Sunrise in Scotland

By: purgatorygolf on May 30th, 2013

Sunrise over Craigielaw golf course

Some of the Purgatory staff members are in Scotland right now for a junior golf tournament.

As a landscape photographer, Scotland poses some challenges. Good landscape photography is only take at sunrise and sunset. It was still light here last night at 9:45 p.m., then when I woke up at 4:15 a.m. it was light again. Yikes! I scrambled to grab my camera gear (which I should have prepared last night) and ran out the door. Luckily I made it out before the sun came up.

That 30 to 45 minutes around sunrise, goes so quickly. You want clouds because they make the sky more dramatic, but every time the sun ducks behind one, you lose that magnificent light.

In this image of the sun rising over Craigielaw golf course, I like the contrast of the highlights created by the sunshine hitting the putting green, and the shadows behind the rolls. This contrast creates the movement in the green for your eye.

In the distance you can see the north sea.

By the way, just because you can get out the fire door at 4:20 a.m., does not mean you can get back in that door at 5:00 a.m. Luckily there was a night watchman that was kind enough to let me back in the hotel. That would have made for a long morning 😉

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