Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities. Although the Georgian New town is lovely it is really the Old town that I like (They are both UNESCO world heritage sites). The only problem is, in the summer, the tourists and, all year-round, the weather. It is nice sometimes in Edinburgh (I know this must be true because I've seen pictures) but it always seems to be grey and overcast when we are there: No matter what time of year!
Victoria Street which leads (kind of) from the High Street down to the Grass Market is one of the most picturesque parts of the city. This HDR shot of it gives an idea of the colour and interest that all of the independent shops give. It's a real shame that these only now seem to cater to the richer tourist rather than have quirky stuff the average local may want to buy (which it used to, at least that's how I remember it).
The old town seems to be full of dark little alley ways and closes and appears to be a real hotchpotch of chimneys, spires and roofs (had to check the plural and apparently rooves, which I prefer, is so unusual to not be considered standard!) on the skyline. J.K. Rowling lived in Edinburgh and, I think, one can clearly see some of the descriptions of places like Diagon Alley and some of the homes of dark witches and wizards in her books in Edinburgh's Old Town.
As pretty much everyone knows, Edinburgh used to be known as Auld Reekie, because of the smoke and soot from all the chimneys. This is the look I've been trying for in these black and white shots of it. That, plus the dull weather puts pay to colourful shots of buskers on the mile or anything for that matter.
This is the view looking back up Victoria St towards where the first picture was taken. Rather than street level this is taken from the pathway that runs above the shop fronts and in front of what was presumably the merchants' houses above.
Below is from the same place but swiveling through 90 degrees towards the Grass Market that runs along the bottom of Victoria St (on the left).
As I said above the Old Town is full of alleyways and steps. I was looking to get this couple huddling from the rain on the steps but they were sat too far up the steps for that proper 'Black and White Athena poster' look that I was going for (on the right).
These were taken from the Grass Market looking up towards St Giles' cathedral and the High Street. There's two different edits of the shot as I can't decide which one I prefer. The dark and grim black and white versus the brown and white Victorian photography style????
To finish-up my mini-black and white tour of Edinburgh is the Scott monument on the other side of the castle.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.