Edinburger

This weekend didn’t exactly turn out as planned. With The Met Office issuing an amber weather warning, I figured it was safer I give driving to Manchester a miss. All geared up for an adventure, though, I boosted to my sister’s in Edinburgh and proceeded to have one of the best weekends I’ve experienced in a while.

My sister has been telling me about frozen yoghurt since she spent summer in LA a few years ago. I finally got to try it after Edinburgh’s opening of a frozen yoghurt bar, and it was every bit as good as my sister had been telling me. Open one of these in Glasgow, please.

We also stopped off at what is becoming a regular haunt for us, The Chocolate Tree on Bruntsfield Place. They are dog friendly and do a mean hot chocolate.

That’s not all. We drank afternoon cocktails, splurged on steak sandwiches, visited a secret shoe shop (where photos were forbidden) and window shopped at vintage stores. We also did the tourist thing, spending a bit of time on Royal Mile and climbing Arthur’s Seat. A bit of indulgence followed with a lot of fresh air makes for a happy Ashley.

I like visiting Edinburgh, and after this weekend I think I’ll visit even more.

 
 

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

With a sister living in Edinburgh, I’ve come to hear of Arthur’s Seat a fair bit. My sister claims to have ran around it a few times (I don’t believe her), and it’s one of Edinburgh’s top tourist attractions. Despite that, it has taken me until today to finally pay it a visit, and I chose the foggiest, wettest kind of day for it. I even wore a poncho. A poncho.

The top of Arthur’s Seat was covered in a thick, dreamy mist. It meant that the view over Edinburgh became less visible the higher we got, but I took some of the moodiest landscapes I’ve ever shot. I would like to return during the Summer for a different vibe. Oh wait, it is Summer.

 
 

There’s Two of Them Shambles

Shambles Miller, who I photographed last month, is releasing his single this Friday (that’s the 6th of July). I took a photo of him to help promote it. He is releasing both an A and a B side, both with two different vibes that we have tried to portray in this one photo. Hence the two Shambles, pulling different expressions. I had fun taking these, and we knocked ’em out quite quickly while I was on a break from my big girl’s job. Taking photos is fun.

I wonder which one Shambles will use? His single launch is 6th of July at Vespbar in Glasgow, so make sure you come along to support him.

 
 

Deveney

I had a really great evening with Laurence down in my old neck of the woods. The air was so fresh and I had forgotten how quiet it is there. My mum is looking after Indie for the week as I’ll be in Manchester this weekend, so we stopped by to take her a walk after dinner. See? 25 miles from my dog and I still make my Indie: 52 weeks happen.

 
 

Food Fiend

Ryan is my food fiend. We will both maintain that we eat healthily, yet when we get together there will always be cake and hot chocolate.

I was kicking myself today. There was a RAF gathering at George Square, which would have been perfect for some street photography. I only brought one lens with me, though, and that was the 28mm (which was an accident. I thought I had my 50mm with me). In hindsight I’m kind of glad I was lumbered with the wide angle lens. I need to use it more often, and it’s the perfect companion for close-up dog portraits.

 
 

Laura

The best friendships are the ones that require minimal effort to keep strong, in my opinion. Laura used to be a regular face on my blog and Flickr stream, but we fell out of touch for, yesterday being the first time we’ve seen each other since some point last year.  We did a bit of evening street photography, though the light began falling fast at around 8pm, then visited another friend we hadn’t seen for a while. The whole evening was quite spontaneous and exactly what I needed.

 
 

Lunch with Laurence

Laurence took me out for lunch and coffee and Diet Irn Bru and it was good.

 
 

Football Faces

I watched the England vs Italy match in Maggie Mays with Big Ry, Wee Ry and Reid. I shot these at ISO 6,400 (minus the outdoor one, naturally) on the MKIII. I left the noise untouched in post-pro so you can see how the MKIII fairs at high ISO. S’alright.

And the football, yeah. Well, with my mum’s boyfriend being from Sheffield, I was rooting for England to win. This is unusual for a Scot and the whole pub seemed behind Italy. I’m not a big football fan at all, though, but I am enjoying catching the occasional game.

Afterwards we gatecrashed a 21st Birthday party at 13th Note. It was bizarre. I’m looking forward to work in the morning. It’s just past midnight and I am going to stop talking now.

 
 

A Bit Of A Shambles

Shambles Miller is a talented singer/songwriter from Glasgow. I’ve heard his songs and they are witty and funny and good. In preparation for his single release on the 9th of July, we took some photos of him in Govan. I told him to “just trust me” with the yellow, flower things (they’re not very masculine). We didn’t spend as much time taking photos as I would have hoped because I had dropped my bank card, which is never very good.

 
 

The Scottish Fashion Awards

Yesterday evening, I had my first opportunity to play paparazzi at the Scottish Fashion Awards. It turns out I was way underprepared in my first attempt at photographing the red carpet. Grown men bring stepladders, which gave all 5’6 of me no chance at a decent view. That’s okay, I’ll just frame the VIP’s with shoulders and heads and hats.

Admittedly I didn’t recognise most of the attendees, but this is because I have very little fashion sense and don’t read glossy magazines. I was most excited about seeing Alexa Chung and Karen Gillan, the latter failing to make an appearance when I was there. My sister got her picture taken with Karen, though, as she was attending the actual events.

So yes, what follows are unconventional photos of celebrities and paparazzi shoulders.

 
 
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