Morning at the Dublin Docklands

For the first post on my new blog, I’m going to feature one of my favourite photography locations in my home city of Dublin. The Dublin Docklands is a modern and rapidly developing part of the city. When I was a child it was a derelict wasteland full of unsavory characters. Today, it’s full of tech companies such as Google and Facebook as well as major financial institutions. Thankfully, you’d never find unsavory characters working in large banks …. right?

All of the photographs in this series were taken during a single shoot on a chilly January morning. Luckily for me, the sky and light that morning were absolutely stunning as you will see below. I also failed to bring gloves and lost two fingers to frostbite to bring you these photos so you’d better like them.

Dublin Docklands Reflections at Dawn
F14 | 3.2 secs | ISO 100 | 40 mm

This wide angle view of the Dublin Docklands taken shortly before sunrise from the Talbot Memorial Bridge. As you can see, the conditions were perfectly still that morning creating mirror like reflections in the waters of the River Liffey.

Confrerence Centre and Samuel Beckett Bridge at Dawn - Dublin
F14 | 1/3 sec | ISO 100 | 67 mm

Moving downriver, the unusually shaped National Conference Centre is on the left of the frame (known as the Tube in the Cube by Dubliners) with the elegant Samuel Beckett Bridge to the right. This bridge is designed to look like a harp on its side, the harp being one of the national symbols of Ireland.

Samuel Beclett Bridge Reflections at Dawn - Dublin
F14 | 1 sec | ISO 100 | 24 mm

The harp-like shape of the Samuel Beckett Bridge is clear in the above photo as the first golden rays of morning sunlight begin to illuminate the buildings along the north quays of the River Liffey. I love how the arc of the bridge support is mirrored in the water below.

View of the Dublin Docklands from Sir John Rogerson's Quay
F14 | 1.6 secs | ISO 100 | 32 mm

The final shot in this series was taken as I walked back along Sir John Rogerson’s Quay towards the old centre of Dublin. It was one of my favourite photos from that morning. I love the colours in the sky, the golden light hitting the glass fascades of the sleek quayside buildings and perfect reflections in the motionless water. It was one of those mornings where it all came together.

Incidentally, this was my first ever outing with the Canon 6D Mark II. Such was my enthusiasm with the shutter that morning that I filled three 8GB memory cards and drained two batteries!

You can view more of my photographs from the Dublin Docklands in the gallery section.

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