Lone Cypress “Steadfast”. Purchase This Image

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Capturing the Lone Cypress-
Two Perspectives

January 2024

For both of these images, the Lone Cypress along 17-Mile Drive invokes so many memories for people; players and non-golfers alike. Maybe they went there as a kid, or on their honeymoon on a family trip. People come from all over the world to see the Lone Cypress, which is as old as 250 years and, of course, is Pebble Beach’s trademark.

When shooting something as famed as the Lone Cypress, it’s an attempt, our objective, to personalize an image with which so many people are already familiar.

For “Steadfast,” we shot this in the winter of 2015, as the seasonal light, sun angle and cross-light comes more in-line with the tree; it’s probably also worth noting that, in 2018, the tree lost a left-side branch, so this particular image can never be captured again.

In December, there’s a small window of time, just a few weeks at most, when the setting sun will just fill-in the base of the tree; come summer, the angle of the sun is more at your back.

Getting to the base of the tree from this angle, you need to climb down a sheer rock face to get down there; and you can’t forget anything back in the car. You need to have all your gear totally prepared and organized for set-up. Yeah, this can be shot from the parking lot above, but to get really intimate with the image…we want the viewer to feel like they’re down there, standing next to us.

It’s a really nice perspective: We’re looking up at the tree—careful not to dwarf it. And the leading line of the photo, starting from rocks on the right, it kinda’ sweeps you in toward the tree, almost subconsciously.

With the longer exposure, there’s some real energy from the ocean happening here, which make the waves almost glossy. And that’s an important decision for a photographer—to not freeze those waves, but to almost massage the water, get a bit of that movement and pulse of the water around the base of the tree.

There’s a wonderful, pinkness from clouds from that evening, and with the 101 megapixel camera, there’s so much detail in the rocks, where you can almost see every little pebble.

For the “Pot of Gold” image of the Lone Cypress, this was taken from the same vantage as “Steadfast,” and shot in late March of ‘18. And it was so wet; just pouring rain—and then suddenly we got that double-rainbow behind the tree.

That’s a pot of gold there.

With the sun going north as its starting to set, there’s not quite as much sunlight on the base of the tree as you’ll see in “Steadfast,” which results in an opening-up of the shadowing in the foreground.

When getting this shot—with the camera and gear totally soaked—there was this little break in the clouds, so we put on a polarizing filter, and that’s when the rainbows came. That’s a situation where you’re really, really concentrating on your breath; this moment will only last for so long.

All of this is happening so fast, and it requires experience to get this shot; knowing exactly where you want to be, studying the cloud formations and understanding the timing and weather of the Monterrey Peninsula.

—Jeannine Henebry

 

 

The Henebrys’ photos featured in PGA West ad in Golfweek’s Ultimate Guide 2021

April 27, 2021

John & Jeannine’s photos featured in a 2-page PGA West ad in Golfweek’s Ultimate Guide 2021.

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Chasing The Light – John and Jeannine’s Images Featured in this New Zealand Golf Magazine.

April 2021 

John and Jeannine are featured in this 12 page interview. Along with some interseting information, some of thier most notable images form courses around the worls are featured.

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Lone Cypress “Pot of Gold”.  Purchase This Image

Lone Cypress “Pot of Gold”.  Purchase This Image

Capturing the Lone Cypress-
Two Perspectives

January 2024

For both of these images, the Lone Cypress along 17-Mile Drive invokes so many memories for people; players and non-golfers alike. Maybe they went there as a kid, or on their honeymoon on a family trip. People come from all over the world to see the Lone Cypress, which is as old as 250 years and, of course, is Pebble Beach’s trademark.

When shooting something as famed as the Lone Cypress, it’s an attempt, our objective, to personalize an image with which so many people are already familiar.

For “Steadfast,” we shot this in the winter of 2015, as the seasonal light, sun angle and cross-light comes more in-line with the tree; it’s probably also worth noting that, in 2018, the tree lost a left-side branch, so this particular image can never be captured again.

In December, there’s a small window of time, just a few weeks at most, when the setting sun will just fill-in the base of the tree; come summer, the angle of the sun is more at your back.

Getting to the base of the tree from this angle, you need to climb down a sheer rock face to get down there; and you can’t forget anything back in the car. You need to have all your gear totally prepared and organized for set-up. Yeah, this can be shot from the parking lot above, but to get really intimate with the image…we want the viewer to feel like they’re down there, standing next to us.

It’s a really nice perspective: We’re looking up at the tree—careful not to dwarf it. And the leading line of the photo, starting from rocks on the right, it kinda’ sweeps you in toward the tree, almost subconsciously.

With the longer exposure, there’s some real energy from the ocean happening here, which make the waves almost glossy. And that’s an important decision for a photographer—to not freeze those waves, but to almost massage the water, get a bit of that movement and pulse of the water around the base of the tree.

There’s a wonderful, pinkness from clouds from that evening, and with the 101 megapixel camera, there’s so much detail in the rocks, where you can almost see every little pebble.

For the “Pot of Gold” image of the Lone Cypress, this was taken from the same vantage as “Steadfast,” and shot in late March of ‘18. And it was so wet; just pouring rain—and then suddenly we got that double-rainbow behind the tree.

That’s a pot of gold there.

With the sun going north as its starting to set, there’s not quite as much sunlight on the base of the tree as you’ll see in “Steadfast,” which results in an opening-up of the shadowing in the foreground.

When getting this shot—with the camera and gear totally soaked—there was this little break in the clouds, so we put on a polarizing filter, and that’s when the rainbows came. That’s a situation where you’re really, really concentrating on your breath; this moment will only last for so long.

All of this is happening so fast, and it requires experience to get this shot; knowing exactly where you want to be, studying the cloud formations and understanding the timing and weather of the Monterrey Peninsula.

—Jeannine Henebry

 

The Henebrys’ photos featured in PGA West ad in Golfweek’s Ultimate Guide 2021

April 27, 2021

John & Jeannine’s photos featured in a 2-page PGA West ad in Golfweek’s Ultimate Guide 2021.

DOWNLOAD A PDF

 

Chasing The Light – John and Jeannine’s Images Featured in this New Zealand Golf Magazine.

April 2021 

John and Jeannine are featured in this 12 page interview. Along with some interseting information, some of thier most notable images form courses around the worls are featured.

DOWNLOAD AND READ