Landscape photography at Loch Awe and 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.

Landscape photography Kilchurn Castle Blue Hour

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.