Winter in the Botanics

I think we were all pretty thankful to see the weather finally lift in Edinburgh this weekend. Is it just me or does seeing blue skies again make you feel like you are finally coming back to life? We even had a little snow, even if it only stayed a little while here in the city. We were planning on heading out for a long walk in the wilds this weekend, but decided on staying close to home instead – our car does not like the snow. So, after brunch at the highly recommended Blue Bear Cafe at Canonmills (great baked eggs) we took a stroll in the Edinburgh Botanic Garden where I got the chance to try out my new Olympus SH2 camera for the first time.

I find the glasshouses at the Botanics beautiful, whatever time of year it is!


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It turns out it is much harder than it looks to master a proper digital camera! Who knew 😉 My first attempts just don’t look how I’d hoped they would, plus editing in raw is a whole new world. Maybe it is the lack of an instagram filter that i’m not used to. Ahem.

So help! Do you know of an easy point and shoot digital camera tutorial or where I can find good value editing software (I can’t afford photoshop!) or do you just have any beginners tips?  I don’t want to just look at its retro beauty, I want to be able to use it properly! Some advice would be really welcome. Or do I upgrade now to the Olympus Pen? So tempting.

Thankfully, despite my slightly dodgy beginners photography skills, the beauty of Edinburgh’s Botanic Garden still manages to shine through. Probably why its one of my favourite places to go for a stroll on a sunny (but freezing!) Sunday afternoon.

Did you have a lovely weekend?

Love from, Scotland x


Visit Edinburgh Botanic Garden

More Edinburgh Walks

Linking up with Jo’s Monday Walk


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10 comments

  1. Can’t help you with your camera questions, but your post would be perfect for these two challenges!
    Jo’s Monday Walks http://restlessjo.me/2016/01/18/jos-monday-walk-bowlees-and-low-force/
    Jude’s Winter Gardens https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/garden-photography-inside-the-glasshouse/
    Might also find some help with your camera queries…..

  2. They’re lovely pictures! Looks like your camera was struggling to get the white balance right with all the snow but I’ve never had a camera which didn’t struggle with that (and I’ve had some very fancy cameras along the way; there’s no need – most cameras these days are pretty decent!). I have Photoshop on my laptop but use Pixlr Editor on my Chromebook which is free and does everything I need it to.

    1. Thanks Sarah I will check Pixlr out. The light was a problem, winter in Scotland always is. My camera does have a snow setting, may try that (as I learn how to use it on manual!)

  3. Jude is great on cameras. I’m just a point and clicker too, though I always mean to learn ‘how to’. 🙂 I’m not very technical though, I’m afraid. Thanks to Anabel for the introduction. You’re welcome on my walks any time 🙂

  4. Thanks for the link Smidge – I love the botanical glasshouse. Would love to go inside it too (hint, hint). Thank you for popping over to my blog. And I shall look forward to reading your Edinburgh walks too.

    What camera do you have? There are loads of tutorials on the net, even video tutorials on YouTube, so have a browse as you may find some helpful tips. I don’t use RAW. Haven’t time to do all the editing required because I take far too many photos! One day, maybe. And I usually stick to auto settings too as they usually work well enough for me. I only use my photos on the blogs so I don’t need massive files for printing out. As for editing software I have Photoshop Elements and that is perfect for what I need to do, I also use PIXLR as an easy program to straighten, crop and resize images. That’s free to download (desktop – scroll down the page to find the download button) https://pixlr.com/ or you can use it online – I do that for creating collages. Yikes! This is turning into a post of its own! If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask 🙂
    Jude xx

    1. Thanks Jude – I have the Olympus SH2. It is a point and click but a pretty good one 🙂 That is two recommendations for Pixlr.

      I actually have another Edinburgh Botanic’s post in draft with pictures taken inside which I am currently updating – I will link up again when it is live. I love it in there – we just didn’t have time this weekend!

      1. Point and click cameras are very good these days. I used a Fuji bridge camera for years (good zoom) but recently opted for the Olympus EM-10 with interchangeable lenses, primarily so I could buy a proper macro lens! Takes some getting used to after the bridge!

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