Print: Close Retreat

Print: Close Retreat


Photographer’s Profile: Dougal Nicol Landscape Photography



Frame Types and Colours:

All frames are custom made by hand and come ready to hang.  Frames are available in 6 colours (black / white / gold / silver / lightwood / darkwood) as either:

Further detail on prints and frames is available here – Printing and Framing.

The complete selection of frames can be viewed here – Frame Selection.

Print Size:

This is the size of the print itself (in inches), printed edge to edge, on Fuji Crystal Archive professional photographic paper. Prints are created using RGB lasers, rather than more common inkjet techniques. This produces extremely fine detail (equivalent to 4000 dpi), with 68 billion possible colours – no inkjet printer can come close to this degree of detail. It also gives an extended product lifespan far beyond that of ink or dye based prints.

Paper Type:

Photos are printed onto professional grade colour paper from the Fuji Crystal Archive range with a gloss or matt finish. Gloss paper accentuates the colour to give a punchy, rich feel. Matt paper is coated with a slightly stippled finish and gives a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour.

Titled Mount:

The last option is to have the title of the image hand written on the mount (in pencil), centrally below the print (see example). This provides a personalised and finishing touch to round off the print.

Finished Frame Sizes:

Print sizes do not include the width of the mount and frame. When purchasing a framed print, please allow for this when considering what size to buy. Smaller frames are approximately 6 inches bigger than the print and larger frames approximately 8 inches bigger.


Framed and unframed prints can be delivered anywhere in the UK.  Unframed prints can also be shipped overseas.  Further detail and prices for postage and packing is available – Delivery Details. Delivery of framed prints will need to be signed for.

About the Photo

This photograph arose whilst sheltering from a traditionally heavy Scottish downpour in one of the Royal Mile’s many closes.  As the sun broke after the passing rain the city’s detail was framed through the darkness of the close and vibrantly lit up in stark contrast to the storm clouds beyond.  Heavy rain like this provides great photographic material as once passed, the clouds don a fantastic rich colour and darkness.  This is also evident as they approach but you have to be prepared to get out of the way or get wet!!

As well as providing handy rain shelters the subtlety of the Royal Mile’s closes can provide intriguing detail in composing photographs of the city beyond.  An example of this is the engraved flagstone in the foreground.

Although the close provided the key to this image, the only problem to overcome here was the half dozen other punters sharing the close to escape the rain!


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