MM 3-39 Glencoe Viewpoint

For this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I have decided to submit a monochrome version of one of my favorite shots from our trip to Scotland last Spring. We were on a three-day bus trip to the Isle of Skye and this photo is a view of the next viewpoint up the road in the Glencoe area of the Scottish Highlands.

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Viewing the Three Sisters Viewpoint on Highway A82 in the Scottish Highlands near Glencoe.

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See here for the color version of this photo and for more info on our bus tour. Our bus driver / tour guide pulled over to a lay-by for a few minutes while we waited for some of the vehicles at the crowded viewpoint to leave.  It’s called the Three Sisters Viewpoint and it is about four miles from the village of Glencoe.

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website to see what photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days. She also publishes all the rules and directions you need to follow if you wish to participate in future Challenges.

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MM 3-39 The John Knox House on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

We were wandering along the High Street portion of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile one day last Spring when we came across the John Knox House and Museum. This shot will be my entry to this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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The John Knox House on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

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The house was built around 1470 and is one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh. There is a strong possibility, though, that Knox never lived there. It seems that the house was destined to be demolished in 1849 but someone thought it once was Knox’s residence and so it was spared. But Knox’s main residence was in Warriston Close further up High Street.

Knox was a leader of the Reformation in the 16th century and is considered the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The Church now owns the house and it is part of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.  Admission is 5 pounds (4 pounds for old codgers like me; only one pound for kids). See here for more information.

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Check out her website to see what photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.

 

 

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My First Shot with My New Lens

I know you are all waiting with bated breath to see the results of my Christmas present from Santa (see here).  So without further ado here is my first shot with my new Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art lens:

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MM 3-38 A Royal Mile Selfie

The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is one of Edinburgh’s top tourist attractions. It’s located on the Castlehill section of The Royal Mile just down from the Castle and across from the Scotch Whisky Experience. After we toured the Castle one day last May  we began to wander down the Royal Mile and I happened to notice the mirror and fish-eye lens and –click! — there’s my selfie! This will be my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.

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Monochrome Madness and Adam Smith

A few minutes after I took that shot on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile of David Hume and his big toe (see here) we found ourselves just outside St Giles Cathedral staring at another statue created by the Scot artist Sandy Stoddart. The subject of this statue is another great Scot of the Age of Enlightenment, Adam Smith, called by many the Father of Modern Economics.

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This statue of Adam Smith by the sculptor Sandy Stoddart was unveiled on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in 2008.

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Leanne Cole has decided to skip her Monochrome Madness Challenge this week but I decided to go ahead anyway and post this monochrome picture of David Hume’s good friend.

Adam Smith (1723 – 1790) began his career as a free-lance lecturer in Edinburgh in 1748. In 1751 he acquired the chair of Logic at Glasgow university and a year later he was appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy there. In 1759 he published his Theory of Moral Sentiment. Shortly after he lived abroad as a private tutor for awhile but returned to Scotland in 1765 and proceeded to work on what was to become his masterpiece,  An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

Smith published his work in 1776, the same year his old friend David Hume died. There’s a story that Ben Franklin visited Scotland in 1775 and Smith showed him his manuscript. A year later Thomas Jefferson wrote his Declaration Of Independence and the American Revolution began. And Smith’s book was an immediate success though he received much ridicule from his Tory detractors who still believed in the economics of mercantilism. Smith was appointed Commissioner of Customs in Edinburgh in 1778 and he died in 1790.

In The Wealth of Nations (the abbreviated title is used by just about everyone these days) Adam Smith espouses the concepts of  free trade and the division of labor. The rise of Capitalism in both the US and Britain during the 19th century is usually attributed to this one book by Adam Smith.

This statue was unveiled on July 4, 2008 and Smith has taken quite a beating by the weather and the birds these last eight years. Here’s the original color version:

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The Adam Smith statue is on the Royal Mile just outside St Giles Cathedral.

Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge will be back next week. Don’t forget to check out her website to see the latest monochrome entries. She usually posts the weekly Challenge on Thursdays in Australia (Wednesdays in North America and Europe).

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Thank you, Santa!

No, I didn’t see a brand new Mercedes parked in my driveway on Christmas morning! But I got the next best thing from Santa Claus this year: a Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 lens for my Canon 60D DSLR camera. In fact, it’s really the only thing I asked for this year.

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MM 3-36 David Hume’s Big Toe

One day last Spring when we were wandering along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile I took this shot of the David Hume statue in front of the High Court building. This will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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