The Castle on the Rock by Tom Gomez

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A panoramic view from West Princes Street Gardens taking in the enormity of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh like no other castle in Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle is unequalled in the whole of the British Isles.

There has been a defensive settlement on the Castle Rock since 600 A.D. and excavations beginning in the late 1980s within Edinburgh Castle have proved what was long suspected—that the Castle Rock has been occupied since about 1000 B.C. making it one of the oldest known European settlements. Over three thousand years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock.

Edinburgh Castle is a collection of buildings many of which are Historic Scotland Category A or B Listed Buildings. As an example, Edinburgh Castle Great Hall is Category A listed (HB Number 48220).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Exposure Bias: ± 2
Minor adjustments in Adobe CS4

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in : HDR Photography Group : 25 June 09
Featured in : Canon DSLR Group : 27 June 09
Featured in : Take Me Higher : 3 Aug 09
Featured in :Dimensions : 25 Oct 09

As of 20 Oct 10, this shot has been Favourited 33 times.


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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 5 years ago

    a stunner Tom congrats, love the sky

  • Thank you Philip …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    Stunning capture!!

  • Thank you so much Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkabout 5 years ago

    fantastic capture Tom, stunning in fact and one of the best I have seen

  • Cheers Chris, I took this one today …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago

    OH Ilike this has a horror movie feel to it wonderful work…gina

  • Wow, thank you so much Gina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • joak
    joakabout 5 years ago

    brilliant the clouds set it off pal

  • Cheers Joak, I love cloudy skies …

    – Tom Gomez

  • emanon
    emanonabout 5 years ago

    Wow Tom this is the best ever!!! instant fav, you did the castle proud, surely you must send this in to the Evening News for their photo spot.

  • Wow, high praise indeed, thank you so much …

    – Tom Gomez

  • laminarwind
    laminarwindabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Thank you so much Dragan, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 5 years ago

    this is totally awesome Tom ! a fav for sure

  • Thank you so much dear Elaine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Leigh Nelson
    Leigh Nelsonabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, HDR works so well with this scene, well done! Love the contrast of the shy against the cliff face. My girlfriend is Scottish so this shot reminds me that I need to get over and see her part of the world very soon and from all accounts Scotland is an amazing place to photograph so well and truely enough reason for a trip from Oz.

  • Thank you so much Leigh for your great comment. You would love Edinburgh, the archtecture is amazing and it is not called the Athens of the North for nothing …

    – Tom Gomez

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 5 years ago

    Magnificent! And a favourite of course. Great work,Tom!

  • Thank you so much George and for the fave …

    – Tom Gomez

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