Leaving the house at 5.10 in the morning, I forgot my big camera when I went up to Scotland for a few days last week. I was left struggling with my phone camera, which was very frustrating as there were just so many interesting things that I wanted to capture. But I managed.
Although I’d been to Edinburgh before, I didn’t remember very much about it, so it was interesting to go around and explore the winding, cobbled streets of the old town. I’d love to go back and ferret around more in the little alleys and courtyards that they call ‘closes’ up there and explore more of the city’s ancient architecture. One thing doesn’t surprise me: that J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter here. There’s just so much inspiration in the very fabric of the place.
From Edinburgh, we moved on to the Kingdom of Fife, only a short distance away across the Firth of Forth. I drove over the Forth Bridge and, although I’d heard on the radio that they had finished painting it, it certainly looked like they were still at work. Perhaps it’s the rail bridge they finished?
The university town of St Andrews was obviously very ancient with plenty of buildings dating back to the early seventeenth century but its present day incarnation is far too twee for me (and lacking an apostrophe, too upsetting for words…).
Anstruther was also a lovely find and we walked along the Fife Coastal Path from there to Crail – a real town with real people and a zero chintz factor.
With the exception of the lobster pots, the pictures on this page are all just as they came off my phone apart from some cropping because iPhone photos are too square for my liking. But I discovered by chance that if you edit images you’ve taken on the phone (this is an iPhone, I’m talking about) first – doing only minimal adjustment – and save them, then they are editable as Raw in Photoshop once they’re on your computer. Obviously, this can’t make them into better pictures, nothing can. But as the iPhone really isn’t very brilliant at subtlety, this at least it gives you a greater possibility of making improvements than the straight-up Photoshop options do, which is all you get if you do a straight upload from your phone. Next time, I really must remember to take the DSLR.