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The Spy Glass on the Hill

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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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

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Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.

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

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