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.
It has been a while since I’ve put a photo up. Other priorities getting in the way.
There was some dark, wet windy weather today in Edinburgh. With gaps in the clouds this can set off some intersting light when the sun breaks through. Cramond was unusually quiet, with most people avoiding the squally showers – but well worth a walk to blow away the cobwebs.
- 1/100s, f/6.3, ISO100, 50mm lens
I love the name of this thistle – it’s what you would be if you sat on it. Silybum. It just appeals to my juvenile sense of humour.
1/250, f14, ISO150. Shot outdoors with flash.
A cold feeling wet day, so a trip to the botanics.
1/250, f/18, ISO100
Taken at the maximum shutter speed for the flash, and a small aperture so that the back ground was blacked out.
I have never noticed pink in a pineapple before!f1.8, 1/40s, ISO800
Small, delicate looking but tough.
During the week just past, there was the flower moon – May’s full moon. Here it is over Edinburgh.
It’s quite unusual to get a sunset haar. It changes the nature of something that is cold and damp and depressingly common on sunny days when the wind comes off the North Sea.
Lighhouse, John Burnside 2002
So let the mist come down, let there be haar,
long afternoons of drizzle, months of fog,
that we might know ourselves
–such as we are–