Edinburgh Christmas markets

Sometimes it’s good to try something different. When my camera club suggested a photowalk to the Edinburgh Christmas markets, I was immediately hooked. I’ve shot the markets twice before – both times over 10 years ago – so I was keen to see if I could see them again with a fresh eye. I took two camera bodies with me. Both micro four thirds, both with prime lenses. It’s a new style of shooting for me, and I was looking forward to finding out how well it would work for me.

It was a bigger challenge than I expected. Even with fast prime lenses, the low light and constant movement made it difficult to capture images that I really liked. My friends reported the same frustrations.

Truth to tell, we didn’t spend much time at the Christmas markets. Once we got started, the photowalk had a life of its own, and since none of us were experienced street photographers, we took a collective decision to challenge ourselves with some street. 

Like most photowalks, my hit rate was about one in eight, but it was fun, I took some photos I wouldn’t normally take, and – happily – I took home a few images that I really liked.

But it wasn’t half cold.

Audi

The coffee drinker

Two friends enjoying a coffee

Reflections

3 thoughts on “Edinburgh Christmas markets

  1. I like the one with the guy’s back in the window, especially the hazy imperfections, and how that strip along the bottom is reminiscent of a light leak in a film camera. Plus, aside from the phone on the table, it could perhaps have been taken any time in the last 30 years…

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    1. Thanks Dan. At least three of us took variations of that scene. It was such a timeless image. I loved my street photography taster: we’ve planned something again for the new year.

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