Celtic Cross at Night

Celtic Cross at Night

On Princess Street just to the left of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh is this Celtic Cross, which I have photographed before in the day. However I think statues and crosses look much better with a dark background when they are floodlit as this cross is. Behind the trees is Edinburgh Castle, but obviously the cross is so bright that the exposure time wasn’t long enough to really capture the details of the castle.

Easter Road Stadium Edinburgh

Easter Road Stadium Edinburgh

This is Easter Road football stadium in the Leith area of Edinburgh in Scotland. It was taken from the top of Calton Hill and is the home ground of Hibernian (Hibs) a Scottish Premier League club. By using the longer focal length on my zoom lens it has compressed the perspective making the stadium look very close to the coast. In reality it is over a mile away from the waterfront.

Edinburgh Castle at Night

Edinburgh Castle at Night

One of the biggest problems of capturing Edinburgh Castle is that it is on the top of a hill with steep cliffs on three sides. Ordinarily in the day you have to be lucky with the light in order to capture detail in the cliff faces. Getting up a little too early (or so I thought) one morning the sky was still completely black to the naked eye. However on this 30 second long exposure the black sky turned pick and blue. I am not sure how or why. The camera wasn’t broken and this image has not been Photoshopped.

Scottish Parliament Building Edinburgh

Scottish Parliament Building Edinburgh

This was my second attempt at a photograph of the Scottish Parliament building at dusk. Two years ago when I was last in the city this view was completely fenced off. Fortunately I could now stand here to get this image. That was until I saw a television film crew standing right where I wanted to be with my tripod! After speaking to the officer in charge outside the main entrance of the parliament building I waited patiently until they seemed to have finished their filming (or at least have taken a break) when I could quickly jump into their shot with my wide angle lens and capture the dusk photograph I wanted. Should have come at dawn, when will I ever learn!