Dublin Street corner

A Dublin Street Corner

… in Edinburgh, no less.

This particular Dublin Street corner is at the bottom of the steep hill down from York Place. An easy walk from where the Edinburgh trams currently terminate. Although, I would caution against the walk back. Especially if you’re lugging a suitcase.

Look. at the first excerpt. You’ll see a detail which immediately attracted me to the view – one of Edinburgh’s antique street lamps. And, from the visible sign, you can work out exactly where this view is.

With bare branches creeping into the top right, you might guess the time of year. However, the sky over this Dublin Street corner should be a dead giveaway. Provided you know what’s hung at the Scottish National Gallery every January.

Mind you, this isn’t the first piece I was told had “Turner skies”. When I put my piece Lights on Bellevue in for framing, I received that rather nice compliment. Along with a little enlightenment; I’d not known the National Gallery is required to hang their donated Turner collection during January.

I’ve yet to add that piece on the site. Dublin Street corner took priority. Since it’s currently on display. Pop into Joseph Pierce’s bar, at the bottom of Elm Row, for a look. I’ve several other pieces hanging there. Including a dramatic A1-sized poster print of Fettes’ College.

Later today I should have copies of this up in the shop. Firstly, I’ll be offering 12″ x 16″ fine art giclée prints. However, this is suitable for printing at much larger sizes. Get in touch if interested in a bespoke version. I’m happy to quote based on budget; and, will ship to almost anywhere.

The framed copy of Dublin Street corner on display in Joseph Pierce’s bar is priced at £120. Unframed copies of the signed limited edition (of 50) are £35.

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Starting a piece

Just starting on this

This is just before starting on “stage two” of developing an image for print. I take multiple shots of a subject, and “stage one” is developing those from digital negatives and combining them.

That process usually takes up to a half-day.

The above two images – my starting point for “stage two” – show one version blended for rich, almost over-saturated, colour. The other is for high detail.

Next, those then go through several open-source (GNU/Linux) image manipulation programs. Nothing gets touched by Photoshop. For a simple scene that’s probably going to be at least another day’s work to produce a multi-layered image file for printing at around A3 size. Sometimes, that’s the starting point for an even-more complex set of edits to emphasise specific details. That can involve up to a week’s work depending on the edits needed.

So, in other words, these two images could be more than a week away from being completed. Nothing when compared to the larger panoramic images I produce. Those can take more than a week to get to “stage two”.

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Bute House Streetlights

Bute House Streetlights

Bute House in Edinburgh is the official residence of the First Minister, currently Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP.

I captured this image back in February, but hadn’t got around to looking at the RAW files – let alone processing them – until now.

Bute House was taken off the Secretary of State for Scotland – a Westminster politician – in 1999; when the Scottish parliament was reconvened after nearly 300 years.

It’ss one of the ‘showpiece’ buildings of Edinburgh’s New Town. if you’ll pardon the joke – it’s an Adam’s. The city’s Provost commissioned plans for Charlotte Square from Robert Adam in 1791. Dying the following year, others completed the work. As one of the first parts constructed, on the north side of Charlotte Square, Bute House is considered faithful to the designs drawn up by Adams.

Edinburgh continued to grow from that point on, but this was one of the later buildings which can be considered part of the New Town.

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