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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 20

The last image from my Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018 set https://www.iancylkowski.com/southeast-scotland-summer-2018/

Edinburgh Castle is a wonderous spectacle. It sits atop a 140m/460ft tall ancient volcanic plug called—appropriately—Castle Rock. The crag is made of super-hard dolerite, which resisted glaciation and erosion over millennia. There’s been human occupation on the rock since the 2nd century AD, but the castle itself has been there since the 12th century.
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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 19

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The Roof Terrace on top of the National Museum of Scotland provides you with a full 360° view of the city of Edinburgh. “Spectacular” doesn't even cut it. But getting compositions from up here can actually prove quite tricky, and the reason is because the terrace is fenced off by 3ft-deep walls that have a variety of Scottish flora growing for educational purposes.
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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 18

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I set up for this composition in even light conditions due to the overcast sky but as soon as I started shooting sunlight was “scanning” across St. Abbs Head, highlighting individual elements in my composition. I waited for the light to reach the cliff face then took my shot. I took a few different compositions from this spot, but this particular frame ended up being my favourite.
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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 17

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This composition was taken from the roof terrace of the National Museum of Scotland. Excellent views of Edinburgh can obtained from here, especially the view towards Edinburgh Castle. I opted for this more unusual composition looking towards Arthur’s Seat and beyond.
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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 16

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It’s hard to convey the size and presence of the cliffs of St. Abbs Head, unless you include references that people can relate to. Between the red sea stack on the left and the green cliff on the right you can make out the tiny shape of a tourist boat. Hopefully that’ll help place you in the scene and give you a sense of scale. Also, if you were to zoom in on the red sea stack, you can pick out the white dots dotted all over the cliff. Those are gulls and gannets.
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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 15

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Looking down from the top floor of Animal World in the National Museum of Scotland. Perhaps a little less busy than composition no. 6, which was taken from the entrance, but nevertheless there’s a lot happening. Enjoy wandering around the “chaos” of this photo. Take your time.
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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 14

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A simple composition of Biel Water river cutting through Belhaven beach to join the Firth of Forth. In the distance is, yes you guessed it, Bass Rock. It’s probably the most conspicuous part of the East Lothian horizon. I think I’d like to check out the island properly one day. Just gotta be prepared to be covered in guano.
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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 13

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There are seemingly endless compositions that can be found around St. Abbs Head. This one I shot heading north along the clifftops, looking down a narrow gully with wildflowers everywhere, sheer cliffs, gnarly sea stacks, and hazy clouds stretching into forever.
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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 12

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A more “traditional” landscape composition, shot merely a ruler away from the foreground rocks. Again I was primarily attracted to this scene because of the colour contrast: blue sky and water against ochre/yellow rocks and lichen, but also I enjoyed the symmetry between the two “islands” in the distance reflected in the two yellow crags of the nearby boulders. This was shot at Yellowcraig beach. I can see why it’s called that.
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Southeast Scotland: Summer 2018, No. 11

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Around the coast of Dunbar I found this sculpted and wavey red sandstone that had formed a tiny “harbour” full of smooth stones and pebbles. Apart from digging the shapes and lines of this composition, I also shot the image for its colour contrast between the red sandstone and the more cyan tones of the pebbles. Scenes like this remind me: not everything has to be a grand vista.
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