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Edinburgh City - Pentlands View | by kenny mccartney
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Edinburgh City - Pentlands View

Leaves falling, brisk chilly air, warmer light, and shorter days: Autumn is definitely here. Soon I'll be hard pressed to do any daylight exposures, with blue hour and nocturnal photos reflecting the season. This was taken on a commute diversion at the foothills of the Pentlands, a 20-mile long mountain range to the immediate south of the city: a short hike above Torphin Reservoir offers fantastic sweeping views. This view is of the city centre and beyond, from St. Mary's Cathedral in the west end to Calton Hill and Edinburgh University Old College in the east.


Taken with my longest lens, a 135mm, and cropped even further. Single 65 second exposure, not just to blur the clouds but to bring out some dynamic range in the foreground. For reference, this photo was taken 4.5 miles from Edinburgh Castle, 6 miles from the shore in Leith, and 11 miles from Fife across the bay.


5DII + 135L + BW ND110 + Hoya CPL

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Taken on September 19, 2012