I have been shooting for Boyne Golf for a number of years and have just completed my 4th trip to Northern Michigan where they own and operate 10 courses. However, last year they asked me to shoot Sugarloaf Golf Club which is a course they own and operate in the mountains of Maine.
I’d always been interested in going to Sugarloaf, especially in the fall to capture the foliage. Upon arriving early last October, I was awestruck by the beauty of this place. The entire course is carved out of the woods at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain so as you make your way around you are surrounded by a sea of colors and the mountain views. However, the piece de resistance is the view from the downhill par-3 11th tee which overlooks the valley and distant mountains as you can see from the photo below.
I spent four days shooting Sugarloaf Golf Club last October and every morning my first stop was to go to the 11th tee and take in the view and capture some images of the amazing scene. The 11th is part of a stretch known as the String of Pearls, which is a six-hole sequence that runs alongside the Carrabassett River.
I’ve photographed close to 600 golf courses worldwide in my life, and Sugarloaf in the fall ranks as one of the most spectacular spots I’ve ever been to.
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Evan Schiller has been involved with golf in one way or another since he was 5 years old, which is when he began playing. Before he became a professional photographer he played tournament golf as both an amateur and professional up until his early thirties. Always with a keen interest in photography, his journey as a professional photographer started on a fairway at PGA WEST in La Quinta, California. It was there while walking down a fairway in the early morning and admiring the beauty surrounding him that he decided he needed to begin bringing a camera with him. Although still as a hobby, he began taking photographs on almost every trip thereafter he made to play a tournament.
Several years later while working at Westchester Country Club as an assistant professional one of his colleagues suggested he sell his photos in the pro shop…which he did. And, the rest, as they say, is history.
25 years later he’s photographed over 600 championship golf courses worldwide. During that time he’s captured images of some of the most recognized courses around the world, including Pebble Beach Golf Links, Augusta National Golf Club, The Old Course at St. Andrews, Royal County Down in Ireland and most recently at Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links.
Armed with a Hasselblad H6D-50 (one of the most advanced medium format cameras on the market today), he makes creative use of technology that includes ladders, lifts, and helicopters to capture some of his most iconic images. He also incorporates drone photography into his practice to find those unique aerial shots that showcase the artful design of a hole and its connection to a broader landscape, always with the intention of bringing a fresh perspective to every project.