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Dublin, when the light dims

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Joe King, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. Joe King

    Joe King Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 3, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    These are the fruits of a project I have been working on for the last six months to photograph my hometown of Dublin during the twilight "blue hour". I had initially intended just to document many of the new buildings that have been added to the city over the past 10-15 years but I have since expanded my horizons to include many of the iconic older buildings of the city.

    Most pictures taken with the OM-D EM-5 with one or two shot with a Nikon D90.

    This is an initial batch, with more to follow as I upload them.

    1. To start off, the view over the city from the hills to the north on the Howth peninsula:
    Lighting-up Time by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr

    2. O'Connell Street, Dublin's Main Street:
    O'Connell Street by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr

    Four iconic Dublin buildings:

    3. The Custom House:
    Custom House by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr

    4. The former parliament building, now the Bank of Ireland:
    Bank of Ireland, College Green by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr

    5. The Four Courts, where the Civil War of 1922-23 began:
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    Four Courts by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr

    6. The General Post Office, where the 1916 Rising began: 8550130917_6830c9240a_b.
    GPO by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr
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  2. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Great shots!
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  3. scott0487

    scott0487 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2012
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Great work -- I really enjoyed seeing these, both the setting (I've always wanted to go to Ireland) and the technique / timing of the blue hour. I especially like the second one, but where is everyone? Thanks.

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  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Nice photos Joe. You do your city proud.
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  5. tol1l1yboy

    tol1l1yboy Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 12, 2013
    These are amazing.
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  6. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Great set of images, No2 is my favourite and is a very powerful image
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  7. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 15, 2013
    St. Cloud, FL
    Great pics. I loved my stay there.
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  8. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 15, 2013
    St. Cloud, FL
    A question, how did you get #2 with no people?
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  9. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Very nice!

    You seem to be having good luck with the Panny zooms.. very nice, sharp and good color.
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  10. Joe King

    Joe King Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 3, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    Thanks for the kind words folks. I hope to have a second batch up in the next few days.

    They're all at the sale at Clery's! :smile:

    More seriously, while most of the pics are taken in the evening (hence the name I've chosen for the thread title), #2 is one of the few taken in the early hours of the morning, literally just a few minutes before rush hour started up - barely two minutes after I took the last shot (the image is a pano BTW) the street was full of traffic and people.

    I've been very impressed with the sharpness of the Panny zooms so far and, when it comes to this type of photography, I'm very fastidious about technique - always use a tripod, IBIS off, anti-shock on, shutter triggered with a cable release - and find this does make a significant difference in the sharpness of the end result.
  11. gnb40

    gnb40 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 9, 2011
    These are great. I just showed these to my wife and she agreed (she's not easily impressed). We're coming over in late September and I'm planning on splitting from the group at times for some photography. If I only have an evening to shot in Dublin, any suggestions on areas?
  12. Brian G

    Brian G Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Beautiful images, and brilliantly executed. You suggest that you're fastidious in your technique, and it shows. :2thumbs:

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  13. Joe King

    Joe King Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 3, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for your kind words. I hope you enjoy your trip; September's a pretty good time to come over here – sometimes even the weather cooperates!

    If you want to do a bit of a general photowalk, you usually can't go wrong with taking a stroll along the River Liffey. Dublin city centre is fairly compact and so you can cover a lot of ground quite easily.

    All of my images are geotagged, so if you see anywhere in my set that looks interesting, you can easily check the location. The coordinates given resolve to the location of the camera, not necessarily the subject; e.g. some pictures are taken from the opposite bank to the river to the building being photographed. Link to map here.

    Speaking of the River Liffey, here are four Dublin bridges:

    7. The Ha'penny Bridge:
    Ha'penny Bridge by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr

    8. James Joyce Bridge:
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    James Joyce Bridge by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr

    9. Sean O'Casey Bridge:
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    Sean O'Casey Bridge by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr

    10. Samuel Beckett Bridge:
    Samuel Beckett Bridge by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr
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  14. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Great shots of a beautiful, historic and friendly city. :smile:
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  15. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    I really enjoyed this series. Very nice compositions. I applaud your deliberate planning and hard work to get these. You should make a coffee table book of these.
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  16. gnb40

    gnb40 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 9, 2011
    Thanks for the recommendations. These new shots are fantastic. Keep them coming!
  17. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    These are terrific, thanks for sharing! Were they all single exposure, or did you do any HDR or exposure blending?
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  18. Joe King

    Joe King Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 3, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    Thanks. I have plans to eventually collect these in a Blurb book for my own amusement but I still have a number of places I want to get shots of and a few I want to go back and improve on.

    All single exposure. I fell into and dug myself out of The HDR Hole a few years ago. There is a sweet spot of about 5 minutes during the blue hour where the natural light and the artificial light are in almost perfect balance and it's possible to capture an apparently wide dynamic range in a single shot. I usually set my exposure compensation to +0.7 to get the necessary shadow detail and then recover the highlights in Lightroom.
  19. Joe King

    Joe King Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 3, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
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  20. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Keep it up. Fantastic.
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