Picture This: Sunset in Edinburgh’s New Town

by Keith Savage · 15 comments


Climbing up the back of Hanover Street, the Old Town hovers in the sky like a mirage from a distant age. To my right, shooting down George Street, the sun crashes to the earth again. Its wake reminds me of the last vibrant flashes of a fever dream. Everything is cast either in the gauzy pastels of fantasy or sharp, black silhouettes.

The symmetry of the moment stills me.

A statue of William Pitt the Younger, little more than a somber outline, stares at a castle in the sky. Edinburgh overflows with such contrasts. Precious metals ripple to the horizon chased by a sky black as the night sea. It’s little wonder so many boundless imaginations harbored here. My own creative sails have pulled taught in these mystic drafts.

Photos from my travels are available to browse and for sale at Traveling Savage Photos.

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SimonaNo Gravatar July 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

This is such a beautiful picture, I love the colors! I wish to go back there soon!

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Dave and DebNo Gravatar June 25, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Gorgeous Photo and I love your description below. It brought me right into the moment.

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de VOCNo Gravatar April 20, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Perfect snap πŸ™‚

Should get my camera and gear to Edinburgh (at the moment visiting Amsterdam)

Keep those pics coming πŸ™‚

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jadeNo Gravatar April 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM

lovely shot! love the blues and yellows together.

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Dalene - Hecktic TravelsNo Gravatar April 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Beautiful shot! Will be in this corner of the world soon…can’t wait!

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Hi Dalene, when and where are you going in Scotland?

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RaymondNo Gravatar April 17, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Edinburgh is the most awesome of places — great shot!

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JenNo Gravatar April 17, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Your photography is fantastic, viewing your pictures makes me miss home all the more.

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 18, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Hi Jen, which part of Scotland are you from?

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ChristineNo Gravatar April 15, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Gorgeous photo!

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Roy | cruisesurfingzNo Gravatar April 15, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Excellent contrast!

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KatherinaNo Gravatar April 15, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I love the contrast between the black and the light sky….

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 16, 2011 at 9:38 AM

That’s really what makes this shot, but I also like the symmetry of the domed buildings on either side.

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Katrina MauroNo Gravatar April 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Beautiful!! Great composition! And I love that bird at the top of the photo too…such a great detail!

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

I have so many birds hanging out in my photos from Edinburgh – I kinda like ’em too πŸ™‚

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