Woke at 4.30 and thought you know what i'll go out and try and catch a sunrise in a place I haven't been before shooting, Portmarnock. Wasn't really sure where I was going and at this time of year sunrise is very early so I was against the clock to get there and set up in time.
Great thing about this place is I could park right by the beach, walk down the steps and ready to shoot, and at that time in the morning there was no worries of parking wardens sticking a ticket on the car, though to be fair on a Sunday there prob is no parking charges.
I had an idea to go to Portmarnock for a few months now but never got round to it, as it was I knew this was probably the only morning for next few days with decent weather forecast although possibility of clear empty skies. That's the tricky balance when shooting landscapes, trying to get a dry morning with good light and some cloud activity, in between showers can work well. As it turned out there wasn't a cloud in the sky so I was going to have to include more foreground and less sky in the images.
You can't control the weater so best to try work the scene and if necessary move location to make the most of it, and that is what I did actually shooting a few locations in the morning. After shooting a few images as the sun passed the horizon at Portmarnock I decided there wasnt a whole lot to hang around for if there had been more clouds in sky or some dramatic light I might of stayed, but instead I decided to head back home via the city centre. As I drove thesky turned a lovely summer clear blue and I had to stop and do some shots of a few places I knew could look really well in this light, the Grand Canal Square area, the Samuel Beckett bridge and a shot I've been meaning to do for a while, the Ha'penny bridge from the Merchants arch.
Below are some of my photos from a productive enough morning. Home by 9 and everyone still asleep in bed :)
I expect with more dramatic light or a pre dawn colourful sky with glowing clouds this place could look amazing. Will definitely return.
This time from a lower angle about twenty foot to the right of the above image. I really liked the jagged rocks and how they created leading lines out to the sea and the horizon. Lambay island and the rising sun adding extra interest to the otherwise dull sky.
Not long after this shot it was time to move on. I was happy i'd done as best I could with what nature and the light had given me, the sky was washed out and the light was very harsh. A couple of other cars stopped and photographers got out, late risers missing the sunrise :) I thought rather than getting in their way i'd start for home and see what i could find on the way.
I headed along the coast road to Sutton decided against going on to Howth instead taking the coast road towards Dublin. First stop along the way was the boardwalk bridge at Bull island and a couple of shots of Poolbeg chimneys
NO swimming today as the tide was out.
No fishing either
Back in the car headed into town to get some photos in the daytime of the Samuel Beckett bridge and Grand Canal Square. I was interest to see what these landmarks would look like in the morning, as many of my shots and others i've seen are in the evening or night. Also a good idea to have some variety in my Iconic Landmarks of Dublin photography series.
I think this is a great addition to our city skyline.
Next stop the Bord Gais Theatre and the Marker Hotel, magnificent modern architecture in an area that now house some of the biggest company regional headquarters in the world, google and facebook amongst others.
That was it for the day until I saw the scene along the Liffey that made me stop again :) it was early the last few revellers were looking the worst for wear trying to find mcdonalds or abrekebabra, the council were out and about doing there cleanup to make the city look pretty again for the tourists when they awoke. The blue sky and the summer feel made it a great place to be.
The joggers for me make this shot, I've posted the scene taken a few moments later with no people for comparison. Interested to hear which one is best in your view?
A great morning out and about whilst everyone slept, photography is a kind of obsession or addiction I guess. What other reason would someone in their right mind be out at these hours, but when you see a sunrise for the first time or walk through uncrowded streets in your capital city admiring the beauty all around you realise the mad ones are the ones still in bed haha.
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