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Dublin is a good place for street photography, full of character in its people and its buildings. Often in the streetscape itself although some difficulty exists throughout much of the city centre with visual intrusions.

This scene is a good example, a classic image of a cobbled street filled with old buildings and the famous Guinness gatebeing passed by two locals wearing dark clothes who themselves look a little like a pint of Guinness on legs.

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Published in Photo Tours
Thursday, 01 December 2022 22:40

Reflections from Dublin's Custom House

Dublin's Custom House is no stranger to the pages of Panoramic Ireland, the iconic structure was finished in 1791 and has been probably Dublin's most recognisable building ever since.

Architect James Gandon designed and oversaw the construction of the Custom House, literally the place where taxes or customs were paid on good coming in to and out of Dublin.

Built with Portland stone, a fine white limestone from the south of England, the Custom House exuded a strong sense of authority over the merchants in Dublin yet the location was obsolete by the time it was finished as the main port operations had moved much further downstream to accommodate larger ships of the late 18th and early 19th century.

The Custom House is seen here with half reflections on a calm River Liffey affected by a little wind.

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Published in Photo Tours
Wednesday, 31 August 2022 00:42

Black and White Landscape, Ireland

I usually do prefer to work with colour images, for more than 99% of the photographs that I make they are in colour.

But every so often I do enjoy a good black and white image such as here in this landscape image of a tumbledown cottage amongst the mountain scenery from the west of Ireland.

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Sometimes I get asked if the non-summer months, or at least October to March, are good for photography in Ireland.

And of course the answer is yes. The autumn, winter and spring months hold some fantastic clear light days, moody overcast conditions, fog, burst of colour and often storms.

These months also typically have fewer tourists around and so make a perfect time for landscape photography.

A case in point; travelling through Northern Ireland's Mourne Mountains in March I found this scene of large fields bounded by huge-granite-stone walls so typical of County Down, an old cottage the only sign of habitation here.

And in that field, an arrangement of sheep.

39 legs in all, if you count my two of course, and one for the monopod supporting my camera.

Strong sunlight is evident here with those short well-defined shadows and bright folds of wool.

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Published in Photo Tours
Friday, 15 March 2019 11:26

Cobbles - Street Photography in Dublin

Street photography is an interesting pursuit, often requiring more patience than landscape photography.

Street photography often suits inclement weather, but more often than not it suits bright, sunshiny, direct light.

Published in Photo Tours
Sunday, 01 January 2017 23:33

The Last Lanes of 2016

Walking along the laneway in winter, not as enjoyable as in spring when the green leafy colour lines the hedgerows and fresh scents fill the air, but still on a cold winter's day the reminders of last season's life are there.

Published in Miscellaneous
Thursday, 29 November 2001 23:35

Photography in Black and White

The late spring and early summer of 2015 has so far been quite wet in the west of Ireland, in fact a recent visit to a lake that I know very well showed that the levels were higher than those at the same time last year; this is despite some parts of Ireland being extremely dry. Dublin had only 17% of its Long Term Average (LTA) rainfall in June 2015. May, however, was very wet with some parts of the west recording over 200% of the LTA and Knock Airport had its dullest May since 1996.

All the recent rain and cloudy skies make for a difficult but always entertaining time for the dedicated outdoors photographer.

Today I revisited a river in the west that I have been to often but not in recent times. And this time I took some photos of the peaceful surroundings of my rest stop.

Published in Photo Tours
Sunday, 29 November -0001 23:34

Asymmetry in the Mountains

Pony posing in Ireland, black and white image

A recent photography workshop took me to the mountains in search of horses, on this occasion the Comeragh Mountains in the southeast of Ireland.

Published in Photo Tours
Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:00

An Irish Waterfall

Like most things in Ireland, our waterfalls are not the tallest, most powerful or biggest in Europe or the world but they are certainly very characterful.

Often hidden on seacliffs or miles away from the nearest road, waterfalls in Ireland take two forms. There are the famous and not famous.

The famous waterfalls are Torc in County Kerry, Glenarriff in County Antrim, Powerscourt in County Wicklow and Aasleagh Falls on the border of County Mayo and County Galway. Glencar Waterfall in County Leitrim is the one made famous by W.B. Yeats. All the rest are the not-so famous waterfalls.

Published in Photo Tours
Sunday, 29 November -0001 23:34

Irish Waterfall

Long Exposure Photography

Black and White Long Exposure of Irish Waterfall

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