Dublin City. A photowalk.
by Jason Mac Cormac Photography
Last year I took a walk from St Stephens Green to the Temple Bar area and shared some photos that I captured along the way. You can read the post here…
For this photowalk I started at a famous bridge that crosses the River Liffey. As the sun was setting and in that magic hour when day becomes night I arrived at the Liffey a little later than hoped but not to be deterred I had a look around and decided upon an image. The view toward the Four Courts, currently have a hairdo by the looks of things, was like a scene from Paris or Rome the light of the sun still catching the clouds and bathing everything in a golden light. This was a joy to behold.
As the sun had finally set the blue dusky hues appeared in the sky, my favourite time of day, made all the more magical by the Liffey being so calm, hardly a ripple on the surface. I quickly set about composing an image of the Ha’penny Bridge from the left hand side.
I then moved to the right side of the bridge which I feel gave a more pleasing scene. There were plenty of people rushing about but with careful timing of the shot with a green for go on the pedestrian traffic lights and a longish exposure I was able to remove most of them from the scene. Leaving a few isolated figures deep in conversation, I particularly like the couple of girls on the far side of the river and the guy chilling out leaning against the wall as they add some scale and interest to the image.
This is my favourite all time image of the Ha’penny bridge, especially following some subtle edits, you could say its been ten years in the making. Ten years ago I took a black and white image of the bridge which was hugely popular, it was my first serious photograph of the bridge and every couple years I come back at different times of the day or year to try and better it. This image and the near perfect conditions is another level, I might be another twenty trying to get better :) I’ve already had a few enquiries for this image, as it’s gone viral online, even had a lovely framed print made which is hanging on a wall right now as a beautiful piece of art. The poor quality camera on my phone not doing it justice.
Happy with the images of the Ha’penny I walked up toward O’Connell Street Bridge on the opposite side of the quays. It was getting a little too dark already meaning I’m not overly happy with the images, and possibly because I felt self conscious on the boardwalk taking images whilst a few undesirables were lurking about. I didn’t hang around too long. Not that I felt at risk or anything, my tripod could prove useful, it was just difficult to become totally immersed in the image making process and at same time having one eye to the surroundings.
I ventured a little further across from Liberty Hall and just before Tara Street Dart station to take another shot. A pleasing scene but full of contrast in light making it challenging to capture in one image. The sky was dark shade of blue and the lights bright. Nonetheless a pleasing image I think of the Custom House with tricolor shades lighting the building, green white and gold reflecting in the Liffey.
After this image it was pitch dark I packed up and started back towards the car. I had almost called it a night, but couldn’t resist photographing College Green with the newly installed Luas line, and then on to take another image of the best looking wee pub in Dublin, The Bankers.
What a great evening for a walk with the camera, and some nice images too. All images are available to purchase as prints or to license. Contact me by email or phone to discuss.
As Xmas beckons I think i’ll arrange a photowalk Northside of the Liffey - do you know any places I should capture comment below or Pm me :)
Thanks for visiting, Jason