Sunday, May 01, 2005

On Assignment: Franklin, Tennessee

"Prammanasudh Wins" by Wes Aldridge

After four days of disgusting weather, the sun finally came out and it was time to shoot the LPGA Tour Franklin American Mortgage Championship. I followed the leaders around trying to get the shot I wanted. It was pretty ruff at times, trying to walk through the swarming crowds of people to get to the places I needed to shoot from. But overall, it was a good time and really the first time I have shot a golf assignment. The winner of the tournament was Stacy Prammanasudh, pictured above.

Timing and having a long enough lens were the issues with shooting this event today. I would have given my first born to have had a 500mm f/4.0 like the photogs from The Tennessean were carrying around. I had to settle with my 70-200mm lens with the 1.4x teleconverter snapped on. I still got some cool shots, but my short lens was extremely limiting to the shots I was able to pull off. Oh well, such is life.

Now that this assignment is done, its time to catch a plane in less than two hours to Raleigh, North Carolina, for my shoot this week in Rocky Mount. The life of a traveling photographer... gotta love it.