Here are some more shots of Edinburgh lit up for the festive season. It was pouring with rain on Saturday when I took these, which made the whole process of night shots even harder, but it did add some wonderful reflections on the pavements. Despite the rain the centre of town was full of smiling faces, rushing between dry spots, and bars like this one were doing a roaring trade.
Called The Dome, this majestic building now serves food and delicious cocktails, where once cheques were signed and cash stored away in vaults. The old Edinburgh banks make great venues for a far livelier crowd nowadays than they were first designed for. The city fathers might not have approved, but I love to see life breathed into these old buildings.
I loved the swirling spirals of these garlands, curling heavenwards. Alas pointing my camera upwards resulted in a rain splattered lens, this was another challenge to be overcome. Night photography is definitely a challenging affair, especially in the rain.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the wind was gusting up to 70 miles per hour, so holding the camera steady was very difficult. You can see that the big wheel isn’t turning in the photo, that’s because it was shut due to the high winds, but it did give me a nice clear shot. All told I think this was one of the most challenging photography sessions I’ve ever done!
From the side the tree even looks straight, and behind to the right is Edinburgh Castle. It was starting to get cold by this time so just a few more photos before heading home to the warmth and a big mug of hot chocolate.