Edinburgh City Architecture Photos - Weekend Walk around the City

31st January 2015
I spent a long weekend in Edinburgh 2 weeks ago and managed to find time amongst social gatherings to explore some of the city amongst the popular tourism areas and also out walking around the residential districts to look at the beautiful Georgian architecture.

The weather over the whole weekend was mainly dry, cold but very overcast which didn't make the best light for architecture photography so I was forced to concentrate more on capturing the details of the city rather than the wider views.

The view from Calton Hill is one of the most famous, appearing on many adverts and in brochures for Edinburgh. On this morning the lighting was flat but I managed a couple of shots that I was happy with both looking towards Edinburgh Castle and also from the other side of the hill overlooking the city towards the port of Leith.

The area around Edinburgh Castle and all the way up the Royal Mile is dominated by shops aimed at tourists mixed in with traditional eateries and attractions. If you look a little deeper past the Scottish themed gift shops the back alleyways provide a true insight to how the original city was arranged with lots of interconnecting corridors and short cuts. I found the Georgian architecture in Edinburgh very interesting, the variety in the houses in the popular residential district behind Queen Street down to Stockbridge allowed for quite a few photo opportunities. I was drawn to the beautiful front doors to which people had added their own personal touch; these alongside the façade on some of the buildings presented me with plenty of opportunities for photographs reminding me very much of the sets used in the wizard world of Harry Potter.

Photographing in the dull overcast conditions required careful camera work both in composition but also in exposure to make sure the whites were as bright and clear as possible. Concentrating on the details allowed me to exclude areas of highlights which would otherwise become over dominant, on the wider views I was forced to alter compositions to exclude areas of shadow to bring the range of brightness levels within the tolerances of the camera sensor. With a little help from Capture One software I was able to create enough contrast in the overcast city scenes to give the images the impact that is needed when shooting city architecture.













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