Sunday, 12 December 2010

Photographer makes a big splash at Scottish Parliament.

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Edinburgh, Sat 11th Dec 2010 approx 8.30pm

I had taken a few shots of the Discovery Centre which was lit up in different colours and had then moved onto this location (above).
This is the second last shot before I walked straight into the unlit fountain, right in the deep bit (approx 3ft).
As I stepped onto fresh air this was followed by a huge splash as I fell sideways into the fountain.
I managed to keep my head and Canon EOS 5D mkii above the water but the rest of me got completely soaked as I crashed through the thin ice into the freezing water. I quickly got to my feet and had a quick look around, trying to figure out what just happened


As I squelched my way 200 yards back to my car, my jacket pockets full of water, I started to feel the effects of my cold, wet , heavy clothes.
Fortunately I had my salopettes in the boot and swiftly changed into them. I put my wet boots back on and got into the car with the heater blowing hot air onto my feet.
Eventually as I thawed out, I sat in the car totally gobsmacked by what had happened. How one minute I was happily taking photographs and the next second I'm plunged into the icy depths.
I drove back to the fountain area and parked up next to the bus stop and checked out where and what had just happened.
As you can see from the image above (25 second exposure) the fountain is unlit. There are lights in the water but they were not on. Also from the image (click on it for a larger view) you may notice a half submerged section of crowd barrier in the middle of the fountain, which I may add is at ground level. Nothing to stop anyone from falling straight in.
I'm sure at this point you are trying not to laugh as you read this but somehow I find this unacceptable that this could happen in these days of Health & Safety, and I'm very lucky I did not crack my head on the shallow ledge next to the deep part.
The next thought that struck me was that surely there is CCTV operating in this area and some wee security man was inside the Parliament building watching the events unfold and having a right laugh to himself while thinking of his £250 for 'You've Been Framed' or how many hits he would get on YouTube.
The really down side is that my camera is not working now. Although it is 'waterproof'
and it stayed above the water, it did get splashed with the impact of me hitting the water.
I know this sounds like a comedy sketch but as I look back on events the next day I realise how serious this could have been.


Dear Mr Wild,

I refer to your accident which you describe as having occurred at the ponds on the front concourse of the Parliament premises at approximately 8.30pm on 11th December and which you reported to me on 20th December. In your statement you advised that you had been taking photographs beside the ponds, and stepped sideways while looking at your camera, and without looking where you were placing your feet, as a result of which you fell into the pond. Having considered the circumstances, I find nothing to support the view that the Scottish Parliament is liable for your accident.

While I am sympathetic to your situation, I have concluded that the accident would not have occurred had you taken appropriate care for your own safety, in what you acknowledge in your statement were dark and icy conditions. I am therefore unable to offer any compensation for any loss you may have incurred.

Yours Sincerely,

Jake Fenton. Health & Safety Advisor

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Jacob's ladder

Under the City of Edinburgh on a cold, wet Saturday night. Click on the image to enlarge.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Under the City

It was a cold wet night.....people were above, running in all directions.
I could hear ghastly screams...explosions could be heard nearby and also in the distance.
Under ground, below City level, lived the poor. People who would struggle from day to day trying to survive, to feed themselves, to shelter from the elements. Whilst all the time the rich folks above were basking in luxury, oblivious through choice I may add to all that was going on beneath them. Yes, 'beneath them'. For so many years the rich got richer and the poor got poorer. The tax paying public, of all varieties of wealth and poverty, had been drained completely over the years.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

EICC Building

In Edinburgh for a few days so I'm taking the opportunity to get some night time photography shots. This is the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Ultravox Return to Eden

Below is the link to an article regarding my days with Ultravox.
For those wishing to read it, just click on the link.

Ultravox article

Friday, 5 November 2010

Bruce Findlay

Bruce Finday - Old friend I hadn't seen for a long time.
Nice to catch up after all these years.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Friday, 3 September 2010

Welding Glass Images

All these shots were taken using a £2.99 welding glass attached to the lens hood with Postie man's red elastic bands.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

The Boy who trapped the Sun

T in the Park 2010. Click on the image for a larger view.

Diagram of the Heart

2010 at TITP this is the lead singer of Diagram of the Heart. Click on the image for a larger view.

Lissie at T in the Park

Click on the image for a larger view.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Lissie in Edinburgh

Click on the images for a larger view.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010


The Forth Bridges, from South Queensferry.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Forth Bridge

A storm approaches the bridge from the North Queensferry side.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Evening at the Friarton nature reserve.

A lovely evening sunset over the man made nature reserve found just under the Friarton Bridge outside perth.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Christmas Preparations

Getting ready for Christmas.....2016 maybe. Over 6000 trees being planted by one man over three days.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

The beginning.

Breaking light over the River Tay.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Arbroath harbour wind

Never leave home without your camera, you just never know what you'll see.
Click on the image for a larger view.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Deserted Beach at Iona.

Peace and calm and serenity.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Breached Harbour

Storm over the sea wall at Arbroath harbour.


This was taken from the view point on the Ross of Mull.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Mull & Iona....moments.

Two old friends...together forever? Location - Salen, Mull.
Click on any of the images for a larger view.

Found nearby the grounds of the Abbey on Iona.
A beatiful day with gorgeous scenery.

Tide Out.
This old boat was found on route to the Iona ferry.
At Peace.
These two old wrecks lying on the beach at Salen.
A popular subject for photographers visiting the area.
Tide out, Salen.

Footpath to one of the many white sandy beaches on Iona.

This is one of many shots of the old pier at Salen on the Isle of Mull.
I took many at different tides using different techniques but this one works for me.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Just an out of focus picture with no rlevance at all.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Ma Tay is freezin!

A shot of the River Tay during a bleak winter spell.