As I have admitted before I am addicted to photography and will go almost anywhere and pay whatever it takes to get interesting, preferably unique, images.
Living in Inverness there has been publicity for some time about the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Golf Championship and because today it was not raining I decided to go and get some great pictures of internationally celebrated Golfers. I thought this being Summertime play would go on until late evening. Wrong. Last tee off was said to be 2 30 pm. so the play would be over by 5pm.
I drove the 10 miles to Castle Stuart Golf Course arriving at 3 30pm
I paid a concession rate of £25 to enter, then £5 for a programme. Knowing there was only one and half hours of play left I quickly made my way to the final fairway.
I said to a Marshall I should get some good pictures from here thinking of using my 70 - 300mm Nikor lens.
He astonished me by saying no cameras allowed or mobile phones.
I could understand the need to switch off a phone but to ban taking a picture from 100 yards is unbelievable to me.
The programme is full of pictures taken by someone.
I quickly returned to the ticket office and explained I was here for photography not for any other reason and after discussion my ticket money was returned [ full £25]. I kept the programme.
Recently the BBC announced that Golf Clubs all over the UK were finding it difficult to recruit new young members and the financial picture is dire.
Not allowing pictures of Golf matches will not be helping that situation. My 20 mile round trip was wasted....... but maybe someone will read this blog and change the rule about cameras to something approaching common sense .
Recently I had better luck at Tain Gala 30 th June 2012 capturing several shots already on Dreamstime.
Then on the 7th July 2012 at Brodie Castle there was an historic and colorful re-enactment by the Highland Battle Group. I attach those images of Medieval times below.
They all appeal to me but that of King Robert the Bruce stands out as almost authentic !
Has anybody else gone to watch golf and been unable to take out a camera for pictures of the play?