27th August 2013

The holidays were so good I had to share more photographs 🙂

The last day in Edinburgh we spent in the Zoo. We had hoped to see the Panda’s but the viewing slots were all booked up by the time we got there. The Penguin enclosure is fantastic. They have a huge swimming area, hatching area, creche and they have several species of Penguins.

 

Singing in the shower!
Singing in the shower!

 

This Penguin I think is an Emperor but forgot to check the information boards before we left.

 

Edinburgh Penguin
Edinburgh Penguin

 

After Edinburgh we made our way down the east coast of Scotland and England down to Alnwick. The castle in Alnwick has been in the Percy family for 700 years and there is a great historical tour of the castle. The Percy family still use it to live in during the Winter. The court yard in Alnwick castle was used in the first Harry Potter film where the students learned to fly on broomsticks for the first time.

Alnwick Castle
Internal Courtyard of Alnwick Castle

 

After Alnwick we made our way down to Durham. The cloisters in the cathedral in Durham were used in several of the Harry Potter films. The cathedral is an active church and again has a lot of history to it, you could spend all day learning about the it. All the children running around though were fascinated with the fact they were in the cloisters that Harry Potter had been in !

Durham Cathedral
One of the Steeples of Durham Cathedral

 

Harry Potters Walk 🙂

Harry Potter's Walk
Harry Potter’s Walk

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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.

Sherlock
Sherlock

 

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

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