Internet Access in Edinburgh

Internet Access in Edinburgh

Do not be afraid because I can confirm, they do have internet access and it isn’t just in this “DVD Centre but it’s in loads of places (just like at home). Joking aside I was walking back from Leith down Leith Walk towards Edinburgh city centre were I was staying. Unfortunately I noticed this shop out of the corner of my eye and thought about it, a couple of minutes later I turned around and walked back to get this picture. This photograph wasn’t taken in the most desirable area of Edinburgh but I couldn’t notice some funny graffiti like this and not take its picture. Before you comment that it says Afaid, the R is on the side of the wall which we can’t see from this angle. Unfortunately it would have meant crossing the road and too much of the street furniture in the way. Clearly if you are reading this, you are not afraid of the internet access, well done and thanks for reading!

Princes Street from Nelson’s Monument, Edinburgh

Princes Street from Nelson's Monument, Edinburgh

Last Saturday I had my second trip to the top of Nelson’s Monument in as many years. Earlier last week I walked up to Calton Hill to check what the best time of day would be to take the above photograph. So it was 11am, I had paid my £3 and climbed the steps and took my photograph. Obviously I took a few dozen pictures, this one was zoomed in quite a lot. I also spent time trying to take a 360 panoramic photo, I was hoping to publish this today as an interactive (moving) pano, but unfortunately life got in the way. So maybe in a week or two if I took the photographs correctly I will be able to publish my first 360 pano!

BMX Tailwhip on ramp at Southport

BMX Tailwhip on ramp at Southport

The above photograph is my favourite BMX photograph I have taken. It was a couple of weeks back that Mark and I were running around Southport trying to make the most of the strong sunlight and blue skies. As far as I know the rider pictured is doing a trick called the tailwhip. Having never been a BMX rider this is only from my quick research on the internet that I can tell you this. The trick basically involves jamming your right foot between the front wheel and the front fork of the bike, then whipping the rest of the bike all the way around (360 degrees) and then jumping over the bike and landing back onto the pedals. A difficult trick to start with but even more impressive on a ramp. In my opinion this trick makes for a good photograph but it is made even better by the way that the long shadow of the biker is down the ramp. There was very little colour in the original image, so I processed it in Photoshop CS3 to convert it to a black and white photograph.

The World’s Breath, Edinburgh

The World's Breath, Edinburgh

I must first clarify that it wasn’t me who wrote this into a rock at the edge of Salisbury Crag’s. I was sat here yesterday morning with a bottle of water and a fruit salad, looking down and reading “The World’s Breath” I knew it had to be photographed. In the distance you can see Edinburgh Castle with the interesting buildings of the city centre around it. Whilst editing this photo for the website I had the thought that this graffiti could be saying “The World’s Beneath” but as far as I can see it says “breath”.

Yesterday was my long walk day, walking from the hotel, across the city of Edinburgh, up Calton Hill, to the top of Nelson’s Monument, back down to the Palace of Holyrood House, up and along the edge of Salisbury Crag’s, climbed to the top of Arthur’s Seat and then back down the other side through the park and back across the city to the hotel. As you can imagine this took all day, the 250 metre climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat wasn’t as difficult as the first time but then I was in no rush and had water with me this time. Measuring out the route of my walk I did 8 miles but it felt much further due to the walking up and down three hills.