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The Castlegate in the driving rain by Tom Gomez

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Aberdeen’s Mercat Cross (built 1686) stands in the Castlegate, originally the site of Aberdeen Castle Gates until its destruction in 1308, in Aberdeen, Scotland, located centrally at the east-end of the city’s main thoroughfare, Union Street.

This open-arched structure, 21 ft (6 m) in diameter and 18 ft (5 m) high, comprises a large hexagonal base from the centre of which rises a shaft with a Corinthian capital, on which is the Royal Unicorn. The base is highly decorated, including medallions illustrating Scottish Monarchs from James I to James VII.

Established from the 12th century, market crosses were traditionally the symbol of a Burgh’s right to trade and were placed at the centre of a town’s Market Place. They were also the place where important announcements were made and where public punishments were applied.

On the left of the shot is the New Town House (built between 1868 and 1874), the headquarters of the City Council. It is one of the most splendid granite edifices in Scotland, in Flemish-Gothic style in recognition of close trade links between Aberdeen and Flanders. In the vestibule of the entrance corridor stands a suit of black armour, believed to have been worn by Provost Sir Robert Davidson, who fought in the Battle of Harlaw in 1411. The 210 ft (64 m) West Tower, with its prominent bartizans, commands a fine view of the city and surrounding country.

In the centre of the shot, on the corner of Castle Street and King Street stands the old North of Scotland Bank (built 1839-42). This building, with its imposing corner entrance of four giant order composite columns, and statue of Ceres above, is now a pub named after its original architect.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2.1.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Sony 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 zoom


Featured in : Architecture – The British Isles : 10 Aug 12
Featured in : THE GROUP : 27 Aug 12
Featured in : City Life is the only Life : 10 Oct 12

Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland.

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  • Fara
    Faraover 2 years ago

    Very intriguing image Tom…………………x

  • Thank you dear Joyce …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    Tom..A SUPER trooper!!
    (did you see my extra info for you here ?? )

  • Thank you my friend, the first upload from my new camera …
    Thank you for the information, I will look out for Katy, Si and Chris when we get on board …

    – Tom Gomez

  • joak
    joakover 2 years ago

    this is great work bud superb treatment with the usual magic info!

  • Cheers mate, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    ..Sony ??????….
    Whatabout Cnon Tom ??

  • I have had trouble with my 60D for some time. There is always oil on the sensor. I have cleaned it a dozen times but it keeps coming back. I spend too much time cleaning up the files in Photoshop also I decided to get a smaller camera for the cruise. The NEX-7 is 24.3MP and has a great spec but is half the size and weight of the 60D …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    Super work, Tom. I do hope your camera didn’t get too wet!

  • Cheers David, I was very careful of the camera …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a rain shot from you Tom! :) My brother and his family lived in Aberdeen for 5 or 6 years last century….I can see why they loved/loathed it, lol! They left hot dry Perth in Aus and landed in wet freezing Aberdeen…. It’s a grand shot though, and a beautiful city!

  • Actually, this is one of my first rain shots, It was raining so heavily, I liked the effect …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 2 years ago

    It’s still a beautiful city, no matter what the weather!! A great shot Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Chritine, I agree …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 2 years ago

    For a second I thought this was Venice Tom!
    Superb artwork :o)

  • Cheers my friend, I thing Aberdeen gets more water from the sky – hehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 2 years ago

    Does look a bit wet , great shot Tom x

  • It was pouring down Irene, we got soaked through …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinover 2 years ago

    Lovely work Tom

  • Thank you so much Karen …

    – Tom Gomez

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