I'm using GSHHG data to create land masks. Rasterizing the original polygons with GDAL_rasterize (via Python) is very quick. However, when I convert the polygons to lines and rasterize that, the process is much slower: seconds for the polygons vs minutes for lines.
Is there a particular reason for this e.g. some optimization I'm missing?
(in case you're wondering why I'm rasterizing the lines, it's to get a raster showing only cells with coastline in them)