My Fave Photos: Fred Vuich
Sports Illustrated photographer Fred Vuich shares his favorite images from the 2007 season.
"With the Pacific Ocean in the background, it's tough to take a bad picture. This is Vijay Singh hitting to the 18th green at Kapalua during the Mercedes-Benz Championship. I've been taking photos from this perspective at Kapalua for years, and in the old days you could get the players' feet and the golf ball in the image because they were 30 yards closer to the camera."
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"A sea of faces followed the flight of Tiger's tee shot at the second hole at East Lake in Atlanta during the Tour Championship. Since I shoot digitally, I can see a sequence of shots on the back of my camera after the action stops. It's funny see all the heads turn in unison from frame to frame."
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"During this year's PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, I planned to hang a remote camera at the 18th hole, but changed my mind and shot wide from the 10th tee box. I was quite pleased with this photo until I noticed the frame included the clapping hands of the fan who was next to me. The editors back in New York were quite pleased, however, with his hands, which perfectly framed the scoreboard."
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"Woods hit his tee shot on the ninth hole at Firestone Golf Club into the rough on the 10th. He tried to hit his second shot (shown here) over the tree, but he pulled it left of the ninth green and then chipped it over the green. Of course, since he's Tiger, he chipped in for a routine par."
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"I love this scene behind the players at the 17th at Carnoustie. There was great light on Harrington as he played, and the fans in the background helped make this photo especially interesting."
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"Rather than shooting a tight shot, I wanted to convey a sense of place with this photo of Sergio Garcia during his playoff with Padraig Harrington in the British Open at Carnoustie. The hill guarding the front of the first green provided a perfect spot for shooting."
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"Pittsburgh's favorite player, Jim Furyk, blasted out of Oakmont's Church Pews between the third and fourth fairways."
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"NBC Sports generously allowed me to hang a remote camera on their tower above the Church Pews at Oakmont during the U.S. Open. Nick Francalancia, my assistant, triggered the camera with a radio remote whenever someone went into the bunker."
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"Another shot from the Pittsburgh series. Not everyone in the area went to the U.S. Open, but nearly everyone was interested. During lunch at Pier 19, a bar and grill in Bridgewater, Pa., all the TVs were tuned to golf."
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"I'm a Pittsburgh resident, so when the U.S. Open was at Oakmont I went to several Pittsburgh-area landmarks to see what kind of impression the tournament was making on the town. In this shot, Tiger Woods's image appeared on the big screen as the Pirates took batting practice."
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"On Sunday at the Memorial, K.J. Choi arrived at the 17th hole nursing a lead. He hit his second shot over the green but got this downhill pitch to stop about 10 feet from the hole. He made the putt to save par and went on to win."
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"Great backgrounds and a great field make Jack Nicklaus's Memorial Tournament one of the most popular stops on Tour for golf photographers. I created this shot of Woods on the fifth green using a fisheye lens."
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"At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's golf fitness lab, this man had his swing turned into a 3-D model so computers and scientists would be able to study it. They use ping-pong-ball-sized sensors to gather data, but I wanted to keep the area dark, and the sensors would not show up well with a camera-mounted flash. Instead, I put tiny strobe lights on him, and they went off as I snapped the shutter. Pretty cool.
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"A slow shutter speed made it look like the head of Scott Verplank's driver had snapped off in this shot from the Byron Nelson Championship."
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"As the sun set in Miami, Tiger Woods won the WGC-CA Championship at Doral. I mounted a camera on a scoreboard and remotely triggered the shutter. When it was time to take this camera down, I discovered that my assistant, Chuck Cicero, had a fear of heights."
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"Michelle Wie had a terrible year, but she still draws a crowd. The gallery at the Sony Open included a crew of construction workers."
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"A lot of people stopped paying attention to golf after the Tour Championship and the Presidents Cup, but the Tour still had a few picturesque courses to visit. Here, Mike Weir played the 16th hole at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale during the Frys.com Open."
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