TRAVEL & FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY: ARCADIA BLUFFS GOLF CLUB
This post features Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course, one of the premier public links-style golf courses in the United States. Rated the #3 course in Michigan, the #13 public course in the United States and the #68 course (public or private) in the country, Arcadia Bluffs is one awesome track.
Every photographer experiences a time of struggle, when their creative mojo disappears.
When mine went south, I went north, to Michigan. Spending quality time with friends and family was long overdue. After a long, intense period 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?
Go north, young man. To the links in a place called Arcadia and a golf course like no other I had ever played. I rediscovered my love for photography 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.”
To the course.
‘I am convinced that in the heart of every amateur golfer lies a belief, however fantastic, that one day, in some unexpected place, all those hours, days and weeks spent in toil on the practice tees 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 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 breath taking vistas, and a dramatic course design, and this becomes much more than simply a round of golf.
Now, to images of Arcadia Bluffs and that sublime late summer day, once upon a time.
About the water color.
Lake Michigan is blue like no blue I have ever seen.
That blue you see in these images is real. Almost too real. I captured these images using the Neutral color setting on my Nikon DSLR pro body. You Nikon shooters will know that Neutral is the setting below the standard or ‘normal’ setting. SOOTC, Nikon’s Standard setting ramps up the colors far too much for my liking, so I choose Neutral as my starting point, then add color and saturation as needed. I actually had to ramp down (reduce) the color intensity in many of these shots, even at Neutral, because they were so strong that they seemed supernatural.