Fall Shooting in China
Fall Shooting Features a Photo Trip to China!
It’s very unusual for an American photographer to be invited to China to shoot golf courses, so my two week trip to shoot Yinhong No. 6, near Beijing and Yishan Golf Club, in Wuhan, was not only a rarity, but also a bit of an honor. The Chinese people could not have been nicer. I found them to be incredibly warm and welcoming, and if I’d had a better time, my head would have exploded. In fact, before I left Yishan Golf Club, the entire staff adopted me as part of the Yishan family, and I can’t wait to visit them again. It was a great adventure, and it looks like it was not a one-up, but rather only the beginning of my relationship with golf in China. Now, about those golf courses…
Yinhong No. 6, Yintai Hongeye Golf Club, Near Beijing
Yinhong No. 6 was a great way to begin the trip. I had an interpreter a few hours each day, and the menus in the club’s restaurant had pictures! Yay! I could eat! And the food was very good. I stayed in a “VIP Room” in the clubhouse because, when possible, I like to stay on property when I photograph a golf course. I shoot at oddball times… pre-dawn, middle of the night, etc… so being able to simply walk outside and get to work suits me. On multiple occasions, the general manager offered to put me up at a 5-star hotel just 15 minutes away, but though small, the accommodations in the clubhouse were fine, and the entire staff made me feel very welcome. The skies when I arrived were what one would expect in Beijing… awful. And they improved only slightly the second day. But the third night I was there, the winds blew and cleared the air, giving me a great day for shooting. You can see some of my favorite images HERE. Then the haze returned, and it was time to head to Wuhan.
Yishan Golf Club, Wuhan, Hubei Province
Keywords: beijing, china golf, dave sansom, golf, golf course photographer, golf course photography, rick robbins, sunrise, wuhan, yinhong no. 6, yishan golf club
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