Christmas Eve, with some last minute shopping going on. The light was coming from beyond my right shoulder and reflecting off some shop windows to the left. I noticed peoples faces being thrown into sharp contrast as they walked across the pavement. I was working with a long lens at 250mm, and set things up for a good exposure on a face, letting other features drop into darkness.
1/400, f5.6, ISO160
Top of the close 1/100, f/1.8, ISO400
At the top of Fleshmarket Close, there’s a bit more sky to light the scene – but a well placed street light helps provide some focus.
The Halfway House, Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh. 1/60, f/3.2, ISO800
Back to some Edinburgh street photography yesterday, after a long break. There is someting gruesome about Fleshmarket close, and not just because of the Ian Rankin novel of the same name. While it’s right in the middle of Edinburgh’s tourist honeypot, it does come with some noteriety.
The close is named after the meat market that existed here, when it was a close that led down to a slaughterhouse on Nor’Loch. The loch is long since drained and is not Waverely Railway station and Princes Street Garden’s.
It’s a good place to get some subject lighting, from the lights around the pub.
Sitting on top of it’s grassy knoll, close to the Brothick Burn, St Vigeans Church has always been for me the epitome of a red sandstone building.
In this image, I’ve combined two exposures – 1/100 & 1/400, f/10, ISO160. At 1/100 the sky was white and at 1/400 the building was looking like dark shadow.
Someday I’d like to be there towards sunset on a clear day. The church tower faces west and the hue of the sandstone looks amazing against a darkening blue sky.
I saw this little guy “out for a walk” on Sunday. In fact on Sunday I saw three dogs in bags. There must have been something in the air. 1/250, f/3.5, ISO400
Stockbridge on a sunny Sunday has a great atmosphere. This Sunday had the first day of spring feel to it. Stockbridge Market takes place in the Jubille Gardens, with some fabulous food, streetfood and crafts. One of my favourite Coffee Shops (Steampunk, from North Berwick) are there with their VeeDub Campervan.
1/125, f/5.0, ISO400
The final portal installment takes us full circle back to Potterow Port. I’ve combined three images to indicate a journey into a portal. Did the gentleman safely go through, or is he frozen on the event horizon, to be turned to ash? One for the physicists and Star Trek fans!
Three images combined in Photoshop. All 1/200, f5.6, ISO4000.
The next Edinburgh Portal – looking up towards St. Giles Catherdal.
I often feel a little guilty when people apologise for “getting in the way”, when actually I feel like thanking them for being there!
1/125, f/7.1, ISO10000
It’s not often I use colour in steet photography, but that stained glass window!…….so here it is.
After publishing yesterdays blog, I realised that I had quite a lot of portals yesterday. I’ll publish them over the next few days. This one is part way down Advocates Close, and provides a framing opportunity and some nice lighting.
1/60, f/3.5, ISO800
I’ve always thought there should be an album cover with a picture of a band hanging around Potterow Port. Maybe there is and I’m just plagiarising! Anyway – this guy was playing the bongos. Amusingly he stopped anytime someone walked through, so I presume he was there for the acoustics.
1/160, f4.0, ISO3200