The road in the photograph is the Mound which leads from Princes Street up to High Street AKA The Royal Mile. I thought that the Christmas lights on the trees made a great looking photo although the reflections on the road and pavement weren’t quite as I had hoped. The white and red light trails were caused by a car coming towards me along the road.
Opposite the prestigious department store Jenners is this Ferris Wheel in Princes Gardens. As this photo is taken at night you can’t see the Scott Monument behind the wheel, but I wanted to capture the interesting light display as it moved slowly around. Obviously this is a nice long exposure of five seconds, which makes the wheel appear as if it is whizzing round at a great speed. I think the blue of the Christmas lights on the left side of the image work well in contrast to the sharp lines of light. This was taken with the camera on a tripod at a very acute angle in order for me to frame the wheel and tree as I wished.
The Dugald Stewart Monument is situated on top of Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh city centre and the above photo represents one of my best attempts at the “painting with light” technique. Let me explain, this image was a 30 second exposure time. Obviously to keep sharpness the camera was on a heavy tripod. Whilst the shutter was open capturing the light, I used a hand held flash gun to fire light into the monument at various different angles. Half a dozen full power bursts gave an even and dare I say natural-ish looking light on the subject. The blue sky is a bonus, resulting from the prolonged exposure time.
A couple of nights ago I ventured up to my favourite area for photography in Edinburgh, Calton Hill. The above photograph was taken from the bottom of Nelson’s Monument looking down Princes Street. This is one of the major roads through the city centre, with the gardens and castle to the left and the majority of the shopping to the right as we look down the road from this angle. The tower with clock is part of the Balmoral Hotel and you can see the wheel behind.