Edinburgh Castle Entrance at Night

Edinburgh Castle Entrance at Night

After a long day of photography and an evening trying to get a decent photo of the Scottish Parliament building at dusk I decided to walk back up the Royal Mile to the Castle before heading back to the hotel. From the main entrance to Edinburgh Castle only this part is properly lit up (from the side, down on Princess Street it looks much better at night). So I zoomed in from a distance and captured the above photograph. It was extremely windy, to the point where I had to hold on to the tripod legs!

Edinburgh Waverley Station at Night

Edinburgh Waverley Station at Night

One of my more experimental photographs from my recent week in Edinburgh, taken on the last dawn photo shoot. I had seen and captured this view looking down into Waverley Station in the daytime but the trees distracted too much. However just before sunrise and dawn the trees disappear into the night and the lights from inside the station catch the eye. This is actually three photographs combined to make sure that I had an even spread of light trails from the early morning trains coming in and out of the city.

Path leading towards Edinburgh

Path leading towards Edinburgh

After walking up Arthur’s Seat I came back down the mountain to explore more of Holyrood Park to the South East of Edinburgh City Centre. Specifically I had seen a small lake called St. Margaret’s Loch. After photographing that I decided it was time to head back to the hotel. The above photograph is the view looking west towards the city centre. I particularly like the way that the path in the foreground leads you to this skyline and the monuments on Calton Hill with the rest of the famous skyline to the left.

Four Penguins in the Zoo

Four Penguins in the Zoo

Whenever I visit a zoo I always bring my camera and I always shoot hundreds of photographs of as many animals as I can. Recently I have been trying to remove as much of the blurred and unpublishable photographs from my archives as possible. In doing so I came across the above picture taken at the fantastic penguin area of Edinburgh Zoo. The photograph seems to tell a story in my opinion. Maybe I am crazy,  but doesn’t it look as though the one in the middle is saying “Do you really want me to go in there with him?” and the two on the right seem to be trying to encourage him to jump in the water. Maybe it’s some sort of penguin swimming lesson. Which leads me to think, do penguins take swimming lessons? Which then leads me to think it is time to get out of the house with my camera and capture some new photographs, rather than go crazy looking through thousands of old images!