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ABOUT THE PHOTO
Several times already I have attempted to photograph this harp-shaped bridge in the Dublin City Centre. One of the previous attempts which did not satisfy me enough but which presents the whole bridge from a further distance is attached as a workshop photo. Although the bridge is relatively new, there are already several creative captures of this bridge on TE. I have tried to make a more postcard like presentation.

ABOUT THE BRIDGE
Samuel Beckett Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge across River Liffey in Dublin City Centre. This is the second bridge in the area designed by Calatrava, the first being the James Joyce Bridge, which is further upstream.
The main span of the Samuel Beckett Bridge is supported by 31 cable stays from a doubly back-stayed single forward arc tubular tapered spar, with decking provided for four traffic and two pedestrian lanes. It is also capable of opening through an angle of 90 degrees allowing ships to pass through. This is achieved through a rotational mechanism housed in the base of the pylon.
The shape of the spar and its cables is said to evoke an image of a harp lying on its edge. (The harp is a secular icon for Ireland and things Irish.)
The steel structure of the bridge was constructed in Rotterdam by Hollandia, a Dutch company also responsible for the steel fabrication of the London Eye.
The bridge cost €60 million, and is named for Irish writer Samuel Beckett. It was officially opened to pedestrians on 10 December 2009 and to road traffic at 7 am the following day.


WHAT YOU SEE BEHIND THE BRIDGE
I have recently uploaded a kind of similar view photographed further upstream along the river without the Beckett Bridge. In the note to that photo you can find more details on the buildings which you see behind the bridge. (click here)

IRISH HARP SYMBOL
Irish harp, though not as well known internationally as the shamrock for being an Irish symbol, is the official emblem of Ireland. This status dates back several centuries. Today, a representation of an Irish harp is to be found on the Presidential Seal and on many official documents, on passports, on the flag of Leinster (but not the national flag), on Irish euro coins etc.
As one of the national symbols of Ireland the harp is also used extensively by businesses and other corporations wishing to convey 'Irish-ness'. Guinness bottle labels are perhaps its most famous gig while a heavily stylised harp puts in an appearance on the tail fins of budget carrier Ryanair.
The 'official' national emblem of Ireland is based on the oldest preserved Gealeic harp: the Trinity College Harp, also known as the Brian Boru or O'Neill harp. This 15th century Irish harp is on display in the Long Room of Trinity College, Dublin.

for the source website and more info on the Gaelic harp history click here

PUERTO MADERO, BUENOS AIRES
I had the pleasure to admire a very similar bridge in Buenos Aires. Obviously it did not have the meaning of the national symbol over there. Sadly I had a relatively bad weather while visiting the other bridge so I don’t have any good photos of it in my collection.

WHITE BALANCE
Last 8 of my uploaded photos were taken at the blue hour. They have respectively gray, purple-gray, light blue, violet, black, pink-violet, blue and finally here a green sky color. What is natural? Most of them I acquired as a RAW file which gave me the freedom to play around with the white balance processing. I do try to get as close as possible to the reality but at the same time I am a professional experimentalist. In the end: the world is sometimes more colorful than we are willing to admit.

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