Taken from Waterloo Place, looking up to Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On top of the hill, on the right, designed by architect William Henry Playfair, is the Dugald Stewart Monument. Dugald Stewart (1753-1828) was Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University.

The Dugald Stewart Monument is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Monument (HB Number 27835).

Behind the Dugald Stewart Monument, on the left (closer to the centre of the shot) is Old Observatory House, the original Old Royal Observatory of Edinburgh. Dating from 1776, it is one of few surviving buildings by James Craig (1744-95), planner of the New Town.

Once housing a camera obscura, Old Observatory House is now being renovated by the Vivat Trust into holiday accommodation. It is now possible to rent the building and it will sleep up to 4 people. A seven night stay from Mon 27th Dec ’10 will cost £1,530, however, there is no point looking as it is already fully booked until next year.

Old Observatory House is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed building (HB Number 27608).

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

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


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

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

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  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Tom, love the details in the stone work on the buildings. Lovely moody looking sky as well.

  • Thank you my friend. Next time you come up, I will take you up Calton Hill …

    – Tom Gomez

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

    I like the HDR work here dear Tom.x

  • Thank you so much dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44about 4 years ago

    Lovely detailed shot of Edinburgh .. my lovely Edinburgh !

  • Thank you kindly my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 4 years ago

    Oh…… it’s beautiful, Tom!!!!!!!!!! really striking!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you dear Jz, Calton Hill is an amazing place …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Racheli
    Racheliabout 4 years ago

    Superb shot, picturesque!That fantastique grayish sky, this is quite impressively submitting Tom :)

  • Thank you kindly Rachel …

    – Tom Gomez

  • marilyn diaz
    marilyn diazabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful picture. Great colors.

  • Thank you Marilyn, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

    An excellent capture Tom.

  • Thank you Don my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Thanks very much Tom, look forward to it.

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot and info Tom.

  • Thank you dear Jacqui …

    – Tom Gomez

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