Glasgow’s Clyde Arc bridge, and the luxury apartments on the north side of the river, in Broomielaw.
A shot from the end of Platform 13, Glasgow Central Station. Just a quick snap while I was waiting for the train to Ayr, but I ended up quite liking it. The station itself was built in 1879, so it’s an odd mix of 19th century stone and glass with modern high speed trains, burger kings, coffee shops and bars. I’ve been getting the train between Ayr and Glasgow my entire life to see family, so Central Station always brings back a few childhood memories. It’s probably one of the places in Glasgow where I feel most at home, (apart from my flat), strange.
This is a shot from my 2am wanderings about the city. The Kingston bridge is part of a massive (for Scotland) ten lane motorway that crosses the Clyde bringing traffic right into the city. It was built in the 70′s, and is still the largest urban bridge in the UK today. It looks pretty horrible during the day to be honest, like a lot of 70′s architecture and infrastructure, but they light it up at night and it doesn’t look too bad.
Hey folks. These are the first pics from my new camera. Finally got myself an upgrade, to the Nikon D3100 which I’m thoroughly liking so far. The building is the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Clyde near the SECC and Glasgow Science centre (I think there’s other pics of it on here somewhere…).
This is the last of the pics from the alleyway. I realise it’s just an old graffiti ‘d door, but there was something I like about this. I messed around with it a bit and gave it some vignetting and added structure to the centre as well as blurring the far right a bit as well. Oh yeah, and the standard black and white conversion!
Another shot from the alley the other night. Went for a selective colour edit on this one, not totally sure if it works though.
One of only a couple of good pics I got from an outing to Argyll Street, Glasgow, at around 1am. Anyone who knows Glasgow will know that hanging around alleyways in the city centre at 1am on a Thursday night is not too safe, so I didn’t hang around for long. As I was taking this shot two girl were fighting and screaming just round the corner from me, in another lane I think. Still I managed a couple of shots, so more to come.
The reason I went out that night was specifically to get shots of the dilapidated building in the background of this pic, but my standard 18-55mm lens is broken so I’m stuck with my 70-300mm, which is no good for getting shots that close from the street, hence why I ended up far back in the lane taking this.
A couple of pics from Glasgow Science centre on the River Clyde in the west side of the city. This was one fo the warmest days we’ve had so far this year in Scotland, so me and my friend made the most and got out in the sun, and wit a little persuasion I convinced him to come out with me while I got some shots. Unfortunately my camera has started to break, and doesn’t always manage to take a picture without making a terrible sound and coming up with an error message, so I didn’t manage too many shots. Currently working on getting a new camera!
We decided to walk back along the river towards the town. As we approached the one of the many bridges over the Clyde we noticed about 20-30 photographers all gathered at one point on the bridge. Not wanting to miss out on what they were all so interested in we walked along to where they were all stood. This is the reason they were all at that one point…
I guess the sun only sets between the Clyde Auditorium and the Hilton Garden Plaza (the building on the far left) for a few days of the year. I think I was pretty lucky to be down there by chance. This is one of the only decent shots I got of the sun setting between the two buildings. The crane is the Finnieston Crane, once used in on of Glasgow’s many shipyards before all but a few were closed. The crane is now disused, and there has been a lot of development of luxury flats and other buildings like the Science Centre all along the Clyde. The half built structure is going to be ‘the Hydro’, a new music venue on the site of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) and the Auditorium. I’m quite looking forward to it being finished, since it looks to be an interesting piece of modern architecture, adding another element to the mixture of buildings both old and new on this part of the river.
This shot was taken overlooking the bridge at the entrance to Glasgow Green, which by the way is not a fun place to walk about in at night! I love the colours in this shot, the lights certainly make it look much nicer than it does during the day.
Hello everyone. Needless to say I’ve been kept busy with work and uni as always, but in between I’ve managed to get out and get some shots in what has been some pretty decent weather for this time of year. Yesterday was an amazingly sunny day, which meant a complete abandoning of any notion of doing coursework and a day walking about in several of Glasgow’s lovely parks. Obviously though I forgot to take my camera….
These are a couple of shots from some other days. I love the graffiti which was taken from one of the bridges along the River Kelvin in the West End, especially the stencil of the guy with the camera (even though the quality isn’t great due to some heavy duty cropping…). I wonder if the person that did it knew people would take pictures of it, were they deliberately being ironic? I like to think so. I decided to go for a bit of colour selection for that one, just for fun really. The second shot is of the railway bridge over the river Clyde at Central Station. It’s not the best shot but I love all the old steel and brick work on this bridge. It also reminds me a lot of my childhood, getting the train from Prestwick to Glasgow to see my Gran and coming over the bridge as the train pulled into it’s last stop at Glasgow central.
Hope you like the pics guys, have a good weekend
Hey folks, so once again it’s been a while since I posted anything, and once again it’s because life has decided to be a little bit mental over the past few weeks. I wont bore you all with the details, but long story short I no longer live in Edinburgh, I now live in Glasgow! But, I still work and go to Uni in Edinburgh…. I know that sounds mad, but it’s a lot of fun, and I get the best of both cities.
So, expect much less picturesque countryside pictures and castles, and much, much more gritty urban-ness from now on!
This pictures just a taste, I’ve yet to get out for a proper exploration with the camera. Also I finally got a new tripod, after Royal Mail decided to lose the other I ordered. Dying to get out at night for some shots, but even though I already know Glasgow reasonably well (the town I come from is only 40ish miles South of Glasgow) I’m a bit wary of wandering about at night with camera equipment. Although a great place to live, Glasgow is not famous for it’s safe streets and lack of crime…
These are a couple of pictures from my cycle to Queensferry the other day, of the Forth Rail and Road bridges. They’re both a bit on the dull side unfortunately due to how overcast it was, but I’ve tried my best to correct it in post processing and decided that black and white conversions were the best as the colours were all a bit flat. I think I’m going to wait until the weather is a bit better to get some more shots of the bridges, or figure out a way to get there in the evening to get some night shots.
The Rail Bridge is over 100 years old, something which I didn’t know until I checked out Wikipedia, with construction being finished in 1890. It doesn’t look that old does it? There are plans to put a permanent viewing platform in the middle of the bridge, at the highest point which is 300 metres above high tide. I really hope they do this as the views would be amazing!
The road bridge, in the second picture, was only finished in 1964, but there was previously a ferry service which operated from the 11th century. The ferry service was established by Queen Margaret as a service to religious pilgrims making their way to Dunfermline Abbey and St Andrews. The two towns at either side of the bridges developed because of this ferry service, their names – North and South Queensferry – are a direct result of the Queen’s ferry service.
I’ve been doing this blog for almost a year and somehow I’ve managed to avoid posting a picture of Edinburgh Castle, or at least a picture where the castle was the main focus. I love the blue lights they have on the castle, seems an appropriately cold colour for winter!
Unfortunately this will probably be my last night shot for a while because I broke my tripod, but never mind. I’m going to have a bit of a hard drive clear out anyway and see if there’s anything I haven’t posted or that I can salvage with photoshop.
Hey folks, I finally have internet again after almost two long months (it feels like longer). After a couple of days of technical difficulty I finally managed to get it online, yay!
I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve seen pictures of this part of Edinburgh before, Cramond Causeway and Cramond Island at the end of it are probably one of the most photographed places in Edinburgh, in a non-tourist sense anyway. When I took this picture it was only the second time I had been there in the two odd years I’ve lived in Edinburgh, and I regret not going before as it’s a lovely place, right on the North West edge of the city far away from the busyness of the city centre. The causeway itself is only accessible when the tide is out so you can only get over to the island at certain times. I still haven’t been for fear of getting stranded… This picture was taken at night, that’s actually the moon not the sun, and I had to use a 30 second exposure time. I think I was quite lucky to find the moon in that position, while the tide was out as well, completely by chance.
My Photoshop is playing up at the moment (or possibly my laptop, it’s getting kinda old), so the editing isn’t the best on this shot, but I still have the use of SilverEfex thankfully! I have to save the picture every time I want to see changes, which is extremely annoying. Also I can’t see the previews of effects, so it’s sort of guess work. It’s fun, not!
Anyway, it feels good to be back. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up at least weekly posts. I’m now in third year at uni so the workload is getting pretty stressful! I’m looking forward to getting back into everyone else’s blogs as well, so expect a visit from me soon. I’ve missed everyone else’s pictures, and I’m looking forward to finding some new blogs too.
Also thanks again to everyone for still visiting despite my long period on non-posting, you lovely patient people!
Hey everybody! Long time no speak, not properly anyway! I’ve been working a lot and also had a lot of other things that I wont bore you with going on in my life recently. It’s actually been quite good to take a step back from photography for a couple of weeks, I haven’t taken any proper pictures in ages! Luckily I have a few I’ve been meaning to post for a while sitting on my hard drive.
This is a picture of the Scottish Government building in Leith, Edinburgh (not to be confused with the Scottish Parliament building – this one actually looks like a Government building, whereas the Parliament building looks like luxury flats or a modern art gallery).
I have a black and white if this shot, but for once I prefer the colour version. Enjoy!
This is the phonebox on Leith Street, possibly quite a strange subject for a photography? I’ve been wanting to take this shot for a while, and I managed to get one at night where the light is spilling out the side of the phonebox. I suppose it was the composition of the objects on the wall that I like. I read that a photograph should have something that draws the viewer in or something that the viewrs eye can rest on. I don’t know if this picture has that, but I still like it.
I tried to clone out the HMV advert, but it didn’t look natural, and I suppose it’s part of the scene anyway. A few weeks ago there was a Kung Fu Panda 2 advert whch would have been much cooler!
This picture is an HDR from three shots, with a black and white layer brought down to about 40% opacity, with the colours brought through a little bit using the vibrance slider to give it a nice faded gritty look. I also used control points in SilverEfex to lighten the areas at each side of the phonebox to exaggerate the light coming out.
This is a picture I took on Monday night (the safest night for night photography without getting hassle from drunk people). I don’t know the name of this bridge, or if it even has a name, but it is just off Festival Square, in the west end of the city centre. It is in probabl;y one of the most modern areas of the city, surrounded by bank plaza’s and other modern office buildings, that come close to being skyscrapers in design, but not in height.
This is an HDR composition, with the sky converted to black and white using Silver Efex, and a high structure black and white layer over the rest of the image at about 90% opacity to allow just a tiny amount of colour to remain, which had also been sharpened. It took me 45 minutes to get this shot because, as I eventually realised, the buildings aren’t quite in line with the bridge, and it’s hard to align things in the dark (good ‘ol Photoshop helped save this).
This is The Innocent Tunnel, formerly a railway tunnel but now part of a cycle path. I’m going to be lazy here, this is what Wikipedia says about it:
“The Innocent Railway is now a cycle path connecting central Edinburgh, at Newington and St. Leonard’s at its west end, with Duddingston, Niddrie and Craigmillar to the east. The path continues, directly linking Bingham and Brunstane.
The route has what might be Britain’s first railway tunnel built around 1830 by James Jardine, which stretches 350 yards under the southern edge of Holyrood Park and is open to the public, forming part of the cycle route through the park. There is also a cast iron bridge at the Duddingston Road junction which is one of the earliest surviving examples of its type. The route passes very near to, and affords a view of, the Scottish Wildlife Trust property of Duddingston Loch.”
It’s quite a creepy place to be, even during the day. It was pretty warm outside but with all the dripping from the damp walls and the fact that you can see your breath and hear every little movement echoed it was quite easy to forget about the sunshine outside, the only hint of it the light at the end of the tunnel. It doesn’t look that long in this picture, or when you’re in it, but it is very deceptive.
Apparently there are several tunnels like this in Edinburgh, I have just discovered. The rest aren’t strictly speaking open to the public, but access isn’t too bad, I’ve heard. Queue future spooky tunnel adventures!
P.S. I forgot to mention it’s called The Innocent Tunnel because it was part of “The Innocent Railway”, so called because it was horse drawn at a time when steam power was still considered dangerous. This is the official story, however another theory states that it is called this because no one died during the construction of the railway, which was fairly uncommon in those days.
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This is the different shot of the flats at Western Harbour I said I would post the other day, since I didn’t quite get round to it yesterday. I spent most of the day on Redbubble checking out groups and some of the amazing art work people have on there.
The pic was taken around midnight. Me and Vicky were at the cinema in Ocean Terminal beforehand watching Pirates of the Caribbean 4, which is amazing by the way! We were the only ones in the cinema, which was kind of creepy but also pretty cool.
I used Nik’s ColourEfex pro and applied a colour bleach filter before turning up the contrast to make most of the background and foregound black and the lights brighter, then turned up the vibrancy to bring out the colours. I also used a sharpening layer mask to bring out the detail and structure in the buildings.
For some reason it looks like there’s a weird texture on this image when it’s on the blog, no idea why so I couldn’t fix it. If you click the image for the full size pic it looks much better and the weird texture disappears.
Quick post because I’m heading out to the pub shortly, still enjoying my days off
Not much to say about this picture, other than the fact that these stairs are not far from my house, in a council estate in Leith. I’ve been meaning to get a shot of them for a while. I don’t know what it was that attracted me to take this shot actually, but I like the result.
Oh and links to vote for my pics in the Bing.com photo competition, thanks
Another quick post today, it’s Vicky’s birthday so we’re going into town to do some shopping. This was taken while I was walking from Granton harbour to the building site I went into to get the sunset pic from this post. Even though it’s a lighthouse (as far as I can tell) it wasn’t actually that near the water, and it was attached to what looked like an old workshop or warehouse.
I love silhouette shots like this (in case you hadn’t noticed!) because of the ficus on the colours, and the gradient from one colour to another.
Some archituectural photography for you today. Well strictly speaking I was focusing more on the red lights, that’s what drew me to take a picture of this building in the first place. That and the building’s beautiful design.
This is The Cafe Royal on West Register Street in the city centre. I’ve never personally eaten or drank there but I hear it’s good. The building has been the Cafe Royal since 1863 and apparently the interior hasn’t changed much since. It has been a listed building since 1970. More info about the Cafe Royal here for anyone who’s interested.