Athlone Bridge

Athlone Bridge

Athlone Bridge

 

Straight to the heart of Ireland. This week our photographic spot hunting leads us to the picturesque and historic town of Athlone, near the geographical centre of Ireland, known as the “gateway to the West”. The Shannon river splits this enchanting city in two, with most services and businesses on its eastern bank, while under the shadow of the medieval Castle, the western bank is rich of colourful houses, winding streets, antique shops, historic pubs and much more.

Location: Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland.

What to shoot: During my quick visit to this medieval town I found two mainly photographic subject: Athlone Castle and the view of Ss. Peter and Paul church across River Shannon.

Ideal time to shoot: At sunrise and sunset you will get the most out of this beautiful cityscape in terms of colours and details. The “blue hour” may add that special touch with city lights starting to beam.

Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms.

How to get there: Athlone lies on the way that connect Dublin to Galway. It is possible to reach Athlone by car, train or bus in around 1 hour from Galway, or 1 hour and a half from Dublin.

Coordinates: 53°25′25″N 7°56′30″W

Weekly Photo Challenge

Night Lights over Samuel Beckett Bridge

Night Lights over Samuel Beckett Bridge

Night Lights over Samuel Beckett Bridge

After a long winter hibernation it’s time to get the gear out and start photographing (and sharing) again! The goal is to do as much spot hunting as possible, take some good pictures, and share the best hints and suggestions about photographic opportunities across Ireland. Be it street life, landscape or seascape photography, the “Emerald Isle” has it all. Stay tuned not to lose next photo hints.

Location: Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin, Ireland.

What to shoot: Samuel Beckett Bridge is undoubtedly an architectural masterpiece, well worth a picture itself; but playing with the lights of the passing cars and buildings in the background at night-time makes the whole shooting experience a real pleasure.

Ideal time to shoot: All day long. Blue sky with scattered clouds is perfect for contrasted black and white pictures, while night is ideal for long exposure, capturing traffic light trails. My favourite time, though, is the “blue hour”, when city lights start to shine and the sky has still some contrast. You’ll need both your tripod and a ND filter to lengthen your exposure enough to catch some good traffic light trails.

Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms.

How to get there: From City Quay or North Wall Quay, served by public transport (15A, 15B, 500, 501, 747).

Coordinates: 53°20′49″N 6°14′29″W

Weekly Photo Challenge

Grand Canal Dock – Dublin

The Marker Hotel - Dublin

The Marker Hotel – Dublin

Time to continue our photographic tour of Irish beauty in black and white. I was saying how modernity and ancient inheritance coexist around Ireland’s capital, Dublin, and if you fancy some architecture photography, or even some abstract photography, you are not going to be disappointed if you take a tour through Dublin’s most modern neighbourhood.

LocationGrand Canal Dock, Dublin, Ireland.

What to shoot: This modern and popular district hosts some of the most recent and bold buildings of Ireland. It is particularly busy during week days when the employees of high-tech multinationals such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Airbnb crowd its streets. Indeed this area has been rightfully dubbed “Silicon Docks”, a reference to the most famous Silicon Valley. By contrast it could appear even desolated on a Sunday morning, my favourite time to take pictures of its most daring buildings, as the characteristic Marker Hotel (in the picture), the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (the largest theatre in Ireland) or the Alto Vetro apartment building (awarded the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s Silver Medal for Housing).

Ideal time to shoot: All day long, but I prefer the quiet of Sunday mornings.

Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms.

How to get there: The Grand Canal Dock is served by the 15a, 15b, 120, 84N, 702 and other bus services.

Coordinates: 53°20′40″N 6°14′22″W

Weekly Photo Challenge

Samuel Beckett Bridge – Dublin

Samuel Beckett Bridge and River Liffey

Samuel Beckett Bridge and River Liffey

Let’s start a new short series of black and white pictures of the capital of Ireland. Founded as a Viking settlement, Dublin (that in Old Irish means dark pool) has grown to the rank of one of the top thirty global cities in the world, due to its importance as a centre for education, the arts, economy and industry. Modernity and ancient inheritance coexist beautifully along its streets and riverfronts, offering amazing photographic occasions to all architecture and cityscape lovers. And here we start, with a classic view of Samuel Beckett Bridge over river Liffey.

Location: Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin, Ireland.

What to shoot: This contemporary bridge crossing river Liffey is itself a sum of tradition and innovation. Dedicated to the Irish avant-garde novelist Samuel Beckett and designed by the creative architect Santiago Calatrava, it is a moving bridge, constituted by a main span and 31 cables, that clearly evoke the image of a harp, the national symbol for Ireland.

Ideal time to shoot: All day long. A blue sky with white scattered clouds could offer a beautiful contrast for a black and white capture.

Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms.

How to get there: From City Quay or North Wall Quay, served by public transport (15A, 15B, 500, 501, 747).

Coordinates: 53°20′49″N 6°14′29″W

Weekly Photo Challenge

Lake Glendalough – Ireland in B&W

Glendalough Lake

Lake Glendalough

Happy 2016! What better way to start a new year than taking some time for yourself and do what you like the most? So here I am, with another picture from my last trip to Glendalough and the valley of the two lakes, one of my favourite photographic spot in Ireland. As you can see it is “black and white” this time. It won’t be a farewell to colours, but my New Year’s resolution is to try and produce a short B&W series; the subject: Irish Landscape and Architecture.

Location: Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland.

What to shoot: Glendalough is a remarkable spot, both for the evocative architecture of its ancient monastic site, and the spectacular scenery made up by the two lakes and surrounding mountains.

Ideal time to shoot: All day long but I still prefer sunset. Autumn gives you the chance to get the best colours.

Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms.

How to get there: By car. It is a 1 hour trip south from Dublin. Reach Glendalough from the R756, then go ahead on the R757 till the upper lake car park (in this case, prepare coins for the car park). You will be at only 5 minutes by foot to this enchanted spot.

Coordinates: 53°00′24″N 6°20′48″W

WPC

Hook Lighthouse

ireland hook lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse

This week photographic hint bring us to the southern coast of Ireland, where one of the oldest lighthouses is still operational, marking the dangerous coastline of Hook peninsula.

Location: Hook Head, County Wexford, Ireland.

What to shootHook Lighthouse claims to be the oldest intact operational Lighthouse in the world. Its tower is about 800 years old and has a magic and mysticism of its own. The rocky coastline around is the perfect frame for this characteristic bulky building. Walking a few hundreds meters East along the cost from the lighthouse, there will be plenty of choice for where to place your tripod, so it will not be difficult to extend your exposure time and add that smooth, silky effect to the water. Mind the waves, and when you’ll be cold enough after hours of shooting, take a guided tour of the lighthouse tower and enjoy a hot tea in the bar.

Ideal time to shoot: Sunrise, sunset, as well as every “dramatic” weather condition.

Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms.

How to get there: By car, ten minutes south-east of the near town of Waterford, on the R733 and then the L4045.

Coordinates: 52°07′22″N 6°55′35″W

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The Wreck

Wicklow Mountains National Park

Wicklow Mountains National Park

From the serenity of the peaceful lake of Glendalough, to the inquietude of this picture I took a couple of weeks ago, during one of my scouting for new photographic spots in Ireland, when I bumped into this wreck sinisterly abandoned on the roadside.

Location: Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Wicklow, Ireland.

What to shoot: Two routes cross this beautifully spectral national park. You will be surrounded by an amazingly barren nature, small streams, solitary trees, but also a few spectacular lakes.

Ideal time to shoot: All day long.

Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms.

How to get there: By car. Half an hour south from Dublin on the R115 and R759.

Coordinates: 53°09′15″N 6°20′32″W

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