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Edinburgh Window

Taken from an office in the old town looking across at Princes Street and beyond to Fife.

iPhone 6



This was taken at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh as the light was dimming across Charles Jencks’ Landform Ueda. The design was inspired by patterns of nature, the idea of movement in nature, from meteorological effects to chaos theory. Jencks said he ‘wanted to design something which reflected these natural forces’. I didn’t know any of this when I took the photo. I was trying to create a sense of autumn turning to winter, when falling leaves blow across the landscape of the mind. I think this reflects some his ideas about what he wanted to create so I was happy.


Back to my favourite time of year for photographing the city with the lower sun creating long shadows across the higher parts of the city.

Lothian Road, Edinburgh, iPhone

This is my one, ongoing, coherent project that I am working on about Edinburgh and the way shadows fall on the city at certain times of year. And now is that time, when the low winter sun casts long shadows across the streets. I put a heavily processed version of this image on Tumblr, but having looked at both I prefer this simpler black and white version. It was taken using the  Hipstamatic app – GSquad ‘Lens’ with Claunch 72 ‘film’. It was taken fresh today and the original is slightly warmer toned than this so I took some colour out in Lightroom.

It was sub-zero on the street but I stuck around a specific area hoping something would come together. I took quite a few iPhone pics and also some on the Rolleiflex. I am looking forward to seeing how they come out but suspect they won’t have the impact that this one has. Just as I was about to head back to my desk, a guy in a long winter coat and trilby style hat walked into the frame, echoing the image on the poster.


Locks, Edinburgh. Nikon D90

The owners of this storage room have obviously had a few security problems. I am fairly sure that they are, or were, the doors to the drinks storage area of a restaurant which unfortunately opens into the street. In Edinburgh.

I have been migrating all of my images from the PC laptop to Lightroom 3 on the Mac. The process was mercifully easy, even with my haphazard filing systems. I located the Lightroom cache files and put them on a separate hard drive and then pasted them on to the Mac desktop, put them all in one file and copied that to the general Lightroom file in Pictures. I opened Lightroom and to my astonishment there were all my pics. All 4,500 of them. All I do now is relocate files as and when I access them to the new location in Pictures.

It is making me explore lots of older images which is timely as my Nikon D90 is with Nikon for repairs as the internal LED viewfinder display stopped working. I took this pic in Edinburgh last Summer.

Bus Shelter with silhouettes. iPhone

I took this photo on the way back to the office after a meeting, in the gloomy dark of a wintery late afternoon. The bus shelter must have been warm as it had steamed up, adding some substance to the glass on which the silhouettes presented themselves.  I like the sense it gives of Edinburgh’s old town.

Lith Print, Fomatone Nature 532 Paper

This week I tried lith printing for the first time. I’ve had the Moersch Easy Lith kit knocking around on the shelf for a while and with the home darkroom up and running it finally made it out of the packet. It was easier than I thought it would be and if you are prepared to accept the variation in results it is also fun. As a starting point I went for the middle ground: dilution A & B 20 ml of each and adding water to make 1 litre of developing solution. I didn’t do a test strip, I just guessed that I ususally expose a 7×7 print for c 22 seconds. I doubled it and added a bit on for good measure to make 50 seconds. Everything I’ve read on lith printing makes me feel that approximations are OK. The results never repeat themselves and it is more important to judge the snatch point than the precise exposure time.

The first print (below) came out fairly smooth and less ‘lithy’ than the later ones. Apparently that’s common, the developer needs a few prints through it to get it going. The Fomatone Nature 532 was getting good recommendations as a lith paper via Tim Rudman’s book and website, as well as from Silverprint.

I like the process and think it has a lot of scope. Small doses perhaps? It might make normal printing seem a bit dull!

Lith Print, Fomatone Nature 532 Paper

Cowgate from Greyfriars Kirk. Rolleiflex T.

Here is my effort for the week. Cowgate, Edinburgh from Greyfriars Kirk. My stock of Neopan 400 120 in nearly done, sniff, and there ain’t none left nowhere now. Rolleiflex T, developed in Perceptol. I have been pursuing a series of images like these for a while (3 years in fact!) and the sun is just right around now to get the look I want – shadows cast across high building facades.  I had taken the dslr out the week before and got some similar shots but the film ones are SO much better. No contest. It’s that range of light that I still think digital struggles with. Film, developer and paper seems to bring it under control. The mentality of shooting slower with a 12 strip of film also helps to focus the mind. I know it’s part luck that the cyclist is right in the middle of the roundabout, but I don’t think I’d have anticipated that with the dslr. I would have been staring at the rear screen from the shot before or checking the histogram or something.