I’ll leave the ooh and ahs to tourist guides and go straight to the point : if you’ve never been to Edinburgh and love photography, you’re in for a mighty treat. The city has an energy and grandeur that’s palpable in photography and it offers a wonderful variety of subjects in a very tight space.
Now, we’ve done travel photography articles before, but I thought I’d try something different today : actually write something useful 😉
Don’t leave, it’s not a joke, we are occasionally capable of not ranting about ergonomics and post-processing aberration, we are occasionally capable of not digressing about technological advances, market shares and artificial intelligence. And, yes, we are capable of providing valuable travel photography information on what is, after all, meant to be a travel photography blog. We’re just not very good at it [insert stupid grin].
So, reboot. See if this works.
Phew, I did my best to cram that title full of juicy SEO goodness. Now that Google-feeding crap is over, let’s focus on writing something interesting and actually useful for togs 🙂 Edinburgh presents the following highlights, in no particular order :
Very subjective topic, obviously, but here’s what I had with me, what worked, what didn’t.
First of all, my smartphone. Yes, apologies to sensitive readers. Some of the photographs on this page are courtesy of an elderly Samsung phone. Ahem. About 25mm wide in a 16:9 format. Plus panorama mode, as below. Because, believe it or not, there is no easy way to create panoramas in Phase One’s Capture One or any related products. Booooh (end of painful mini-rant !!!)
And because, sometimes, the cute cat is easier to grab with a phone than with a 3 kilo contraption.
Then, a full-frame camera with my regular 25mm, 35mm and 85mm lenses. Except for distant vistas from the hills, where it was actually a little short, I found my 85mm too long for most opportunities. Although it did handle portraits, close-ups and nautical odd-jobs very well.
Still, if I was to do it again, I’d ditch the heavy 85 in favour of a light 50 (my C-Sonnar’s rendering would have been magical here).
Something wide is absolutely essential. My 25mm Distagon is what saw the most use. Not just because of the wide-angle and startling perspectives …
But also because of its very shallow depth of field (for such a wide-angle lens) and great transparency.
The 35/1.4 Distagon ZM is a glorious lens and proved very useful for moody shots and for subject isolation (also, it’s the best lens money can buy, period 😉 )
Next time, though, I’ll stick to the landscape / architecture combo of 25/85 (both Nikon mount) or the 35/50 street combo (both in M-mount). If I only took one, it would definitely be the Zeiss Distagon 25/2. A stunning performer in the sort of lighting you’re likely to encounter and well suited to the framing opportunities I recognized the most.
When we tried to book, hotels seemed quite pricey, so we opted for AirBnB. There’s a lot of choice, but I can personally vouch for this place, located very near Dean village and Stockbridge and about 15 minutes walk from the city center. The guests were very kind and helpful and the flat is lovely (as of summer 2017).
The view isn’t half bad either 😉
If you book there, say hello from Pascal 😉
This is the map I used to walk around. Not that you need a map to avoir getting lost but because some interesting areas are slightly out of sight. The red dots are photogenic spots. The Home dot is the flat menitioned above. Green spots are for food and drink. Blue is personal, just galleries I wanted to visit.
We covered all of the above in about two and a half days of solid walking. During this time, we visited tourist hotspots such as the Royal Britannia ship and spent considerable time tasting the local specialities, of which there are sooo many declious types 🙂 🙂 🙂 Add museums and you’ll need more. Be more frugal and you’ll go round in two days.
Below are a few more shots made during this quick trip. Paul was there a couple of days after me, so he might jump in and add more info at some point.
So, wadjathink ?
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