Last week The Delightful Mr F and I went to Edinburgh for a short break. I will admit to being, annoyingly excited about this trip. Firstly, I love Edinburgh, I met the Delightful Mr F when we both worked in Scotland, so it has lovely memories. Secondly, we went on the Caledonian Sleeper Train. This has been on my wish list ever since I read Murder on the Orient Express. I simply couldn't imagine anything cooler than getting on a train in one city, going to sleep and waking up in another.
We arrived at Edinburgh Waverley Station at about 0730 in the morning, refreshed from a really nice sleep in our snug cabin. The overnight travel meant we had a whole day to spend, before checking in to our hotel. First things first, we headed off for breakfast at Tani Modi* to fuel our day. I had decided that this was going to be a one camera holiday. I had dithered over what to take, but in the end had gone with the little Fuji X70, and I really did work it hard.
The weather was typically British in that it changed every ten minutes. Rain, sun, wind, we had the lot. On the first day we walked about 11 miles. The town is split into two halves, the Old Town and The New Town. The Old Town, where the castle is located is, as you might expect, very, very old, and retains the medieval layout. It has cobbled streets, and dark alleyways where murders, thieves and body snatchers used to lurk in days gone by*. This all makes for very atmospheric photography opportunities.
Each evening we went out and did some night photography***. This is when I really pushed the little X70. I ramped up the ISO to 6400, dropped the shutter speed way down to between 1/15th and 1/30th of a second, braced against walls and lampposts and gave it a go. It isn't easy as the highlights are really bright with streetlights and shop windows and the shadows really dark. I had a lot of "almost brilliant" shots which were ruined by camera shake and blur, but at least I learned from it. The night shots are grainy, and I suspect if I had used my X100F I would have had less noise as the sensor is better in low light, but even still I am pleased with them.
The following day, we walked another 10 miles, around and about in the museums and art galleries, and finally ending up at the top of Carlton Hill overlooking the city as the sun started to go down. As you can see, I added a couple of shots to my collection of staircase photos.
Edinburgh is a gorgeous place, get there if you can.
*Seriously good breakfast to be had here!
** It is all perfectly safe now!
*** Incidentally, The Delightful Mr F, a very experienced 35mm film shooter, tried his hand at iPhone Photography on his iPhone 8 Plus. Turns out he's darned good at it. Perhaps I should do Delightful Mr F Retrospective on the blog one day.