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The Last Drop is a popular pub in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The name does not refer to a drink as you may think, but rather it eludes to the fact that until as recently as the 1800s, public hangings used to take place in the Grassmarket, opposite today’s location of the pub.

Before the invention of the modern Gallows, hangings were a crude affair, just a rope over a tree branch, a barrel to stand on and a stout man to kick the barrel away. The prisoner would be offered a last drop (of whisky_) from the Last Drop (pub_) before suffering a last drop (at the end of a rope).

Taken while out for a pleasant days shooting on a lovely Spring day (8th May 2010) with some other RB members.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.7.

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

Featured in : CELTIC REALM : 26 May 10

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  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartover 4 years ago
  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful shot Tom and a great story behind the image, great work as always my friend.

  • Thank you so much dear Lynne. There are so many wonderful stories from Edinburgh, it is such an amazing place …

    – Tom Gomez

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture and colour contrast, and interesting although a little scary history lol

  • Thank you kindly trudi, but you have no idea, the history of Edinburgh is steeped in blood; massacres, battles, murderers, grave robbers and much more …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Very interesting history and image.. Beautiful image with so much contrast in colors..

  • Thank you dear Carol …

    – Tom Gomez

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Will be visiting in September for a week, would love some gory places to visit makes it more interesting lol

  • You will be spoiled for choice, Edinburgh is an easy city to get around, it is very compact, you really can walk everywhere.

    Shame that you are coming in September, I will be on holiday in Greece, however, I’m sure there will be lots more RB folk who would love to meet you.

    Look here:
    Mercat Tours
    Auld Reekie Tours
    Cadies & Witchery Tours
    The Real Mary King’s Close

    – Tom Gomez

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    Varinia - Gl...over 4 years ago

    Lovely shot Tom, love the red trimmings and those cobble stones, always enjoy reading your stories….I don’t think you’d ever run out of interesting things to shoot in your area.

  • Thank you kindly Varinia. There are lots of areas I have not even touched yet …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lynn Stratton
    Lynn Strattonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot and bit of history! I like the bright red paint against the old stone facade. :)

  • Thank you Lynn, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    beautiful capture~love the red color!

  • Thank you dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Now I want to visit again!! Beautiful HDR work, Tom.

  • Thank you so much Wendi, please come again, but let me know when you do …

    – Tom Gomez

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 4 years ago

    Love your countries history and architecture. Nice work in this one.

  • Thank you so much Sonia, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

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