Edinburgh based landscape photographer Tom Foster

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Change of webpage address!

I am pleased to announce that my landscape photography website is now located at http://www.edinburghphotography.com! Onwards and upwards hopefully! 🙂

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Lest we forget…

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They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

This photo is composed of 2 shots:
– A standard short exposure
– A longer exposure combined with zooming while shutter open
Then I blended them in Photoshop and used a layer mask to omit the central area of the longer exposure to ensure the subject was sharp. Seems to have turned out reasonably well. Any thoughts?


A Calton Hill sunrise…

Calton Hill (Edinburgh) is full of great photo opportunities and looks great any time of day. I’ve taken quite a few photos there in the evening and got some nice sunsets but it occurred to me that I had never been there at sunrise before.

I set out at 7:15am today to remedy this and got to Calton Hill just before 8:00am (a few minutes before sunrise). It was actually a while later though before I actually saw much light as the Salisbury Crags do a good job of shielding Calton Hill from the early light.

There is of course the classic shot from Calton Hill looking towards Edinburgh castle but I was focusing in the other direction this time. I started out looking at the National Monument. In my opinion it makes a nice photo at any time of day. It was just starting to get light when I took this one:

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I quite liked this silhouette but I felt that the Monument still had more to offer as the light developed. However, my fingers were rapidly losing all sensation in the biting cold and so I felt I would come back later, after seeing what else I could find.

I went round the back of the monument and the light was just beginning to stream through the trees. I didn’t want to miss this one!

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The sun was this point nearly appearing above the top of the Crags and so I headed to the Eastern side of the Crags to look out at Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Palace and the Parliament. This one turned out better than I was expecting actually because the sun was dazzling and I found it difficult to be entirely sure the photo was composed properly! I think the Autumn leaves compliment the colours of the sunrise quite nicely.

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I decided to head back to the monument as things were rapidly brightening up now. I unfortunately got there just as a coach full of tourists arrived and they prevented me getting a clean photo for a while. I feel it was worth the wait though, I really like the colours and the shadows of the columns on the grass.

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Deciding that I had pretty much reached the limit of my ability to endure the cold, I decided to head home. I couldn’t resist getting a picture of the Duke of Wellington statue at the end of North Bridge however. A quick hop over a gate rewarded me with a picture from a slightly different angle, looking up the Bridges from behind the statue.

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What do you think? I was originally planning on heading down towards Leith for a few more photos but decided to leave that for another day. Hopefully the clear skies will hold out, or maybe some dramatic clouds/fog would be nice!


Looking over to Edinburgh Castle from Calton Hill

Another one of those cliched views and another 3 image HDR, taken in early 2012 (snow is still visible on the Pentland Hills in the background). I think this one turned out quite nicely, I have taken a photo from here before and it was featured on the front cover of the Edinburgh University newspaper but I felt like I wanted to improve upon it and I feel this one turned out reasonably well. I’m not always a big fan of HDR, I think it is fine when it isn’t too extreme though (you know the type of picture I mean!)!Image


Brilliant sea and sky on the West Coast near Connel Bridge

This one is from a couple of years ago too (Summer 2010). The weather was wonderful and the flat waters created great reflections. A beautiful area of Scotland, just north of Oban and at the outlet of (the very photogenic) Glen Etive.

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Battery grips

I have a third party battery grip for my D7000 and since it only cost about £30, I would consider it a steal. Given that the Nikon battery grip for the D7000 is selling for between £150 and £200, I find it hard to see why anyone would opt for the more expensive option. I’m sure some people buy Nikon/Canon accessories and nothing else but in this case I feel it is simply unjustified.

There might be some differences in the construction and I believe the Nikon one is more solid but considering that the third party one is around 20% of the price, if it breaks I can buy another one and still be in the position of saving a lot of money. Feature wise, it is identical to the MB-D11 produced by Nikon, very handy- makes the camera feel more substantial and is useful particularly when shooting portrait, plus it was very cheap! I think the only significant differences are that some (early ones) have the dials reversed (relative to the body), the newer ones like mine don’t have this problem however.

I would recommend one to anyone with a DSLR with battery grips available (i.e. the majority of modern DSLRs). The one I purchased was from Amazon, I believe it is listed as ‘Neewer’, although it is actually the ‘Meike’ grip for which there is a lot of information available online.