Donald Ford Images - Scotland's golf and landscape photographer

At last.....a decent sunrise!

Regular visitors to my website will not require any reminder that, from all the factors involved in capturing the best landscape or golf course photographs around Scotland, the quality of light is right at the top of the list. Since the middle of May, that element has been noticeably absent from the cloudy, wet and windy days which have permeated the "summer" of 2015. In other words ( subject to occasional flashes of early or late sunshine ), the weather and - consequently - the light has, simply, been appalling. The unusual relegation of the jetstream to a position some three hundred miles south of the UK has, apparently, been the main culprit. Not much that homo sapiens can do about that, then!

There has been the occasional window of opportunity, it has to be said, and one such allowed an early departure to the northern shores of Loch Leven, Fife, in the hope of catching reflections of the early rays of sunlight on Benarty ( the well-tramped hill above Lochore ) in the still waters which stretch out beneath it. Contrary to forecasts, the promised, clear dawn failed to materialise, though an acceptable substitute was captured as the sun dutifully climbed above cloud some forty five minutes later.

As with many previous adventures around Scotland, however, there was to be an unexpected bonus for this photographer about an hour and a half later. After heading down to capture the lower reaches of Burntisland Golf Club, as the beautifully presented parkland takes the golfer down the ninth hole towards the Firth of Forth, then seductively leads the eye over the water to Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, I found - by complete accident - a superb panorama from  behind the medal tee on the fifteenth. It required a full tripod and a tiptoe from yours truly, but the spectacular view across the rooftops of Burntisland, onwards past Aberdour Bay and - spectacularly - to the three Forth Bridges ( well, two and a half! ) some ten miles away, was just unmissable. Sadly, the resultant pics will soon be redundant, as the new bridge across the Forth is due to open in 2016. Nevertheless, after a sparse two months, it didn't half put a spring in the step of this ageing photographer as he headed back home!

 

 

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