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2012 (Part 1)

Kia Ora Fellow Gallopers,

Another year’s come and gone – a year that was packed with events ranging from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to the London Olympics to the US Presidential election. The aftershocks of the economic crisis continued to rock the world economies and the world was to have ended this year.

While being a silent spectator to the atrocities that one fellow human inflicts on another, this beautiful planet that we call Home sent out very clear signals to us, by way of storms and super storms,  that we will have to bear the consequences of our bad and reckless stewardship of her.

As the curtains come down on 2012, I thought I’d showcase some of our most highly rated* images from the past 12 months. Hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed making them:

January 2012:

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February 2012:

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March 2012:

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April 2012:

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May 2012:

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June 2012:

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Look out for Part 2 tomorrow…

Till then, take care and gallop free.

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* – All the images in this post were showcased on our Facebook Page as part of our ‘Picture of the Day’ feature and were highly rated by the most important and valued viewer of all – You.

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Royal Botanic Garden Photo-walk – Edinburgh (Part 2)

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are the rest of the images from the Photo-walk at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh organised by the Edinburgh Digital Photography Meetup Group.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Royal Botanic Garden Photo-walk – Edinburgh (Part 1)

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Last Sunday was a glorious day weather-wise and hence decided to go along to a Photo-walk at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh organised by the Edinburgh Digital Photography Meetup Group.

Showcased below are a few images I managed to capture during the Photo-Walk. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed making them:

Feel free to drop by tomorrow to see Part 2 of this post wherein I’ll post up the rest of the images from the Photo-walk.

Till then, take care and gallop free.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, the world’s largest art festival, concluded in Scotland’s capital city on the 27th of August 2012.

The Festival – which caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, exhibitions and events – takes place every August for three weeks. One of the best spots to visit, over the Festival period, is the Royal Mile where hundreds of performers congregate daily to promote their acts as well as to offer sneak previews of their shows.

Showcased below are images captured on the Royal Mile:

A performer from a dance and physical theatre drama called Echo and Narcissus, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, promoting her theatre’s act on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A performer, on the Royal Mile (Edinburgh, Scotland), getting ready to promote her act: More Light – A lyrical piece that combines art, love, violence, beauty, sacrifice and cannibalism – part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012.

More Light – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

More Light – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Kris & Alix…

Kris & Alix – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Kris & Alix – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Plastic Beach…

7,200 yellow rubber ducks fall into the ocean, spreading like confetti. Inspired by true events, Plastic Beach follows the story of Ebbis, a lonely beachcomber who devotes his life to tracking where these friendly floatees have come to shore.

Plastic Beach – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Soldier…

Soldier follows one young man’s journey from the violent gangs of the ghetto to the discipline and comradeship of the military, and explores the ideas of love, sacrifice and redemption.

Soldier – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Soldier – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eye of a Needle…

IndigoCo return to Fringe 2012 breathing life into one family’s dramatic story. A fascinating, emotional, thought-provoking musical set in a Midlands village whose needle-makers conquered the world. History with a modern twist.

Eye of a Needle – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Not My Cup of Tea…

Flashback to the psychedelic summer of 1970. Roland leads his four friends in the creation of a commune. With no money but lots of free love, the characters in this black comic drama question society’s need to dream.

Not My Cup of Tea – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Not My Cup of Tea – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Hanafuda Denki…

“Hanafuda Denki (A Tale of Playing Cards)” – set in a funeral parlour in the beggars district of Tokyo during World War I, complete with lively singing and colourful kimonos, the question is asked, ‘Are you a winner or loser in this life-and-death game?’

Hanafuda Denki – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Hanafuda Denki – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

In addition to the hundreds of performers promoting their acts on the Royal Mile, one gets to see a number of very talented professional Street Performers (folk who make a living from performing on streets around the world) such as this Contact Juggler from the US…

Contact Juggler – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Contact Juggler – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters…

A tragedy about love, loss and the beauty of youth.

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two…

In a flat made for two, but shared by three, the shower’s not the only one getting a lot of action…

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Don Juan…

Witness the sensual escapades of the infamous womaniser in this darkly comical retelling of a timeless legend.

Don Juan – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Don Juan – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Don Juan – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Spring Awakening – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eurydice…

How do you say goodbye to yourself?

Eurydice – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eurydice – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eurydice – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The road that wasn’t there…

This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world…

The road that wasn’t there – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Nothing Is Really Difficult – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Street Performer – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Anna…

Anna. – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Beth – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Dungeon – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Last Fairytale – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Macbeth…

Macbeth – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Macbeth – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Machinal…

Machinal – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Machinal – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Minotaur – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Oedipus The Hour…

Oedipus The Hour – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Oedipus The Hour – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Rabbit and the Rose – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Romeo & Juliet…

Romeo & Juliet – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A Servant to Two Masters…

A Servant to Two Masters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A Servant to Two Masters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Tempest…

The Tempest – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Tempest – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Unknown Act – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Yellow Wallpaper…

The Yellow Wallpaper – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Yellow Wallpaper – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Best of May 2012

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Thought I’d share with you all a snapshot of my work that has been released during the month of May.

Field of Gold – Captured this image in a Rapeseed Field, Scotland.

Oriental Garden Lizard – Spotted this guy basking in the warm tropical sun during my recent visit to the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka, India.

Red Damselfly, Scotland.

Gathering Food… The White-throated Dipper also known as the European Dipper, Scotland.

Caught… The Master of Stealth and Precision – Grey Heron, Scotland.

Daisy, Scotland.

Meerkat – Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

Mother and Child – Female Mallard with one of her ducklings, Scotland.

A baby White-faced Saki monkey peeking out at the world outside as it rides on its mother’s back. Captured this image at the Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

Supermoon 2012 – Scotland.

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Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Jungle City

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

August has been a really hectic month both for myself as well as the City of Edinburgh. The city has played host to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 – a month-long spectacle that sees close to 21,000 performers presenting 41,689 performances of a record-breaking 2,542 shows at 258 venues – and I have been kept busy photographing bits and pieces of the Festival.

Edinburgh might well have been the Festival City in August but now with the festival drawing to a close, the city is getting ready to acquaint itself with its wild side and be transformed into a Jungle City. 130 life-size animal sculptures of the planet’s most endangered species – Asian Elephants, Tigers, Orangutans, Crocodiles and Hornbills – have been unleashed in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. From the 6th of September these animals will hit the capital’s streets.

Jungle City, set to be Edinburgh’s biggest outdoor art event on record, has received the backing of a large number of donors and supporters. Many large corporates have also sponsored the event and by doing so they’ve played a part in a major conservation project – one example is the image below that shows a tiger sponsored by the Scottish Football Club, Rangers.

A Fundraising initiative by the charity Elephant Family, the sculptures will be sold via auction (online or live – details can be found on their website) in a bid to raise £1 million for the survival of endangered species.

So if you live in Edinburgh or just happen to be here, head over to the Botanics and see these beautiful creatures for yourselves. They are on display at the Botanics till Sunday 4th September. And after that, look out for them on the streets of Edinburgh where they will be on display till the end of the month.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Second International Conference on Compassionate Care

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of photographing quite a few events lately and one of them has been the Second International Conference on Compassionate Care.

The two-day conference held in June 2011 focused on leadership and development of compassionate care practice, education and research. It was organised jointly by NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Napier University.

Kindly click the link below to see a snapshot of the images taken over the two days:

Conference Image Gallery

If you or anyone you know is organizing an event in the Edinburgh / Scotland area and would like it to be photographed, feel free to email me at blackstallionphotography@igallopfree.com.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Red Arrows over Leith Harbour

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The third annual Armed Forces Day celebrations were held on the 25th of June, 2011 in the capital city of Scotland.

To mark this event, the Red Arrows (the aerobatics team of the Royal Air Force) blazed into Edinburgh and filled the dull grey evening sky with hues of red, white and blue.

After a hiatus of 23 years, the residents of Edinburgh were treated to a 25 minute aerial display over Leith Harbour and the Firth of Forth. The display was visible from various vantage points – one of them being Calton Hill from where these images were taken.

To view all the images in this set, kindly click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Events/Red-Arrows-Leith-Harbour/17880756_csfr5T#P-1-10

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2011

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Last Sunday, the 22nd of May, 2011, saw more than 27,000 runners take to the streets of Edinburgh to participate in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. The marathon was launched in 2003 and the route that the marathoners run is now a fully IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) compliant one.

3,000 participants took part in the marathon in its first year and this number rapidly grew to 14,370 in 2010 making it the fastest growing marathon in the world. In addition to this, the marathon itself has been ranked as the fastest marathon in the UK and hence is a favourite event with elite runners looking to set qualifying times for the Olympics 2012 and the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Runners also participate in this event to raise much needed funds for their preferred charity. The event offers a platform for 250+ affiliated charities to raise over £3 million a year for various worthy causes such as eradicating poverty and combating injustice, homelessness, cancer and combating premature death from heart disease to name just a few.

To view all the images in this set, kindly click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Events/Edinburgh-Marathon-Festival/17236558_gsFzHF#1308245976_xjMhcbV

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The Year that was 2010 – Part 1

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Showcased below are a few images that I have selected from all the images I’ve taken during 2010. Hope you enjoy them.

January:

This image was taken during the Torchlight Procession in Edinburgh, Scotland.

All images in this set can be viewed here:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Events/Torchlight-Procession-Calton/10799561_6t7My#752977074_spZV8

 

February:

Took this image while climbing up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle can be seen in the distance.

All images in this set can be viewed here:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Nature/21st-February/11347618_uEgcX#796959395_PuZ9A

 

March:

Looking at one’s own reflection.

All images in this set can be viewed here:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Marine-Life/Marine-Life-Set1/11628378_g6e6i#819894471_GMVKB

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Marine-Life/Marine-Life-Set2/11629256_i9nZJ#819959309_5kJ7f

 

April:

A portrait shot of a Tiger.

 

May:

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh is well-known for its street performers and here’s a guy doing what he does best.

June:

Took this shot at around 35,000 ft as the sun was rising above the horizon and the day’s first light was bouncing off the tops of the clouds.

 

Gallop over to our blog tomorrow for the final part of The Year that was 2010.

Till then, take care and gallop free.

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