A Room with a View

Returning to a location is always a good thing - you can see how the light behaves at the different times of the day or year and you'll almost always find something different. I return to many places across Edinburgh to try a different angle or technique. A favourite is definitely Stockbridge in Edinburgh where I will return to the market archway or Royal Circus Lane.

What I am showing here is a little easier for me though - it's my living room window. I am lucky enough to live in Edinburgh with stunning views of Arthur's Seat, Salisbury Crags, and Calton Hill. Since getting my DSLR, these views have become a favourite to return to on those quiet moments when something catches my eye.

This is one of the first I took when I was given a lens by my Dad. It was the clouds that grabbed my attention and how they almost match the shape of the trees.

The first silhouette of Calton Hill I took and what I regularly return to. It was taken during a stormy period which broke for a lovely sunset.

I had actually spotted a similar scene to this before but my camera was nowhere to hand. Since then I had been watching for the moon to be in a similar position at sunset. It was worth the wait.

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Sometimes a sunset will amaze you - how can the sky be so different each time the sun sets?That is why I enjoy capturing it, made better by a lovely foreground.

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From time to time I will focus on Salisbury Crags. It wasn't until I downloaded this photo from my camera that I noticed a lone figure standing on the edge of the crags taking in the same sunset.

Believe it or not, but this was taken a few moments after the previous one and shows how quickly a sky can change.

At New Year we get an incredible view of the fireworks that are launched from Edinburgh Castle directly behind Calton Hill. This again is a wonderful framing.

There is no doubt in my mind that I will continue to shoot this view until the day we no longer live here. It's one of my favourite views of Edinburgh and I'm lucky enough to have it from my living room window.

Berlin

Last week I never posted a weekly roundup as I was on a plane flying back from Berlin. It was our first holiday abroad with our son, Noah, who is about to turn 15 months so you can imagine what my photos comprise of this week. Berlin was a wonderful city to visit and I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't visited.

On our first day in the city, I turned to my wife and said "I could imagine myself living here". That wasn't to say I would pack us all up and head to Berlin but I felt comfortable in most of the city, it's incredibly clean, and the public transport never missed a beat. I was at ease. This feeling of ease is incredible when you look at it's history. When you visit cities on holiday, you are often learning about things that happened hundreds of years ago that you can't really connect with, but a major part of Berlin's history existed and changed in my lifetime. I was 9 years old when the Berlin wall came down and I remember it happening although didn't understand it at all. To finally learn about that and see what it did, but also how the city has recovered in the last 25 years was incredible.

I was happy I managed to shoot a roll of film when we were there and have that to process soon. I can't wait. I also managed to get out a little this week with my large format camera and it's a process I love more as I work with it. Hopefully there will be more to come from that soon.

So here are a few of my favourite images from the last week and a bit, I hope you enjoy.

Autumn colours

Autumn colours

Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt

Water works

Water works

Death Strip lights

Death Strip lights