The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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Every year I make a visit to Edinburgh during the festival and take my camera to capture some portraits of the colourful characters entertaining the crowds on the Royal Mile. It’s hard work jostling in between all the crowds trying to get a photo but it is also a lot of fun.

The last couple of years when I have visited I’ve only taken one prime lens with me rather than a zoom lens. I might come home with less images than my previous visits but I have a much higher percentage of keepers. The 50mm f/1.8 lens I use is perfect for portraiture. It enables me to use a shallow depth of field keeping the important features of the face sharp but throw the background out of focus.

Nikon D7200
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
1/1600 sec @ f/3.2
ISO 100

Lagangarbh Cottage

Buachaille Etive Mor and Lagangarbh cottage from the River Coupall

It’s back to a very early rise now if I want to shoot some landscapes. This morning in Glen Coe was a favourable forecast for the first part of the morning anyway so we decided to head up the A82 to a spot where we had not previously visited with our cameras. This location was chosen after viewing some photographs on the web and then a quick check on the Photographer’s Ephemeris. -- more --

Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower

The weather has been excellent all week but as the weekend approached it was clear that it wasn't going to last and Saturday & Sunday would see a change with a cold front moving in. Searching through locations on my phone's weather app for any possibilities suggested that the Borders were the best bet. Overcast and rain to start the day but a window of broken cloud and sunny spells was forecast before more rain a couple of hours later. -- more --

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