEISS Otus 1.4/55, ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 and ZEISS Milvus 2/35. With the client we decided to shoot on the first and last hole, to show the beginning and end of the tournament. As the light was not simple, I decided to shoot with my ZEISS lenses plus a flash and a light panel, to fill the hard shadow. The ZEISS lenses gives you more light to the pictures, more good details in the shadows, and incredible sharpness. The manual focus makes you able to control the depth of field during the whole process. The focus control is fluid, and the out of focus runs pretty well in the image.
My selection of ZEISS lenses allowed me to capture the most information possible with the sensor of my camera. This makes me able to decide later, in post production, where to focus lights and shadows. Usually people say “for sport, you need to shoot with a fast camera and auto focus lenses”. Sorry, but I have to say this is not real. ZEISS Otus and Milvus are perfect to shoot sport as well. I have to say “Thank you ZEISS! In that tricky conditions it was not simple to bring home good photos, and you made it possible!”
Alessandro Belluscio is an outdoor action and sports photographer. He’s an Engadin, Switzerland based photographer, but shoots and travels all around the world. His career as a professional photographer, started while shooting freeski and snowboard with friends and athletes, usually with DSLR cameras.