The Streets of Edinburgh

I do quite a lot of street shots as most of my photography is done on the way to and from work or when out doing other things anyway. It also suits my skills as I currently lack the patience to stop for ages and do the tripod thing properly…must do better…sometime.

Here are a few recent images chosen at random – what do you think? Your kind of thing or not so keen? Mono seems to work best unless there is something particularly colourful where the colour is a feature.

In one of them I’ve captured the Eastern Exhibition and Display Crew doing some work – see their website for more details if you’re looking for big feck-off displays of stuff.

Esplanade Construction.
Esplanade Construction.
Sandwiches.
Sandwiches.
Sitting.
Sitting.
Into The Valley.
Into The Valley.
Geddes Bookbinders.
Geddes Bookbinders.
Tourism Is Tiring.
Tourism Is Tiring.
"Looking Up." The Eastern Exhibition and Display crew on the job, being checked out by a passer by.
“Looking Up.” The Eastern Exhibition and Display crew on the job, being checked out by a passer by.
On A Break.
On A Break.
Walking and Smoking.
Walking and Smoking.
Cycling On The Pavement.
Cycling On The Pavement.
Staircase Mystery (Cropped Version).
Staircase Mystery (Cropped Version).
Little and Large, but Funnier.
Little and Large, but Funnier.
The Middle Pavement.
The Middle Pavement.
In The Canyons Of Your Mind.
In The Canyons Of Your Mind.

Victorian Trout Conspiracy

My mate’s daughter is in this band – liking the name, but not managed to see them yet. Wandered by The Bailie last night just after they had finished (unfortunately). Next time perhaps.

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50mm Daniel Docherty Sings

I have been very fortunate to have lots of photographers give me advice and lend me lenses to try out as I grope my way forwards towards pointing the camera in the right direction and gradually learning that the funny plus/minus button can control elements of the shot.

Rorie (see his pics here) kindly lent me his Nikkor (= for Nikon cameras) 50mm ‘Prime’ f1.4D lens. He knows what he’s doing and has letters after his name to do with photography, so I took his advice. Try this he said. So I did.

My ‘lens for beginners’ that came with my camera can zoom in and out. A ‘Prime’ lens is fixed – no zooming. To add to this, on my camera, the 50mm lens is manual focus only, something for proper photographers. Finally, if you want to get the best out of it, you want to take photos that benefit from the f1.4 bit of lettery-numberyness. This give a very narrow depth of focus, i.e. the bit of the photo that will look in focus and not blurry. This is what gets photographers excited, apparently.

As I am now on manual controls, there’s a lot for a small brain to cope with already, but off I went trying to hunt down some shots. Shot, blurry, shot blurry, shot, better, shot, worked! and repeat.

Here are some of the successes, that is, they are in focus in the right place (I think).

Looking Both Ways.
Looking Both Ways.
New Bike, New Helmet.
New Bike, New Helmet.
Photographer Shoots Castle.
Photographer Shoots Castle.
Leaves 1.
Leaves 1.
Bored.
Bored (Shot through a car window).
Bored.
Bored (Shot through a car window).

Following on from that, I was out on The Royal Mile and there was a young singer / guitarist who was sounding great and had drawn a small crowd – Daniel Docherty. He was standing in the late afternoon sunlight and slowly turning pinker in the heat, but still belting out some good tunes. Aha, a stationary victim who can’t move whilst I poke a camera at him. I can can pfaff about to my hearts content…look out for the dancing king who was ‘well happy’ with the sounds.

Daniel Docherty, Musician 1. Daniel Docherty, Musician 2. Daniel Docherty, Musician 3. Daniel Docherty, Musician 4. Daniel Docherty, Musician 4. Daniel Docherty, Musician 5.

Fish! At Eddie’s Seafood Market

Another sunny day on the way to work, so it would be rude not to make use of the light. Bumped into the guys at Eddie’s Seafood Market lugging boxes of, er, well, fish.  Actually, might have been edible critters, I didn’t look. Whatever it was, it would be good, this is a great place (<- see what I stopped myself from doing there) to buy seafood, try it. Highly recommended.

Here’s Wee Big William and Yiux Keung (at least that’s what they wrote down). You get two for one, both colour and mono.

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Wee Big William and Yiux Keung at Eddie’s Seafood Market, Marchmont, Edinburgh.
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Wee Big William and Yiux Keung at Eddie’s Seafood Market, Marchmont, Edinburgh.

An Actual Highland Bagpiper

I bumped into this guy a couple of months ago and he was happy for me to take his photo for a contribution in his pipes case. Just met him again today, playing with a Nigerian who was apparently confident of a Nigerian World Cup win…we shall see.

Scotland and Nigeria In Concert.
Scotland and Nigeria In Concert.

The piper is called Neil MacLure and his website is www.neilmaclure.com

Urban Noir Photography, Mainly Edinburgh and Scotland. Street, Cityscape, Alternative, Fun. Occasional Colour. Photos by and Copyright of Paul & Lynn Henni

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