The Princes Street funfair has arrived for the winter…great for night time photos!
Helter skelter and big wheel at the Princes Street funfair, Edinburgh
This is my photo for this week’s ‘celebration’ theme at The Gallery. The arrival of the funfair always seems to me like the point where Edinburgh’s Christmas and New year’s festivities start.
The ice rink and street markets have gone and the centre of town is back to being full of shoppers, communters, and office workers on their lunch breaks. Doesn’t it seem quiet?
The city’s Hogmanay visitors have drifted off back home, full of memories of some great celebrations, and for some brave souls, some hefty doses of adrenaline…
I took my tripod out last week, and started playing around with shutter speeds. I’ve seen several variations on this photo taken by other people already, so thought I’d give it a go too. I rather like the way the traffic becomes ghostly.
Big Wheel on Princes Street, in the centre of Edinburgh
If you’ve been into the centre of Edinburgh in the last couple of days, you’ll probably have seen the funfair that has set up near the top of the mound. It’s full of adrenaline surges…particularly on this ride, which uses a couple of huge poles, lengths of elastic and a small metal pod to hurtle two people up into the sky. It’s pretty dramatic at night.
Add in a slow shutter speed, and you get some interesting effects!
I went out this afternoon looking for some photos with a bit of colour…and was drawn back to the funfair at the East end of Princes Street when I noticed that the lights on the big wheel are working again…it’s a fine sight!
The big wheel at the Princes Street funfair in Edinburgh