Having left the wonderful TE meeting in Peebles we drove to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, before flying back to Gatwick. There was time for an enjoyable walk in the city. This picture was taken at the entrance to Waverley railway station below North Street Bridge. The old building that is visible through the glass is the Balmoral Hotel. This is a six storey building with a fabulous clock tower. It originally opened in 1902 and known as the North British Hotel. The architecture is described as Victorian with Scottish baronial style influences. I rather liked the contrast in architectural styles in the view.
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tyro (19728) 2013-11-17 7:12
WOW! I just love this one!
What a spectacular photograph and how very clever of you not only to have taken it so expertly but also to have seen and appreciated this as a possible photograph. Unfortunately for most of us we look but do not see but you have certainly used your eyes here!
Everything about this picture just sings to me! The strong diagonal lines of the supports of the glass roof have a wonderfully modern and graphic quality, in sharp contrast to the more ornate and curvaceous lines of the Victorian building behind. There's also a fine contrast in colours too - the cool green colours on the foreground contrasting well with the warmer tones of the older building.
A wonderfully graphic and pleasing composition, lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and absolutely exquisite details and sharpness best appreciated, of course, at larger size as seen on "beta" TE.
holmertz (39427) 2013-11-17 7:42
This is an original and clever composition, resulting from a good observation. The combination of architectural styles a hundred years apart is very attractive, and the many diagonal and horizontal lines have a strong graphic impact. Most people would probably not consider a photo like this. I wouldn't be surprised if people were watching you, wondering what on earth you were up to.
krzychu30 (15440) 2013-11-17 8:54
creative and for sure quite abstract looking shot!
I´ll just say I love it!The combination of modern looking glass panels and old,classic architecture of Edinburgh makes your composition eye-catching!
Excellently noticed and executed!
Have a nice evening
Keitht (1292) 2013-11-17 12:12
The previous critiques have really pretty much said it all. Most of us probably wouldn't have spotted the possibilities, let alone executed it in such a fabulous way.
It really is one of those comparatively rare images where the main reaction is "Wow".
worldcitizen (6717) 2013-11-17 12:32
I like these kinds of shots that combine new and old elements, and a different POV. The clock tower especially looks nice through the glass canopy, and I like the lines filling the frame from top to bottom. One small detail that I enjoy in this photo is the lone autumn leaf that has settled near the top. It whispers to us that this photo was taken during the fall season.
willperrett (6609) 2013-11-18 0:27
Yes I agree completely: the "point" of this photograph is the interesting contrast between the two styles of architecture. And the beautiful sky helps too. Wasn't this the Monday of the storm that meant my train to London was cancelled and I had to make my way across country to Bristol and find a connection through to Portsmouth?? Clearly Scotland had the best of it!
Nicou (119347) 2013-11-18 1:48
quelle compo et vue sueprbe quel effet ce barre avec le graphisme et la transparence quel effet et la barrière noir au sommet avec ces rond c'est merveilleux sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (28337) 2013-11-18 1:55
I like this very much.
It is a style that I have definitely learned about on TE.
I like how you have placed the two completely different architectural styles in the one shot, so that they work off one another, to create something completely new.
The light and the sharpness are exemplary.
Have a great day,
timecapturer (47354) 2013-11-18 3:12
love the originality of this one and also your creativity at presenting something different from Scotland's capital city. A fascinating mix of old and new elements here that works beautifully. It is an almost crazy mixture of lines and shapes and therein lies the reason why it is compelling and tantalising. Well observed and executed.
Have a great week - B.
jhm (137518) 2013-11-18 4:52
I have a little bit good have to look to everything to understand.
Technical a very good picture with an excellent detailed construction.
You play excellent with light and colours.
Excellent composition, sharpness an clarity make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
mjw364 (7270) 2013-11-18 5:06
Love the kaleidoscopic type effect that the lines have on the background. The visual fragmentation reminds me of a genre of art that I can't quite recall. Really like it.
abmdsudi (41936) 2013-11-18 5:46
This is very artistic shot consists of graphic shapes that fit together well with modern twist to it. Shooting angle and perspective is great in brilliant clarity and shadows with a nice blue skied backdrop. A graphic simplicity capture at its best. Congrats.
Sergiom (57673) 2013-11-18 5:48
J'aime beaucoup cette composition très originale qui joue des formes et des matières dans un effet d'un grand graphiste. Le clocher et le ciel en arrière plan sont magnifiques.
saxo042 (37220) 2013-11-18 7:48
The architecture that is faintly visible in the background is probably more popular among ordinary photographers, but your angle here is definitively more interesting. A very good observation!
subhendu_bagchi (25495) 2013-11-19 1:38
interesting composition. Love the chosen POV which provided nice graphism here. Superb shot. Tfs.
gildasjan (41358) 2013-11-19 9:52
Un très bon point de vue et une composition soignée.Une juste mesure de l'exposition rend les bonnes valeurs des couleurs de cette image.Le cliché est net et parfaitement exposé.
bukitgolfb301 (35214) 2013-11-20 19:29
Hi dear Ann
Sorry for my late reaction.
ya niceattention to usual commodity via your keen inspiration. Yes, another your own style of masteful image clearly signitured by you. So sharp and clear postcard with the best exposure.
All the best and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
rychem (21593) 2013-11-21 8:52
This here is a very creative composition, I like the idea to show the hotel building through the glass, nice repetition of the glass elements
siudzi (32991) 2013-11-21 23:47
The graphical effect of this shot is great and made the scene really attractive. Well seen and composed to achieve a really impressive result. Excellent pic! Like it a lot!
macjake (54830) 2013-11-22 4:50
you're totally teasing me here!
For some strange reason we don't get to see alot of photos of downtown Edinburgh and its architecture....and you're note talks about the Balmoral Hotel, but yet we see only a tiny glimpse of it....Ann...you're making me upset here
any other photos of downtown Edinburgh?
seems like you had an amazing weather-day to take photos too. the sky is perfect.
interesting use of the green glass and the black iron. looks neat.
see you around
mesutilgim (82206) 2013-11-22 9:49
Hello dear Ann,
This one is also the result of a good photographers eye !
Well observed and captured.
In similar cases I often ask myself, how many photographers may have noticed this view but didn't capture it ?
Interesting notes as well.
TFS and have a nice weekend
PS. By the way, Happy Bırthday !!
Silvio1953 (119497) 2013-11-23 6:33
Ciao Anne, great view of fantastic architecture, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
jemaflor (82888) 2013-11-28 23:49
Interesting graphical shot with alla these lines, perfect sharpness and light capture, well made.
adores (35614) 2013-11-29 14:29
It's a very good contrast indeed! And the composition is very good, as well as colours. I like the forged iron and also the graphism formed by the glass! Well seen!
mkamionka (30068) 2013-12-05 5:29
very creative great idea to combine the both structures. Very interesting contrast of old and new. The structure in the foreground provides some interesting geometry with multiple lines and a barrier to partially hide the old stylish tower behind. Blue sky not very typical for Scotland helped here a lot providing some vivid color.
Very well seen and captured,
ikeharel (55200) 2014-08-10 6:02
Good afternoon Ann,
I clearly remember Edinburgh Rr station that is bellow the street level in the valley, and seeing the old houses when looking up. The glass-work is new to me( we were there in 8/1993)and sure gave a whole diff. texture to the place.
You managed a special POV, on a clear day sunshine to bring a unqiue green tone on photo.
Photographer's heaven, this town in my humble opinion.