Out for a pleasant days shooting on a rather grey winters day on 7th February 2010 with some other RB members in Edinburgh Scotland.

Nelson’s Monument on the crest of Calton Hill, replaced an existing mast with a signal-tower high enough to be visible to ships on the Firth of Forth and commemorates Admiral Lord Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. it is shaped like a spy glass, and from the top (unlike Nelson himself, who saw no ships) you can see the ships on the River.

The stone structure is 106 ft high with 143 steps from a base 456 ft above sea level. The really smart aspect of this tower is the time signal installed at its top in 1852 to enable ships’ captains to set their chronometers accurately. A large time-ball drops on weekdays, at 12pm in Winter and 1pm in Summer coinciding with the firing of Edinburgh Castle’s One o’Clock Gun.

Information supplied by Wikipedia.

Nelson’s Monument is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 27823).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.

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  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    More and more I wanna see your town Tommy !

  • Not my town John, Edinburgh is about 10 miles (16 km) from my town (South Queensferry). Glad you like the shot …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Great shot and great info, Tom. As kids, we never tired of the “One o’clock gun” and watching the ball drop. I was lucky – I was just up the road at the Royal High. Thanks for the memories!

  • Thank you Mike, happy to remind you of old times …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 4 years ago

    fantastic capture Tom

  • Cheers Chris, always appreciated my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    Tommy , this is wonderful to view and to read about…. I hope to see this one day… wonderful to see your world, even from my seat here in America. Your history is so interesting and you have a wealth of information just sitting in your head waiting for the right moment to fling it at us…… I wish I could remember it all but heavenly days….. that will never happen!!!! Great image here, perfectly captured… actually showing reverence with the skies casting it’s unrest!! FAV!!!

  • Thank you dear Jz, one of these days I must climb the tower and gets some shots from the top. I will wait for the summer when the skies are clearer or perhaps we can do it together when you come over.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    what a wonderful capture here Tom, and great narrative.x

  • Thank you so much dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    Hi Tommy… would love to climb up in this tower with you…. will I need to bring my oxygen mask???? I’m an old gal you know!!!!! hehe

  • You will be just fine, there are only 143 steps and you must be super fit from going to the gym …

    – Tom Gomez

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • David Smith
    David Smithover 4 years ago

    Well Tom with a shot like this it makes me realise just how lacking my education has been,this is excellent with an accurate history of the monument, Regards Dave.

  • So glad you like it Dave, one of these days I must go inside …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    Stunning capture Tom!

  • Thank you Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

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