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Edinburgh Castle Esplanade Seating

August 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Edinburgh Tattoo Stadium at nightReaching OutBlue and white night sky

Ready for business, image John Gilchrist

Let The Light Out

Light breaks out and the night sky is lit up in an awesome display of starburst lighting from the seated area on Edinburgh Castle esplanade. The seating structure a spectacular arrangement in itself. As night falls the lighting beams out over the many national flags that stand proud reaching-out into the nigh skyline. Lucky ticket holders will have paid top dollar to invest in the best entertainment show the Festival period offers. What a night the each ticket holder will have in store, The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is renowned the world over as a top attraction during the Edinburgh International Festival.

Ticketed Event

Saturday events offer two performances during the evening. 


Blood Moon Edinburgh - Longest Bloodmoon Eclipse over Edinburgh

July 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Forth Bridge Scotland Blood Bridge Blood BridgeAlternative moon shot!

Bloodbridge 1, Bloodmoon 0

Well last night’s blood moon sighting over Edinburgh was non-existent, from my perspective anyway. By all accounts I don’t think there would have been many options to observe the astronomical event, regardless of location. With thunderstorms looming the skies where ideal for thunder and lighting images, something I was most definitely not geared up for. Nonetheless, my blood moon hunt didn’t go unrewarded, I left with a the Forth Bridge in a lovely shade of red.

Updated 29/07/2018

Sometimes the unexpected just grabs you

Lo and behold, 48hrs later whilst out for a sunset over Edinburgh I was treated to red moon rising as I looked over the east coast. From my location on Blackford Hill the clouds offered that extra element to add that little bit of drama. Taking in Liberton, Midlothian to an East Lothian direction.

Red Moon Rising - Belated Blood Moon IMG180729EdinburghPhotographer0002JGOut For BloodThe whole of the moon...

If You Want Blood, image John Gilchrist

Tree Grasslands Bonnyrigg - Tree Savanna Midlothian

July 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Lion King TreeSilhouette of Solitary Tree in Midlothian ScotlandNOT Hell's Gate National Park Kenya but sunny Scotland itself.


Magical Midlothian - Savanna Scotland

Lion King Tree Looky Likey

No, it’s not the Serengeti or Hell's Gate National Park in Kenya that the Lion King Movie was based around. In fact, it’s a tree found in Scotland UK. I took advantage of a setting summer sun to capture the most amazing sundown image over the grasslands of Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. What a glorious evening it was and a pleasure to watch nature just do its thing.


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Crispy Horizon - Nuclear Explosion on The Horizon

June 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Sun NukeNuclear SunriseAtomic sun rising over a treetop horizon

Scorched Earth

No, a nuclear-bomb hasn’t gone off, the crispy horizon is the sun rising over the treetops, the sky explodes in a burnt orange glow.

Should've Gone to Specsavers, Pick Your Own On Another Level

May 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Box of fire extinguishers, image John GilchristFoam & PowderQuench the fire with these red beauties.

Okay I’m taking it to another level, it’s that time of year again when picking your own fruit becomes an option. However, I didn’t go for the usual variety of strawberry this year. Not too sure when the fire extinguisher variety come into season, maybe I was just lucky, got this basket of assorted fire extinguishers on a beautiful day when the sun was out. Some crackers and decent sized ones in there too, you don’t get many of them to the pound!


Photo blog, it's a phoblographer thing!PhobloggingWhen blogging and photography come together, the art of a phoblographer! Welcome to J's photoblog, explore, view my photographs and read some of the info that complements my privileged presence at some of the wonderful weddings and commercial projects I attend in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland, from the Northerly regions down to the Scottish Borders commissions can vary in degree from small conference events to those memorable grand weddings. 

Due to the nature of blogging, inevitably personal photo creations end up here too, enjoy.

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