Dublin, when the light dims

Joe King

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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:
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Lighting-up Time by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr

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

Four iconic Dublin buildings:

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

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

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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.

Scott
 

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Very nice!

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

Joe King

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Thanks for the kind words folks. I hope to have a second batch up in the next few days.

I especially like the second one, but where is everyone?
A question, how did you get #2 with no people?
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.

Very nice!

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

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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?
Thanks,
Gary
 

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

Thanks
Brian
 

Joe King

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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?
Thanks,
Gary
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:
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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:
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Samuel Beckett Bridge by picturesbyJOE, on Flickr
 

Joe King

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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.
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.

These are terrific, thanks for sharing! Were they all single exposure, or did you do any HDR or exposure blending?
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.
 

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