21st August 2013

Last week we went on holidays. We did a tour across Scotland and England taking in areas that were used in the making of the Harry Potter films. We finished the week at the Warner Brothers Studios near Hemel Hempstead. The studio tour was really good and we could have spent many more hours there.

We started our trip in Edinburgh. During August the comedy fringe festival is in Edinburgh and the city was incredibly busy. For this blog I have shots from different parts of the city but bear in mind we covered only a small part of the city.

Edinburgh Castle overlooks the city and is an incredible sight. We were there during the day and I would love to go back and photograph it during the evening blue hour. For this shot I decided to get close to the castle and just focus in on a part of it.

Settings :

ISO 200, 18mm, f8.0, 1/100 sec. I increased the contrast in the shot a bit more than I usually would to get the details in the clouds.

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle


I did not realise before we got to Edinburgh Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the author was born in Edinburgh. The statute below is a representation of probably his most famous character Sherlock Holmes.

Settings : ISO 100, 27mm, f8.0, 1/100sec.



The author JK Rowling wrote most of the Harry Potter books around Edinburgh with the first three or four being written in different coffee shops in the city. We took part in a walking tour of Edinburgh that was based on either parts of the city that were in the book or had connections to the author. The tour is run by students, is free and we really enjoyed it. The first stop on the tour is Grey Friars cemetery. JK Rowling based the names of a number of characters from names off tomb stones in the cemetery including Tom Riddle!


The final picture today is of The Scott Monument. The monument is to the author Sir Walter Scott.

Scott Monument
Scott Monument

Adding this to Sweet Shot Tuesday.
P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley

2 thoughts on “21st August 2013”

    1. Janine,

      thanks, we really enjoyed Scotland. If you like comedy then August would be the best month to visit Edinburgh but it gets really busy.


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