Edinburgh


womble

Link Posted 11/04/2018 - 16:06
I am going to be at a conference in Edinburgh for the next few days. My only chance for photos is going to be early morning. Any recommendations of where to go, and where to avoid?

Thanks, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
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graevy

Link Posted 11/04/2018 - 20:26
Pretty difficult to stumble across places to avoid in central Edinburgh to be honest unless you want something other than the usual tourist spots. The Cowgate (a sort of street below a street), the lower end of the royal mile and its many closes give some good b&w opportunities with its play of light and shadow and there are plenty of good viewpoints from Edinburgh’s hills, e.g. Calton hill, blackford hill. It’s also worth having a walk along the water of leith which gives a different perspective on the centre of edinburgh (starting/finishing at the modern art gallery with its Charles Jencks landforms is a fair shout).

Dodge69

Link Posted 11/04/2018 - 21:18
Depends where your staying, but if you're in the centre:

Cliché but enjoyable shots to be had around the Grassmarket, the Vennel Steps have a nice one with Castle in the background.

As above, down the Royal Mile, plenty of closes, plus just interesting old buildings.

The view room on the top floor terrace of the National Museum is close by on Chambers st.

Calton Hill for some classic shots of the Edinburgh skyline, looking down Princess Street, and over Waverley Station.

Just wander around the various New Town streets is impressive, night or day, superb buildings and cobbled streets
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Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 12/04/2018 - 09:23
If the conference is at the conference centre then you could head down to Dalry (past Haymarket taking the left fork heading out of town). It's a little run down but with lots of character (at least to my taste) and some mildly grubby tenement buildings. The New Town (on the north side of Princes St a few blocks down the hill) has nicer buildings but less character while still being a good place to get some interesting shots. On the same side of town you'll also find Stockbridge, a lovely area with interesting shops and buildings and some nice back-streets and quaint alleys to explore. It's one of my favourite parts of town and when I head back these days I'll always look for an AirBnB in that area.

Personally I'd avoid the Royal Mile and Grassmarket but maybe that's because I've been there so many times that I see them as the more touristy/stag do areas and I prefer going off the beaten track.

The museum in Chambers street was done up a few years back and the main entrance hall, which is glass-covered, has the most beautiful light, especially if you're lucky with the weather. It's worth a look even if you're not photographing. It's also free to get in (but feel free to leave a donation).

As already stated though, it's hard to think of any area that you couldn't get good photos of near the centre. If you let us know where you're staying or where the conference is then maybe I can suggest some good areas close by.

Oh - and in case you feel the urge to look for any interesting film gear, check out http://www.cameratiks.co.uk/ at the top of Morningside. They're not the cheapest place and the owner's a little surley but what they have is good and there's plenty of it, and they don't seem to mind people browsing. Half the stuff's in the windows so you can do a lot of browsing (and drooling, ha ha) without even going in.
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Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses
Last Edited by Jonathan-Mac on 12/04/2018 - 09:26

Roshni

Link Posted 13/04/2018 - 06:29
It depends on where you are going to stay and surrounding over there.
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womble

Link Posted 13/04/2018 - 23:05
Thanks for the various suggestions. I'm staying in Rostalrig and the conference is at the Uni. So far the weather has been rain and thick fog...!
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website
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