What happened when Mercedes-Benz organised for golfer Adam Scott and Getty Images photographer David Cannon to spend the day together exchanging photography and golf tips and tricks?
When asked by Mercedes-Benz, one of his main sponsors about his off course interests, apparently Adam Scott replied he was interested in photography and actually mentioned my name.
The Getty Images golf team do an awful lot of work for Mercedes-Benz at The Open Championship and the Masters and they asked if I would like to spend some time with Adam - talking about photography and said that he would give me a few tips about my swing. Naturally enough, it did not take much to agree and what a day I had!
I arrived at the private aviation terminal at Edinburgh Airport to meet Adam off his private plane and we drove to Tantallon Castle on the coast just south of north Berwick.
I was intrigued to see what camera would come out of Adam’s bag and I was a little nervous that he might be a ‘closet genius’ and have much more knowledge of the modern day cameras that do so many incredible things, but that we rarely use in our general sports photography!
I was surprised to see a four year old Canon G10 compact camera appear and at the same time relieved to see it was at least a Canon! Adam said he liked the camera so much because it fitted in his bag so it is always with him when he travels around the world.
The afternoon went so quickly suffice to say I showed him some tricks of the trade which you can see in the video. Adam loved playing with the Canon 1DX with the 500mm lens that I normally use for on course action.
We took some shots of the stunning Bass Rock about two miles off the coast that is home to thousands of sea birds that showed up clearly with the 500mm lens. The castle itself was also a really intriguing venue for exploring angles and different light options.
For me it was so nice to see a sportsman genuinely interested in what we do.
The sun was shining as I was driven along the coast in an open top Mercedes-Benz by the 2013 US Masters Champion – how does that sound!
Along the way we talked about cars and how he loves his Mercede-Benz deal that supplies him the pick of the range in every town he visits all over the world! I said, “How many people in the world wake up every single morning and cannot wait to go to work? Just me and you!”
Then after a brief walk on the beach taking a few more shots and exploring different light angles, we visited the Glen Golf Club that sits on the coast on the south side of north Berwick itself.
What a great hidden gem I found with really stunning views. I think Adam was slightly surprised as I hit the balls sailing off into the sea with quite a decent swing – I had to admit that in the 1970’s all I wanted to do was to be a professional golfer! I think he could see the little glimpses of my golf game lurking deep in my rusty old bones!
Since that day, we have kept in touch. Adam is a sports ‘nut’ just like me and loves the banter that the love of the game brings. I am hoping that in 2014 I will be able to give Adam another lesson with the new G1X camera from Canon that I managed to get for him. News from the ‘front’ is that the images are so much better!See more images
About David Cannon
David Cannon joined Allsport in March 1983 and has since been at Allsport /Getty Images for 30 years. In that time, he has covered 99 Men’s Major Golf Tournaments, including 33 Open Championships. In addition he has covered over 50 Women’s Majors, 15 Ryder Cups, 15 Walker Cups, all 12 Solheim Cup Matches and approximately 600 other golf tournaments around the globe.
David has published two major coffee table photographic books on golf courses in the past ten years and has worked as the principal photographer on golf instruction books with Severiano Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, David Leadbetter, and Ian Woosnam. David has also attended every World Cup Soccer Final since 1986, four Summer Olympics and two Winter Olympics. Aside from golf, David loves shooting football and rugby when he gets the chance.
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