Wednesday, September 17, 2014

British Isles trip, part 19: Edinburgh

Link to photo dump.

I had no idea Edinburgh was so gorgeous. It may be the most beautiful city I've ever seen.

Now, if I have sufficiently impressed you with the city's overall gorgeosity, let me show you a few specific landmarks.

Edinburgh Castle (about which I'll have an entire separate post tomorrow):

The famous Firth of Forth rail bridge (or at least as much of it as I could get into the frame):

I first learned of this bridge, and the body of water it spans, from Alfred Hitchcock's great 1935 thriller, "The 39 Steps." Here's a link to the scene in which the bridge figures prominently. Let it play for 6 minutes from that point, or to about the 27:45 mark.

This is an ordinary-looking door. OK, it's not just an ordinary-looking door, it's an ordinary door. At least it is until you zoom in on the plaque beside it.

(He was born in 1850, so he lived here from age 7 to age 30--not during his novel-writing years.)

I tried to get an artsy-fartsy shot of the top of a subway entrance near our hotel (you see part of the same structure in the 6th photo above), because its ceiling is glass and supported by these cool multi-fingered posts, so that the whole thing made a visually compelling blend of patterns and transparency and reflections. At least out in the real world it did. As for the photo, I'm not sure. I've stared at it a whole bunch, and I just can't tell whether it's successful. I alternate between thinking it's interesting and thinking it's a mess. You be the judge.

Maybe it's better in black and white?

Finally, I'll leave you with a photo guessing game. I noticed that sometimes it's hard to tell whether a building in these old cities is a church, a castle, a museum, a hotel, or a government office--especially when you see only part of it. Which do you think this is?

I'll put the answer in the first comment.


NT said...


Rakewell said...

Oops--I forgot to post the answer. But NT got it right. That was the view out my hotel window, a very nice place called The Carlton.

mrben09 said...

Black and white always enhances detail in structure, so go with that. The most favourite photo that I have ever taken looks about about 1000 times better in B+W than colour
It's the one from the top of worlds tallest building.