2015 Ledgestone Insurance Open

I had the pleasure of working for the PDGA for the 2015 Ledgestone Insurance Open, presented by Discraft, that took place in Peoria, Illinois, and the vicinity. There were a total of 694 competitors competing in the event that had the largest payout in disc golf history totaling $125,000. But the most important check of all was $20,000 that was donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You can find out more about the event by visiting the PDGA website. Click the SmashboxxTV link to view the live broadcast, and Jomez Productions has a rendered video production you can view by clicking here. DG Mike will also post a podcast that you can view on his YouTube site as well.

Competitors from around the world came to the event to have their chance of receiving the Ledgestone Insurance Open title. On Friday I headed out to Sunset Hills to watch the Female Pro Open (“FPO”) division play. Sunset Hills was a temporary disc golf course on a ball golf course. It was very picturesque with a challenging design consisting of out-of-bounds bunkers, water hazards and elevation changes.

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Valarie Jenkins

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Caddy Book

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Madison Walker

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Sarah Hokom

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Paige Pierce

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Ragna Bygde

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Jessica Weese

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For Sunday’s round I photographed the Men’s Pro Open (“MPO”) division at Lake Eureka in Eureka, Illinois. The Eureka course was a very challenging temporary course designed by tournament director, Nate Heinold, which drew in thousands of spectators during the finals.

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Nikko Locastro

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SmashboxxTV

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Cale Leiviska

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Zach Melton

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Paul McBeth

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Cale Leiviska

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Simon Lizotte

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Paul McBeth

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Paul McBeth

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John E. McCray

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Cameron Colglazier + Jomez Productions

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Dana Vicich and Terry Miller (SmashboxxTV)

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Nate Doss

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Simon Lizotte – MPO Champion

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Terry (“The Disc Golf Guy“) Miller for SmashboxxTV and Simon Lizotte

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Catrina Allen – FPO Champion

Visit the PDGA website for full tournament coverage.

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Brenziner Method

Over the course of this summer I have tried practicing different photography techniques and the one that stuck out the most was the Brenziner Method (or panorama). Here’s how it’s done: I set up my camera (Canon 7D) on a tripod with a fixed 50mm lens at f/1.2. I then focused on one part of the image that would be the sharpest, in this case it was the basket. I then proceeded to take multiple photographs (approximately 20 total) and combined them in Photoshop using a panoramic stitch. The effect comes out looking like the image was taken using a medium format camera. The only problem I encountered with this was because I used so many pictures to make this one it took a long time for Photoshop to stitch this together. Next time around I will not take as many pictures, keeping it at 4-8 total. It also took a lot of practice to get this right, it is easy to get inconsistent images (as far as some brighter and some darker images) which you can try to fix on camera while your shooting and also post-process.

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