Dawn breaks over the Dublin docks and the controversial Poolbeg Chimneys. Why controversial? The chimneys are slated for demolition; built in the 1960’s the 680-foot high structures no longer serve the ESB’s (Electricity Supply Board) oil-fired electricity producing plant which shut down in 2010. The chimneys have been one of the most recognisable landmarks in the capital for decades, featuring in films, photographs, paintings and literature. Dublin City planners have already rejected a proposal to put a preservation order on the chimneys, declaring that they were not of sufficient architectural, social or historical value. From what I understand the land on which the old power station sits is prime property and the chimneys are in the way should new developments be envisioned.
As a visitor to Dublin, I didn’t find the chimneys unattractive and they were a great help in navigating parts on the city!
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snunney (88924) 2014-01-06 8:42
An industrial scene with a touch of the romantic about it! Helped by that wonderful sky, which is beautifully captured by you. The interesting set of silhouettes provide a good mix of graphical elements. Perfectly exposed and with excellent clarity. Why is it developers and planners are so intent on destroying our industrial heritage for the sake of a fast buck?
dta (70883) 2014-01-06 9:32
Hello Rosemary ,
We can see with your post that we can find some beauty in an industrial landsscape . Here , the contrast of thed ark silhouettes with the couloured sky is splendid . Fine reflections , too .
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-06 10:23
la bellezza della natura con i suoi colori più sorprendenti si unisce in questo fotogramma alle brutture di una industrializzazione che, purtroppo, tende a deturpare il paesaggio.
E' un mix affascinante che attira per la delicatezza dei toni e per la suggestiva originalità.
Ciao e buona settimana
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-01-06 10:30
The picture is beautifully composed with lovely colours. The chimneys (all three of them) positioned perfectly. The golden and pink reflection and the flashes of bright colour are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
jemaflor (88727) 2014-01-06 11:04
What a lovely light with this yellow horizon and reflections on water, congratulations, well seen and managed, tfs.
carlo62 (37938) 2014-01-06 14:51
è il grande momento di Dublino, molti amici irlandesi ci mostrano le sue bellezze, inoltre ci sei tu e c'è Lisa, le foto di questa città circolano copiose su TE, ma il problema è che mi fate venire voglia di prendere il primo aereo per controllare di persona :)
Bella inquadratura, le vecchie ciminiere offrono dei bei soggetti verticali che si stagliano contro questo tramonto dorato, l'aiuto del riflesso aumenta l'effetto e rende tutto più piacevole.
Royaldevon (32971) 2014-01-06 16:04
Well, I was surprised to see that this was Dublin! You learn so much on this site!
Your early rise was worth all the effort for you have captured wonderful, golden colours in the sky and reflected in the water. The gold makes a beautiful backdrop against which to silhouette the industrial features.
For me, the smooth patches of water, in the middle of the ripples, just pull in attention, making an amazing separation line!
My warm regards,
jjcordier (78388) 2014-01-06 22:42
L'étonnante lumière rend ce paysage industriel très attractif....avec ou sans les cheminées!
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-01-06 23:57
the combination of so delightful,warm light and industrial area gives really stunning result!
You knew how to present this part of Dublin,to make it so attractive to us.
Nice composition with excellently mastered light!
Have a nice day
emka (85097) 2014-01-07 0:01
even such industrial area like this can be shown in spectacular way. with this marvelous light it is very attractive view. With the golden colours and reflections it almost look romantic. Unusual view from Dublin.
WArm regrads Malgo
mesutilgim (88454) 2014-01-07 0:40
Very nice and eyecatching capture from Dublin.
Nice warm light and nice reflections.
Your info's makes this entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a nice day
Noel_Byrne (26996) 2014-01-07 0:53
As others have said, such an unusual view of Dublin, and one which in my eyes shows perfectly the romantic vision Dubliners have of the great chimneys at Poolbeg. This is a beautiful scene. I know you said you have a penchant for industrial architecture, and I must admit that you have awakened an interest in me for it too (I hope to visit the Guinness brewery this week to try my hand!!). The golden light breaking over this very industrial scene is beautiful, as is the reflection of the chimneys.
I like that the reflection is really only of the chimneys too, as if the river itself is driving attention to them to help preserve them for the future.
I have read some people say that the fact that people wish to protect these "ugly" structures shows how terrible an architectural legacy Dublin actually has, while other cities would happily rip them down, we wish to keep them. I on the other hand, would likely side with the people who wish to keep them. All my life they have been beacons in the city, and they feature like you say in so many historical documents, photos and images. Whether I arrive back to Dublin by plane or by boat, their red blinking lights were always a first welcome sight of the city that always welcomed me home.
Surely there must be some way they could be integrated into a modern development, without doubt somebody with vision could achieve that. Somebody mentioned a cheap buck though, and sadly thats what tends to win through. Still, we live in hope. But considering what happened the original Viking city on the quays for the building of the Dublin Coporation building, that hope may be misplaced.
An evocative and to me, thought provoking shot, especially to see that somebody who is not from Dublin can see the beauty in these old stacks.
Thanks for a cool post!
All the best
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-01-07 2:20
an excellent frame here. Like those interesting chimneys and enjoyed how you presented those in silhouettes. Great image quality and fascinating colour tone. Really enjoyable. Tfs.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-01-07 2:28
This is a terrific early morning image of this industrial scene. Beautiful reflections of the chimneys and golden sky in the water. However, I wonder if you are able to bring out a little more structural detail in the very dark shadows while still preserving the nice crisp silhouettes of the skyline. There is one red reflector (or red light)? that stands out a bit more than the others. It could possibly be toned down a bit in luminosity to match the luminosities of the other ones.
holmertz (44342) 2014-01-07 2:39
As an outsider I don't have an opinon on these chimneys and can't judge their importance as landmarks of the city. They do look good on this photo and are very nicely reflected in the water, but I guess some other structure could have been just as attractive. Mainly I see this photo as an example of the fantastic colours that can be seen if you get out of bed early enough. The sky is really magnificent.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-07 5:10
lovely golden shot of Dublin, which is a bit of a favourite on TE at present. This is a fascinating image made all the more so after reading your commentary. The demolition of landmarks always prompts some strange responses. I remember when they demolished the old Shoreham Power Station brick chimney - only then to replace it with a shiny metal one attached to a new Power Station. Doesn't look anywhere near as iconic or strangely beautiful as the old one.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-07 10:27
A superb painting of the industrial structures in light-shade and colors. The silhouette of the dock against the golden sky, is spectacular. And the water is simply superb. You have demonstrated in your inimitable fashion, how an industrial scene can be presented in such an artistic way. Thanks.
williewhistler (15377) 2014-01-07 10:54
I do enjoy the silhouetted industrial buildings against the evening sky.The grey and gold tones work so well together with the splashes of red and green being important ingredients.
Kind regards Les.
dekanski (4045) 2014-01-07 14:06
I do not know if I agree with you or not. Overall, I find it difficult to accept the chimney as a cultural value, and on the other side, something that is so entered in the character of the city would have to become such a value.
Anyway, thank you and the lovely "landscape" and the text.
saxo042 (37602) 2014-01-08 0:59
Beautiful sunrise colours over this industry silhouette. Some red items add extra interest. An interesting note!
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-08 1:56
Before seeing this photo I never thought that a industrial skyline may look so beautiful. I just love the golden colors of dawn and the silhouetted chimneys. I know there will be a lot hustle and bustle in this industrial corner of the city, but from a distance it looks tranquil and peaceful. Thanks for sharing a great shot.
rigoletto (34269) 2014-01-08 8:05
well, jjcorider has already set the standards for industrial landscapes, but this one is such a fine version, almost romantic in its delightful light. i like the colors and reflections, especially the touch of bright red. you should have done something there, it looks unreally bright but adds a lot to the attraction.
UlfE (14641) 2014-01-08 12:25
I really enjoy your photo for several reasons. First and foremost it is a very original an unusual post in TE. I also find it fascinating how beautiful mediocre place might look like in attractive lighting. Moreover, it is intriguing that you as a visitor sees the beauty, attractiveness and interest in something that Dublin residents and city planners seems to have missed completely. Finally you have made very good photo-job to demonstrate this. TFS and have a nice evening!
EstudioChispa (2084) 2014-01-08 12:55
A fantastic scene, Rosemary. When I try shots like this, I often lose all shadow detail, but you've managed to retain lots of it here. Great work!
May I digress slightly? I have a project going and want your input, as this is the best way I have (so far, anyway) of reaching you.
As you may have seen in some of my earlier posts, there is an ever-growing collection of statues along the bayside walk in La Paz, BCS, Mexico. I have not been able to find -- in English or Spanish -- any comprehensive guide that identifies the artists or provides any other basic info, so I want to create one.
We visited La Paz in December and I shot >1,000 frames of these artworks. Since our return, I have been reviewing them and processing my favorites. Today, I have posted the first cull on a website and I humbly ask you for any insight, opinions, or critiques you might offer.
I acknowledge that we live in a very busy world and I thank you in advance for any time you kindly lend to this project. Do not feel like you need to comment on or even look at every image. Likewise, please remember that I know we are friends and I have a thick skin, so there is no reason to be diplomatic -- let me know what you honestly think of these images and, as always, if you see a way they could be improved, I want to hear your ideas!
With only two exceptions, nothing has been added or removed from these images. Specifically, the stars in the sky in the images of the Mantarraya are the same light that was captured in the original exposure, although I admit they have been accentuated in post-processing. The exceptions? In one shot of the Ballena, and one shot of the Vaquitas, I have freed the sculpture from its post to allow the art to swim or fly away!
So check them out when you have the time, please? http://fotos.estudiochispa.com/?page_id=77 Also, feel free to forward this note and the URL to any of our other friends.
Peace, love, and creative exposures to you!
Silvio1953 (129220) 2014-01-09 12:05
Ciao Rosemary, fascinating composition with fantastic sky, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
annjackman (20693) 2014-01-11 4:59
As soon as I saw the TN I knew that I would love this. Industrial landscapes can be beautiful in good light and you have bucket loads of it here. The golden glow is beautiful, and the small splashes of red (warning boards perhaps) add a nice punch. Very well done for taking this.
Best wishes, Ann
macjake (60518) 2014-01-11 11:43
very interesting note and local story.
I wonder how Noel feels about this one.
I'd say keep them, but then again what do i know!
Too bad they can't be used in conjunction with the new plans of development somehow.
I'm a huge fan of these industrial sites, so to see it in this light is fantastic.
lovely shot, maybe it won't be around much longer.
delpeoples (54603) 2014-01-14 18:40
I do apologise for falling behind with my critiquing. As Craig guessed, mamma's not well again, so I'm writing these critiques from the Intensive Care Unit. TE is. Great distraction and mum is getting stronger.
I looked at this beautiful photo a number of days ago and meant to critique it, but time got the better of me. I love those orange and grey tones, they are a stunning combination and show a real beauty of something which I would never think was beautiful. The light particularly on the water and the silhouettes are stunning. I love this shot and would never in a million years guessed it was Dublin, despite having visited there recently. So a wonderful and very attractive addition to TE.
Thanks and hugs to you
ourania (35794) 2014-01-20 11:13
your composition is superb, your point of view is far enough for a comprehensive and well balanced presentation and quite close for us to discern intriguing details and wish to know more about this place. This area must be of endless inspiration to photographers. The impression you are offering us is very special with this elegant and fascinating combination of golden and grey. The red spots add a fine touch of contrast and vividness. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,