Gillian and friends in Edinburgh

Just a few pictures from my wee trip to Edinburgh during the festival last weekend. My wonderful friend Gillian suggested it to get our two daughters together for a wee bit of fun as well as giving me a chance to talk photography with her friend Jane who is studying the subject. We had just the nicest day together and of course I had my Olympus OMD as a very portable partner in proceedings.

This one is Gillian in a restaurant waiting to be seated. Gillian doesn’t love being photographed so I’m pleased that this one was so natural and lovely.

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Gillian is fond of bold colours, and so when I spotted this equally colourful cafe seating area, I knew there was potential for some complementary colours in a portrait. I love the effect, hugely vibrant.

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This is Gillian’s simply awesome daughter. HB adores her as she is kind and fun. Gillian kindly took the girls on this carousel as I would have been sick for sure.

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This is Jane. We had a great afternoon talking cameras and I had not a little camera envy at her new Canon 5D Mk3. My old Mk2 can’t compete. I liked the leading line of the handrail behind her although the sun shining on it proved to be too distracting and it needed a lot of calming in Lightroom.

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Jane’s partner Craig underneath the castle. This was another attempt to use the fence as a leading line.

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One of Craig and Jane together. There were too many colours fighting in this super-busy background. I took the last refuge of a scoundrel and just de-coloured them.

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Just one street scene showing the “buzz” in the city from the festival.

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This one of the Scott Monument and Princes Street. The sky was beginning to be very kind at this point.

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Sometimes a snap is the most joyful thing your camera should be employed for. The fast glass of the 50mm f1.8 prime certainly means a clean picture in really low light, but what matters is the capture of a fun time together; thanks everyone for our wee day out.

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