Almost exactly a year ago while studying in the last year of my HND course I photographed a number of 360- degree panoramas of Birmingham. Some were outdoors, some were indoors but my favourites were of Lichfield Cathedral in Lichfield just north of Birmingham. I did an exhibition at the end of my course with these panoramas and I sold a few of Lichfield Cathedral so after a summer break I moved to Edinburgh and wanted to carry on with these panoramics.
The funny thing about Edinburgh is it’s a really beautiful city, perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in the UK but it’s quite a hard city to photograph. A good part of this is because Edinburgh is such a busy tourist city (I believe after London it’s the second most visited city in the UK by tourists) all of the really photogenic spots are always so busy. My wife worked by Edinburgh Castle for four and a half years and when I used to take her to work at 8am on the Sunday morning the first batch of usually Chinese tourists were already walking down the hill from the castle. Insane! With all of my work commitments and the fact some places are locked up anyway it’s hard to find motivation to go out at stupid-am time to take photos.
But, just recently I asked for permission (which led onto work) to take photos of St John’s Church at the end of Princes Street and I was really happy with the results. So I contacted one of the two big cathedrals in Edinburgh, St Mary’s, to see if I could take more of the same type of photos and they said yes.
Both venues couldn’t be more different on the outside and inside but both are very photogenic. St Johns is much lighter while St Mary’s is a lot darker, more gothic looking, but both were great fun to capture.
As time goes on I’m hoping to do more of these types of photoshoots. As of reading this at the beginning of 2016 I haven’t shot anything like this for a good few years now and don’t even own a fisheye lens right now after switching from Canon to Nikon. But, 2016 is going to be the year where both Liv and I are going to work on more personal projects so who knows what will be popping up on this blog in the future.