Colors of Edinburgh comprise brown/orange tints of bricks, grey/black palette of roofs and churches, usually accompanied with a dull sky. The billboard seems to be there to remind the locals the liveliness of colors.
Old Town Edinburgh is today a top rated tourist attraction and is being much advertised by its ghosts, ghouls, dungeons and other gothic elements. Its turbulent history is full of tales of horror and terror which mainly compirse graveyard diggers, body snatchers, pirates, witches and witchcraft, plague, burnings on the stake, beheadings, hangings, gore, torment and torture of every kind and blood and blood and blood.
Those buildings, many of them said to be haunted by ghosts, were witnesses to all those colorful days, and Edinburgers are now telling all these stories with witty humor and mockery (what kinda' grandfathers we had!).
Photo taken from the top of Sir Walter Scott Monument.
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PaulVDV (30773) 2013-11-16 2:58
I'm surprised to see those numerous point turrets.
Although grey is the main colour (not directly my favorite colour), the whole looks very nice and even impressive.
I don't think I've seen this view of Edinburgh ever before.
Of course there's a strong contrast with the colours of the billboard but I prefer the contrast with the light on the fields and the hills on the background.
Best regards, Paul
williewhistler (16404) 2013-11-16 3:21
the inclusion of the colourful billboard serves as a good contrast to the subdued colour of the surrounding buildings.
The square format composition works very well for me with the church spire well placed.
A fascinating study of Edinburgh that I thoroughly enjoy.
Best regards Les.
dta (80266) 2013-11-16 3:25
hello Denisz ,
A fantastic view of the old Edinburgh . Without the colorful structure in the low part , it could be an illustration for a fairy tale book .
Very impressive and almost frightening .
Noel_Byrne (32542) 2013-11-16 4:09
what a cool and unusual view of the city, totally different from any I've ever seen before. The stone tones of the buildings are beautiful and offset so nicely by the billboard. Excellent idea to incorporate that. I wonder what the ghost think of the slice of color stealing their thunder. I guess this must be the most haunted place in the world with the number of ghouls running rampant. Brilliant and original shot, thanks.
all the best
emka (102666) 2013-11-16 4:22
Very strange view, I can't imagine where it could be. Was it possible to go to top of Walter Scott Monument? I had no idea. Not specially friendly colour, the billboard and this white bay window contrast with the buildings around. But not so far to the green hills behind it. Very interesting are these flat chimneys.
yes, when I was in England (and Scotland) I noticed they love such macabre stories, tortures, executions and so on.
I couch surfed in Edinburgh, it was funny experience.
holmertz (56223) 2013-11-16 4:39
This is magnificent. So many shades of grey and light brown and so many oddly angled roofs - everything just tightly packed together. The entire view looks like straight out of a Gothic tale, except for the billboard near the lower corner, adding such a splash of colors and a reminder of modern times.
InasiaJones (31566) 2013-11-16 6:51
There's something in Edinburg's walls that seems to be unique, maybe in the brick textures or patterns, maybe in the colours, but definitely specific.
Even before reading your note, it's the story of ghosts that came to my mind, as I did one of these tours, and right at the end, there would be a woman (surely hired by the tour), that screamed from her window (probably one of these featured in your image), leaving us with goose bumps...
Your skyline is very attractive and intriguing at the same time, and if I would never set the foot there, this photo would convince me to visit that wonderful place.
One of these European cities that I have discovered way before bothering to transport a camera, and I think that you are lucky to have been there and enjoy yourself, shooting this impressive destination.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-11-16 7:42
the density of these houses in combination with your tigh frame and your PP work makes it looks almost like an impressionist painting.
Really superb graphics of the image!
Have a good weekend
tober (8797) 2013-11-16 10:50
Herhalde böyle bir yerde yapamazdım. Küflü duvarlar, nemli hava, soluk benizler. Ancak hayaletlerin hayal edebileceği bir yer :)
Fotoğrafın üst 1/3lük kesimiyle alt 1/4'lük kesimini hariç tutup orta kısmı vurgulamak da farklı bir etki yapabilir belki(Kuleden feragat etme pahasına).
parvatibb (1387) 2013-11-16 11:01
Bilgisayarda çizilmiş gibi duruyor. Orjinal olmuş.
PS 1: evet önce bana da biraz karışık geldi, karasız kaldım, daha sade croplamaya çalıştım olmadı, sonra vortex beni icine cekıverdi...
PS 2: yuh 12000! 12000*2:24000 8270 de extra
lousat (94786) 2013-11-16 15:23
Hi Deniz,really beautiful this close up on the old Edimburgh facades,great capture,you pump up very well the colors too,to have the best effect,soft details and rich composition,i been there 22 years ago and nothing is changed as i can see...ehehe...Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
marabu61 (11189) 2013-11-17 3:20
Impressive shot of the old town on Edinburgh indeed. The densely packed houses have quite an one dimensional feel to them in this cropped composition and the colorful billboard adds a great touch of color. Even the glimpse of the unspoiled countryside behind the town, bathed in a gorgeous light is very attractive.
have a great sunday
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-17 8:20
Hi Deniz - You've managed to pull out so many colours and such fine detail from this shot I am impressed. The layers of building, each with fascinating little details are fabulous..... and that colourful billboard, a super 'poke-in-the-eye'! Clever PP work here. Warm regards Rosemary
Schnappilic (9692) 2013-11-17 13:02
I like your urban landscape with an interesting framing. The result is great. Congratulations!
delpeoples (59186) 2013-11-19 5:17
Oh I love this! Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world (probably 2nd behind Naples) and you have captured it in all its grey glory. Gee you did well with that diffused light and grey sky. Aren't those rooftops wonderful? I'm trying to pick out the rooftop of where I worked in Cockburn Street in the Old Town, but can't pick it. I'm sure it's there. The sharpness and definition are so impressive, as is the tight framing. Even in thumbnail, I knew you'd climbed the Scott Monument - and remembering how high and narrow it was - you get extra brownie points!
Have a lovely day...did you read about the diplomatic incident between my government and yours? I think our government is banned from attending the Centenary Celebrations in Gallipoli - oh dear! Silly governments!
macjake (70519) 2013-11-22 5:05
you won't believe this....but i JUST wrote to Ann saying we don't get to see many downtown photos of Edinburgh, than i come across this.
Seriously, that is SOOOO hilarious! Oh man...thats awesome :)
wicked POV of the city, love it!!
excellent note too! When can i book the first flight to Edinburgh?
this city looks to be right up my alley..i love stories of blood, be-headings, murder, mystery, crime, punishment, pirates, graveyard diggers, witch craft and tortures!
Sounds like a great weekend haha
wow..what a fascinating looking city.
an easy 10 out of 10 for me on this one Deniz.
how was your trip here? how long did you stay...what was the temperature like in Sept?
adores (46079) 2013-11-28 16:46
I like this shot! The great pov, the details of the grey houses and specially the weather that makes it so perfect to illustrate all those stories. The billboard really adds some life and colour to the place!
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34279)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-09-05
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 18-55 mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-16 2:03