Edinburgh based landscape photographer Tom Foster


Edinburgh Zoo: King Penguins

The zoo is a great place for animal photography (well…some of the time), I would never have a chance to photograph penguins otherwise, at least not in the near future! It doesn’t even have to be obvious that it is an animal in captivity, courtesy of depth of field and careful composition.

I was quite happy with this picture (and in fact have it printed and on my wall now), I’m half debating whether it matters that the beak is out of focus or not. I think it would have been harder to isolate from the background and the picture would have been less effective with a smaller aperture (i.e. higher f stop). At any rate, the eyes are in focus and that’s what I would be more interested in!

This was taken with my D3000 a while back and unfortunately last time when I visited the zoo (with D7000), the penguins were not in Edinburgh zoo as their enclosure was being cleaned or renovated (not sure which) so I couldn’t try to improve upon my penguin photography! There’s always next time!

Edinburgh in Miniature

This one is taken from the top of Scott’s monument, a great place to get a unique view of Princes Street. Unfortunately I don’t own a tilt-shift lens so it’s only a digital miniature effect, I think it turned out quite well though (and was featured on Flickr’s ‘Explore’ page at one point).

Winter panorama of the Meadows, Edinburgh

This is a large panorama (7% full size here) , made up of 14 individual shots. I took this the winter of 2010/2011, I remember looking to my right and saw this huge, impressive, developing cloud formation and being thankful I had my camera! Out of the photos I have taken so far, I think this is still one of my favourites!Image

Summer Chronophage clock (National Museum of Scotland)

Whether you find this clock without hands or numbers creepy or not, it makes a good subject for a photo! The chronophage (time eater) walks along the rotating outer ring and snaps its jaws shut every minute to signify ‘eating the minute’. Interestingly, it was designed by the inventor of the kettle safety switch (which turns the kettle off once the water has boiled). It’s sat in an egg shaped recess and is backlit, hence the slightly odd shadows.

Edinburgh Castle from the Vennel (HDR)

For those of you that don’t know…

“A vennel is a passageway between the gables of two buildings which can in effect be a minor street in Scotland and the north east of England”

This one is more famous than most perhaps and is a great area to get a slightly less (albeit still significantly) clich├ęd view of the popular landmark. This particular shot was taken in the early evening about a month ago. I took 3 exposures (-2EV, 0EV and +2EV) and merged them to HDR using Photomatix 4 (a program which I find to be more much easier to get a good result from than Photomatix 3!). I’m quite pleased with the result but I would quite like to return there when it is a bit darker as I suspect the lights being on would improve the photo. A good sunset illuminating the sky behind the castle would also be nice.