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Monday
Apr082013

Masters Monday This And That 

It's Monday of the Masters and there isn't much you need to know: the course is firm, the fairways lush, the practice round patrons were having a blast and the forecast for Thursday and Friday a bit dicey.

Flora and fauna wise, there is more color than last year but it's also not a full-azalea bloom year. CBS is already piping in the bird sounds. ;)

Consumerwise, some new hats in the merchandise tent stood out for their retro flavor, (think Trevino or Amana). If there was any doubt about the state of our economy, they are not evident in the merchandise tent here.

The 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan played nine holes with Ben Crenshaw, showed off his impressive English skills in a packed press room gathering after, then went back out to play with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. (Bill Fields' take on Guan at GolfDigest.com).

A few photos from Monday before my Canon S100 decided to call it a career. 

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Love the Masters 1934 cap. Probably because it would go well with a face that looks like it was there.
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
RIP Canon S100. It's final work proves a fitting epitaph
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Hawdon
"The fairway grains were mowed towards the tee with care, in hopes that the mud balls soon would be there"
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill
Trees look a little thin...rough winter down thar in Augusta Geoff?

Perhaps they will install a bio-dome over the property for next year to ensure proper foliage growth.
Wasn't The Truman Show staged in the same-ish area IIRC?
04.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Canon S100 is a great camera, it really crapped out or the battery ?
Late spring all over the east coast. The winter wasn't terribly bad down there, but very cool temperatures through March. On a positive note, Tiger's allergies should not be a problem this year!

Thanks for the pictures Geoff!
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
Some great photos before the end came for the camera Geoff, thanks!
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Nice photos Geoff, the greens look particularly small or is it just the camera working it's magic?

DM
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDick Mahoon
Geoff - picture #4 of 12 tee. Are there mats on the tee? Some great photos. Thanks

jb
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim Beckner
Geoff, same question as Jim...mats? Between the teeing area, or covering?

RIP Canon, or change the battery, don't get a new car because your old one ran out of gas, ( I know a guy who overhauled his engine when it was out of gas, so...)

They used to heater the Azaleas when they were late- mine was VERY early and done. We jave already had a mid 90 day, but it got cooler thank you, Jesus.
Camera death caused by lens malfunction, apparently a problem with the camera.

12 tee is covered by netting to save for the tournament.
04.9.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
10-4 on the weather. Sure hope it cooperates. This year could be a barn burner.
A check just now and Friday is looking good. Thursday still not.
04.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
Geoff, already looking forward to your omnibus collection of articles. It makes the weeks of the Majors even better. Of course, Shack regulars, also looking forward to the witty exchanges.
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
With regard to 12, they put mesh down to protect the teeing areas for the tournament days. Also saw this on 16, and though I didn't see the tee boxes for 6 and 4, but I assume they were protected the same way.

Yesterday was my first time down there, and as everyone says, pictures and TV don't do justice to the scale of the hills. We set up behind 7 for a bit and the slope up to that green is unreal. Walking across in front of the 18th, the chute doesn't look as dramatically small as on TV, but I didn't get a look at it from the actual tee box. Every inch of the course, save for the pine straw, is overseeded and immaculate. A friend played ACC the day before, and remarked on how brown the non-fairway areas should or would be but for the overseeding. I wasn't blown away by the conditioning, but that's probably because I was prepared for it, and like most of you, I've played a number of courses with impeccable conditioning. It was nice to get a feel for how everything sets up spatially. I never really knew that six green sat just above the 16th, or that the 15th tee was so close to the 10th green. Neat to finally experience that in person.

The event, at least on first practice round day, is incredibly efficiently run. The main merchandise store was packed all day, but the concessions on course are run very smoothly (and inexpensive). The egg salad and pimento cheese sandwiches were as advertised. The beer is cheap and refreshing. Really a tremendous experience.
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeitz
tilt-shift filters get old quick. and damn, I love good tilt-shift.
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine
Mats? It's almost as if some of you have never once attended a professional event of any note. Mats, hahahahaha.
@pep :'tilt-shift filters get old quick. and damn, I love good tilt-shift.'

That's a strange way to thank the site host for posting some nice images, Pepperdine.
Quiz time! Do you know the real name for the optical effect at work? Pre mega depth of field and filters I mean? It dates from early view camera days, so think 1900 or so. It's named after its discoverer. :)
04.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
@dbh -

No REAL disrespect intended to Geoff at all ... just sort've poking the bear to see if we can get some alternate filters applied. :) Maybe a tilt-shift shot from the Crows Nest? ;)

As for the quiz ... damn, no, off the top of my head I'm not sure what the proper terminology would be for the effect. I mean, I know REAL tilt-shift requires a different lens ...
04.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine
Sorry for busting your chops and enjoy the tourney. :)

It's called the Scheimpflug principle.
Wiki, doing a half assed job as usual:
When the lens and image planes are parallel, the depth of field (DoF) extends between parallel planes on either side of the plane of focus.
04.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh

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