Golden hour at Kilchurn Castle
A 04.45am start is all in day’s work for a landscape photographer. Unfortunately, I am not a landscape photographer and a 04.45am start was a painful experience to put it mildly. No sleep the night before, a ninety minute drive, sub-zero temperatures, and exhaustion the following afternoon meant my first experience of sunrise photography was a shock to the system to say the least.
Located at the north-western point of Loch Awe, Kilcurn Castle is the perfect focal point for a stunning landscape shot. I, and my travel companions from Glasgow Photography: Meet.Learn.Create group, were hoping for some gorgeous golden hour light, nice reflections on the loch, and a wee bit of mist here and there. Thankfully, we were richly rewarded for our ungodly early start.
Since this was my first experience of sunrise golden hour light I was surprised by just how quickly the light would change, the look of the landscape could change completely in a matter of minutes (the two images above were shot only 15 minutes apart). Light would change from oranges to pinks in the blink of an eye. Gorgeous stuff.
So would I put myself through the pain of a 04.45am start again? Absolutely, the tiredness and exhaustion was worth it for the opportunity to shoot in such amazing light.