LIFESTYLE & TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: ARCADIA BLUFFS GOLF CLUB
This post features Arcadia Bluffs, one of the premier public links-style golf courses in the United States, rated the #3 course in the state of Michigan, #13 public course in the United States and ranked #68 of all courses, public and private, in the US.
Fine Art Prints from this series are available in the Arcadia Bluffs Collection here.
Every photographer experiences a time of struggle, when the creative mojo disappears.
When my mojo went south, I went north. To recharge my creative batteries in beautiful northern Michigan. Spending some quality time with friends and family was long overdue. After intense periods of work, with relentless deadlines, endless editing and demanding clients, time away from camera, computer and clients was sorely needed. But how to get those creative juices flowing again?
The solution? To the links, young man! I recpatured my mojo during a round of golf on one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses I have ever set foot upon.
A place called Arcadia Bluffs.
“Golf Digest selected Arcadia Bluffs as one of the 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the United States in 2005. The course was ranked #10 in America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses list and #56 in the 100 Greatest Golf Courses list. In addition to the Golf Digest ranking, Golfweek magazine ranked Arcadia Bluffs at #24 in their listing of The 100 Best Courses in United States.”
I am convinced that in the heart of every amateur golfer lies a belief, however fantastic, that one day, in one place, all those hours, days and weeks spent in toil on the practice tee and fairways will coalesce into a near perfect round.
On this day, in that place, for a few brief moments, that happened to me. At a place called Arcadia Bluffs.
Arcadia Bluffs is a links course, in the style of the early, and legendary, Irish and Scottish courses. Carved into the bluffs on the shores of Lake Michigan, it is at once awe inspiring and intimidating. At its highest point, the links are more than one hundred feet above Lake Michigan. The views from the elevated tee boxes are simply stunning. To play this course well is a true challenge for the average golfer. But add the pull of amazing vistas and a layout second to none and this becomes much more than a simple round of golf.
But I digress. On to the images of Arcadia Bluffs and that sublime late summer day once uopn a time.
About the water color. Lake Michigan is blue like no blue I have ever seen.
That blue is real. I kid you not. I captured all images using the Neutral setting on my Nikon DSLR, as I do for all images I capture. For you Nikon shooters that’s a setting below standard. By below, I mean less saturated than the standard settings. Nikon’s Standard setting ramps up the colors far too much for my liking. The colors in the Standard setting seem unnatural and over saturated to me, with too much pop. Almost cartoon like. So, I choose the Neutral setting and add color and saturation as needed, in post productiion. I actually had to ramp down (decrease) the colors in many of these shots, because they were so strong and powerful that they seemed supernatural.
About that Lake Michigan blue…a local resident started to explain why the lake was so blue, but he lost me at kelp.