I recently returned to Edinburgh for the first time in over seven years and, honestly, I’d forgotten how much I love this city. The capital of Scotland is built on the remains of an extinct volcano, evident by the huge castle dominating the skyline and Arthur’s Seat hiding in plain sight just past Holyrood Palace. Edinburgh’s Old Town is full of medieval buildings, homely pubs and almost too many souvenir shops. On ground level, the New Town is full of Georgian buildings and all of your standard high street shops. Everywhere you look, there’s something to catch your eye and point your camera at.
As I was only in Edinburgh for two days, I tried to pack my camera gear as light as possible. It’s not really a problem with the Fujifilm X-T2 as it barely weighs anything. Most of the time this was combined with the 23mm f/2 prime lens which, as I’ve said so many times, really is the perfect combination. I did carry two other lenses around with me; the 10-24mm f/4 and 56mm f/1.2. I love a wide angle lens for capturing architecture. Edinburgh is full of incredible buildings and colourful streets that just lend themselves to that wide-angle distortion! Most of the photos I took in Edinburgh were actually with the wide-angle lens. I took the 56mm lens, which is a fantastic portrait lens, just to see how it managed on the streets. It doesn’t focus that fast so it’s not ideal. However, wide open at f/1.2 you find that the subject really pops!
I found that my JPEG settings, mostly Classic Chrome, captured the rustic feel of Edinburgh perfectly. If you haven’t been to Edinburgh yet, hopefully these pictures will make sure you get it booked in!
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