Timelapse film captures stunning Edinburgh scenery from Calton Hill

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An Edinburgh-based film-maker has unveiled a stunning timelapse of Edinburgh city centre seen from Calton Hill.

The film by Walid Salhab, a media lecturer at Queen Margaret University, begins with shots of the capital from Fife and the Firth of Forth. The majority of the film thereafter captures the city – including Edinburgh’s Princes Street – under gilded blue skies.

A still from Walid Salhab's new film, My Edinburgh

A still from Walid Salhab's new film, My Edinburgh

Titled My Edinburgh, the two-minute long clip has been viewed more than 25,000 times on Vimeo alone.

Walid Salhab, a media practice lecturer at Queen Margaret University (QMU, Edinburgh used a

Salhab used a Canon 5d Mark II to capture a storm over the city, including iconic views of Calton Hill, Princes Street, Old Town, Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Bridge.

Walid spentfour4 weeks filming ‘My Edinburgh’ and 3,000 static photographs made it to the final edit of the two-minute film.

Commenting on the new film, QMU’s Walid Salhab said: “The idea behind ‘My Edinburgh’ is to try and capture the stunning storm cloud formation around the centre of Edinburgh. The film starts with shots of Edinburgh from across the Firth of Forth, the Forth bridges and Calton Hill.

“Most of the shots were taken before during or after a rain storm to try and capture that dramatic type of light.”

Walid has also produced a series of ‘kinetic’ (stop-motion time lapse) films which capture the magic of Scotland’s capital city and the stunning beaches of the east coast of Scotland. Kinetic Edinburgh II has been shared globally and has over 3.2 million views on social media.

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