Ireland is known for its pubs and in the Temple Bar area of Dublin there are many ‘drinking holes’ tricked out for tourists. We wanted to see some traditional Dublin pubs and before we left for Ireland I did a quick search on the web for places that fitted the bill. We visited two places. The first was The Palace Bar on Fleet Street. The second was Mulligan’s on Poolbeg Street.
Built in 1823 the pub is one of the best preserved in Dublin and is regarded as ‘the holy grail’ of literary pubs. Poets, painters, novelists and playwrights mixed with civil servants, lawyers and hangers-on in this European café litteraire.
This shot was taken in the ‘snug’ at The Palace Bar. I hope it goes some way to show what the interior of a traditional Dublin Pub and its clientele look like.
The two locals were enjoying a quiet chat over a couple of Guinness’s and looked as if they were permanent fixtures in the place.
The pub has an interesting history and more can be read about it here http://thepalacebardublin.com/#pages/History and http://www.writerstears.com/?p=261
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lousat (64053) 2013-10-02 2:20
Hi Rosemary,this is a great gift to a barman like me...ehehe...magnificent capture of this pub interior,i like the typycal old style and the old men too,perfect choice of the black and white in PP,very professional details and exposure.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
gojo (1317) 2013-10-02 2:33
What a wonderful portrait of these men, with the very nice environment. Excellent in B&W. The FG is great, but I would probably crop off everything above their heads.
ktanska (22646) 2013-10-02 2:46
Really a timeless view. Old and massive pub furniture, a few pints of Guinness and clients who probably aren't first time visitors. B&W fits well of course.
delpeoples (48568) 2013-10-02 2:47
Hi dear Rosemary
I really like the dark sepia tones in this shot, together with the cosy feeling an Irish pub always generates. The icing on the cake for me are the two old timers there, relaxing with their drinks like they're part of the furniture. I notice to halves of Guinness in the foreground: yours I take it ;)???
williewhistler (9787) 2013-10-02 3:26
There are an awful lot of distractions but because the two men are so sharply in focus none of them matter,instead they all add to the atmosphere,after all it is a traditional Irish pub!
The toning is delightful and very appropriate for this lovely shot,there is no mistaking where this was taken.Congratulations.
Kind regards Les.
ifege (9899) 2013-10-02 3:51
Classic Irish faces and scene - great in B&W
jemaflor (74014) 2013-10-02 3:58
Good portraits well managed in b&w, interesting interior and contrast, well framed.
Royaldevon (21367) 2013-10-02 4:16
Ha! Ha! Rosemary, are those two waiting pints anything to do with you?
It had to be in b&w to mimic the well known qualities of the Guinness. The whole shot conjures up impressions of a time gone by, when the working men's clubs were male preserves and, in pubs, men went in the tap room and women went in the snug.
Your shot is so like photographs that adorn the walls of modern day pubs, with a deep desire to keep links with their past.
Does it remind you of tavernas I Greece? There the men set the world to rights outside in the sunshine. Not so easy to achieve that in Dublin in September!
Have a lovely day and thanks for this,
CPD66 (752) 2013-10-02 4:49
Happiness is a pint of Irish, of drink of choice.
good choice of using B&W considering the subject matter.
I like the photo, 2 mates just sitting with a pint and piece and quite. It speaks volumes even though they are not.
a good posting
Sergiom (45244) 2013-10-02 5:16
J'aime beaucoup l'utilisation du noir et blanc pour cette composition. Les deux hommes sont assis à la même table mais tous les deux dans un monde différent avec une bonne bière comme lien entre les deux.
timecapturer (36972) 2013-10-02 6:06
like this! A creative study and so apt that you should present it in B&W just like the tipple itself. Love the tones and textures here, so much character and executed perfectly. Irresistible just like the Guinness! :-)
macondo (18461) 2013-10-02 6:32
A very fine, gentle sepia finish really adds depth to this interior study. The woodwork, artwork and furniture add a classy sort of elegance, the literary-ness you mention in the note. A pleasant context for these two contemplative looking drinkers - they don't look like they are going anywhere soon. Waiting for the book club meeting to start? One wonders whose stouts (Guinness, I guess) those are on the near table. You got the tonality and hue just right for this shot.
Wanda1 (14362) 2013-10-02 7:13
I really like this one, with its cinematic quality. It is really timeless too with your sepia/black and white conversion. I like their relaxed attitudes and I also like to see the old fashioned surroundings. The detail of the portrait peering at us via the reflection if the mirror is great too, and nice use of depth of field to draw our attention to the two men, and blurring the beers in the foreground just enough so we still get the idea that we are in looking at a bar as the setting.
aleXundar (543) 2013-10-02 8:13
A beautiful ambiance has been created in this color tone. Gentlemen sitting there in relaxed postures and the furniture… blended nicely. Excellent light management and composition.
Thanks for the detailed note also.
dkmurphys (42409) 2013-10-02 8:50
Genuine pub scene. I like the atmosphere and your sepia choice. Good work.
worldcitizen (5611) 2013-10-02 10:12
I can feel the Irish mood through this photo. There are faces everywhere: on the walls, in the mirror, and of course sitting together and enjoying some beer. Glasses of Guinness appear on every table, and the B/W presentation is great. Life seems good inside the pub. :-)
holmertz (31208) 2013-10-02 10:18
When I hitch-hiked all across Ireland with a friend at the age of 21 we made an in depth-study of Irish pubs, not just in Dublin but everywhere. I have to confess that two pints were rarely enough (I am wiser now). This place looks slightly more elegant than those we visited and it seems to have withstood the globalized trends of modernization very well. You have captured a nice old-time, civilized atmosphere with a fine B&W conversion. I would be very tempted to sit down in one of those chairs and order a Guinness - "it's good for you".
Silvio1953 (105343) 2013-10-02 11:17
Ciao Rosemasry, lovely B&W composition, nice scene, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
olive224 (2479) 2013-10-02 12:21
The larger version is fantastic ;) THis is a typical black and white image with the two white shirts of the men against the black leather and wood of the environnement
A heavy contrast that is awesome here
Very well done
Noel_Byrne (13204) 2013-10-02 13:51
An inspired shot, so realistic and daily life, nothing at all posed about these men. As you say, they do look like permanent fixtures here. I find it really hard to take good indoor shots, never mind in pubs, but this is a classily perfect one. I love the reflection peeping out of the mirror as well, adding to the sense of depth. Black and white was the perfect choice to give this a vey timeless feel. Brilliant.
All the best
subhendu_bagchi (20960) 2013-10-02 18:33
namaste, interesting scene from this aristocrate old pub. Like the expressions of those two elderly men sitting on sofa. Excellent tonal quality nicely assisting the image atmosphere. Excellent shot. Tfs.
jjcordier (67146) 2013-10-02 23:04
Un noir et blanc bien adapté à cette scène. Une bonne photo!
annjackman (15481) 2013-10-02 23:17
I love this! The two men are in sharp focus and stand out against the old interior of the pub. It oozes atmosphere, a great moment caught.
Kind Regards, Ann
fabbs99 (10998) 2013-10-02 23:44
Great shot in Black and white.Just love the texture.
Very well done,TFS,
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-10-02 23:58
It's Guinness time all right! the legendary pub and nostalgic to some in keeping with street culture and the nature of town, you certainly found a gem there well converted to lovely mono effect which suits the subject really well and so much character in there. Your framing is great the way the welcoming pint of Guinness balances in the fg and the typical interior oldie looks in great available lights full of lovely mood, relaxed, classy as the sobered pub-goers sparkle grabbing all the attention. A fine sight in Dublin such a great atmosphere minus all the chatter and buzz of conversation. Your imagination and creativity comes through loud and clear with this one, Wonderful!
Well done, Congrats
CLODO (26371) 2013-10-03 2:14
The perfect atmosphere of the irish pubs with 2 old men in a relax position looking at the persons in the bar. I like particularly the painting looking straight at me in the mirror.
Superb b&W mood.
Romano46 (11375) 2013-10-03 5:03
un bianco e nero di grande intensità per la bellezza dei soggetti e la perfetta trasposizione dell'ambiente nel quale sono immersi.
Una foto che è una ottima rappresentazione della vita giornaliera alla quale la desaturazione ha donato una grande intensità.
Ciao e buona giornata
ourania (18506) 2013-10-03 10:59
I like very much the composition that has selected an eloquent part of the interior of the pub and has made a superb use of the mirror to amplify the sense of space and insinuate additional reference and context for the two guests. They surely look like "permanent fixtures" so nicely and naturaly integrated to the place and your composition. I think we can see Samuel Beckett's portrait through the mirror, if so the allusion would be too great:) I love the softness of the lighting and of the black tones as well as the play of shines. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best,
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-10-04 22:24
it´s so magnificent and moody composition!
I like the way you composed and framed the scene,but even more your conversion into B&W(it helps a lot to create such unique atmosphere of the scene).
And of course Guinness-I can almost smell its aroma:)
Have a nice weekend
dekanski (1053) 2013-10-05 1:01
If fact, Three times two pints!!
bayno (18334) 2013-10-06 0:55
I really like the atmosphere that you managed to capture, great detail despite the slow shutter speeds, even the lack of light is well managed with a pleasant shade, the tones also recall a little deco atmosphere of the place...good one...
have a good sunday...
rigoletto (32710) 2013-10-09 13:17
this one with its subject, spontaneity, crispness of details and the delicate tone of sepia, reminds me the wonderful photos of kevryan. the "third man" in the mirror is a wonderful detail and makes it more interesting to look at.
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-10-10 9:38
What a remarkable shot of a classic scene! Thanks to your note, I understand the work that went into searching out "the Real McCoy," (