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Fall Over Edinburgh | by kenny mccartney
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Fall Over Edinburgh

Fall is now in full effect. Shorter days, lower sun, warmer light, lots of color on the trees.


I'm on a mission to find rooftop access (granted or not) in the city centre, in an effort to find new perspectives and unique shots. Luxury department store Harvey Nichols offers this view from their 4th floor cocktail bar, but this was taken 1.5 floors above on the roof. The risk proved worth the reward, giving me this view over New Town, my favorite park, and several of Edinburgh's landmarks.


Single frame, 100 seconds, shifted, and then significantly cropped (to roughly 35mm) for composition. Of course, this was a very busy scene: hundreds of people in any given frame, and dozens of buses on the move (George Street is a primary bus route with the Princes Street closure). But the long exposure erases the hustle and gives it a serene appearance.


5D II + TSE 24L II + BW ND110 + Hoya CPL


Available for licensing on Getty Images

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Taken on September 24, 2011