When I first visited Dublin nearly 20 years ago, the signage on the building said Tennent's (beer) and then at one stage said Guinness (beer). Now it says Heineken (beer). I think I get the theme. But prefer the black nectar myself, and can honestly say that this is one of the few things about Dublin that has remained more of less the same. As I've said in previous posts, in 20 short years, Dublin has transformed itself into a great city of Europe.
The bridge you see is the O' Connell Bridge, originally named the Carlisle Bridge and of course is also known as Droichead Uí Chonaill. it was built between 1791 and 1794 and links O'Connell and Westmoreland Streets and the South Quays.
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emka (75373) 2014-01-05 23:36
Ciao cara Lisa, how are you in the new year? As I am not interested in Guinness nor in Heineken I quite ignored this building although I stayed in a hostel probably near this tree (on the D'Olier Street). You found a great vantage point showing the bridge from this side, with interesting reflections. Excellent photo, There is something nostalgic in it, maybe this strange white bus. fantastic these eyes in the river. Superb shot.
have a nice week
Still no winter in Warsaw :(
dkmurphys (47802) 2014-01-06 0:01
Very fine capture along the bridge. Nice atmosphere of the big city, well taken.
Have a good week ahead.
siudzi (32837) 2014-01-06 0:39
Excellent capture as always from you. You have found a really great POV to get a fantastic sight on the building and the old bridge with its beautiful water reflections. All together look beautiful and made the scene really attractive. Well done!
snunney (80897) 2014-01-06 2:20
They have all belonged to the same organisation at one time or another I think. I have to say I think British and Irish lager is a bit p..s poor if you get my meaning; give me German or Czech any time! Notwithstanding; this is a very attractive composition. I like the way the bridge comes in from the left directing our attention to the other side of the river. Also, the light and colours. Sharpness is excellent. I trust you had an enjoyable and boozy New Year!
mesutilgim (81604) 2014-01-06 2:52
Nice scenery from Dublin with good pov and layout and amazing reflections.
TFS and best regards
timecapturer (46699) 2014-01-06 3:38
as a real ale Englishman, can identify with the motive of this image, and like you, I am not averse to a drop of the dark stuff me self. Not been to Dublin but it is a place I would love to visit and experience. An enticing composition that shows this fine old bridge in all its glory and one wonders which tipple will be in vogue when you next visit. Fosters?
Trying not to think about the cricket :-(.....your boys done well!
Noel_Byrne (22270) 2014-01-06 4:44
I love this vantage point, and its one I had never considered before, so I'll be on the look out for this next time I'm in Dublin! I love the reflections of the buildings, but i really love the reflection of the bridge! Its a beauty of a bridge and one that I dont think people stop to admire often enough!
Loved you note about the wheat juice heritage of the building too, and its funny how things change. You know at one point if also had Harp (a beer!!) written on it too, and me and my friends know it as the Harp building! Shows my age I think :)
There used to be a very cool pub next door called Mssrs Maguire, with great views over the bridge, but I think its closed down now. I love that sky too, like a soft pastel painting!
Sergiom (56819) 2014-01-06 6:10
A nice mix of the old and the new. The bridge is very nice and the reflection in the water also. I would like to visit Ireland one day but you never know what kind of weather you are going to get.
Have a nice day
macjake (54264) 2014-01-06 6:26
great to see you back :)
funny how the mention the changing of the guard sort of speak with the building names, I wonder what the next brewery name will be.
Dublin...always wondered what Dublin looks like, so any downtown city shots are welcome. this is a small bridge but I've heard that size doesn't matter...ahem...
anywho...its a charming piece of architecture for sure, especially with the light and the arches, very cool indeed!
see you around
ikeharel (54431) 2014-01-06 8:19
POV chosen show well many details, Lisa, most attractive the 220 years old bridge, and its marvelous "eye-glasses" reflection.
Than, looking on town houses, the Heiniken building in contrast to the olde house on right, both decorating well the skyline.
Thanks for the greetings, wish all the best for a new 2014 year.
SnapRJW (30245) 2014-01-06 8:38
Hello Lisa - I loved the bridges over the Liffey and this one has such elegant curves, here they contrast very dramatically with the dark shadowed area and their lines are beautifully emphasised. The slight ripples on the river soften the reflection and make a good contrast with the more 'hard-edged' architecture. Love this POV which sweeps the eye across the bridge to the 'beer' building and the one opposite it. Nicely done my friend. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. I hope you had a nice festive break. Rosemary
cornejo (29495) 2014-01-06 9:49
Hello dear Lisa, very good view of this interesting and beautiful scene of daily life in the city, with a nice bridge and some interesting buildings in the background. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
A warm hug from southern Spain.
Romano46 (16584) 2014-01-06 10:04
Ciao cara Lisa
vedo che hai deciso di farmi concorreenza sui ponti che sono il mio tema preferito.
Competere con la nitidezza delle tue riprese è impossibile.
In questa i riflessi sono talmente ben ripresi e ricchi di dettagli che si potrebbe capovolgere l'immagine e osservarla secondo questa particolare visione.
Piacevole anche l'incontro tra l'architettura moderna e quella più tradizionale.
Ciao buon inizio di anno dopo tanti giorni di festa.
Gigidusud (14063) 2014-01-06 12:51
Ottimo il punto di visto su Dublin. Splendidi riflessi del ponte in primo piano con bella diagonale. Spero che non hai bevuto troppo birra! :)
Ancora una volta auguri per 2014!
lousat (74135) 2014-01-06 14:20
Ciao Lisa,cambiano i nomi delle birre sui palazzi ma tanto io non bevo per cui possono fare quello che vogliono..ehehe...la foto è interessante,ricca di dettagli e riflessi,certo che il palazzo Heineken è proprio brutto esteticamente parlando..ehehe...buona giornata! Luciano
carlo62 (29677) 2014-01-06 14:21
non sono un bevitore di birra, ma la sua storia è talmente antica che ha influito sui popoli di tutta Europa, soprattutto del nord, non a caso le birre più famose sono tutte del nord Europa.
I tuoi tagli, le tue composizioni, le tue foto, sono sempre di qualità eccellente.
Il ponte riempie la scena, grazie anche al suo riflesso, ma trovo molto interessante il contrasto tra le architetture dei due palazzi, a destra quello più classico, a sisistra quello di stampo più moderno. Da quanto ho capito, questa è l'essenza di Dublino, una città antica, ma dal forte rinnovamento, rimasta ferma per molti anni, ma esplosa in questa epoca, dove vecchio e nuovo si uniscono in una unica soluzione.
Un caro saluto
krzychu30 (15354) 2014-01-07 0:03
contrary to Malgo I love both Heineken as well as Guinness:)
But seriously it´s really well considered composition.I like the POV with so lovely reflections in the FG.
Also the architecture looks very interesting to me.
Wish You all the Best
mkamionka (29810) 2014-01-07 5:33
I like very much this bridge. You were so lucky to have a high water level quite unusual I think plus even more unusual reflection -means windless day! You have presented the bridge from an original angle here, I could not even recognize it for a second. The 100% reflection added a great bonus: the arches turned into ovals. I like the tiny building with the turret in the far right side, and we can also spot the Custom House. Great capture. I really like it.
Silvio1953 (118553) 2014-01-07 6:46
Ciao Lisa, gran bella prospettiva sul ponte, deliziosi riflessi, bei colori e magnifica luce, brava, un abbraccio Silvio
PS: per cortesia clicca mi piace
photoray (11097) 2014-01-07 7:36
Howdy Nectar Goddess,
Like everyone else a fine artistic view of the O'Conell Bridge, with the elongated classical arches mirrored into oblongs, and all in excellent resolution, and a contrast with the modern Dublin mixed with classical buildings.
and best wishes for many more adventures,
PS: I am attracted to bridges due to working on their planning and design with Calif Transportation. They brought me many challenges, and never-a-dull moment.
Cricri (103385) 2014-01-07 10:04
Hi dear Lisa
Tout mes meilleurs vux a toi et a toutes ta famille, que cette année soit remplie de bonheur
Je reconnais bien ce pont, j'aime ton POV et l'effet de miroir un jour d'une douce lumière, très belle présentation
chawax (18902) 2014-01-07 13:16
This photo reminds me my last travel in Ireland and the few days I stayed in Dublin. There are nice photos to do not too far from there, walking along the river Liffey to the former docklands ;) Nice POV, good reflections.
EstudioChispa (1890) 2014-01-08 12:41
Hello Dear Lisa!
This is YET ANOTHER textbook example from you. They say the great ones make it look easy, and it does seem that you only need turn your camera on and out comes great art!
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. I should also add that your work was an ever-present inspiration to me in this endeavor!
As you 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!
tyro (19368) 2014-01-09 12:31
Ciao cara Lisa,
Funnily enough, the last time I had a pint of Guinness (about four months ago), the barmaid poured the stuff out of a can into a pint pot then stuck the pint on top of a funny machine (? some ultrasonic device?) which magically made it go all white and then settle with the very familiar white head on top of the black nectar. And, suprisingly, it tasted rather good. Perhaps this is some modern technology? But I still don't think it quite had that wonderfully magical taste of a pint of Guinness poured ever so slowly in Dublin.
A lovely photograph with excellent diagonal composition and your usual expert control of the light. The reflections on the Liffey are divine, the colours natural and the details and sharpness exquisite.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-14 2:53
What a fine looking bridge complete with perfect mirror reflections in the still water. I prefer bridges from a top or a low POV but this one works well over here. Like the view of the modern looking 'beer' building as well it contrasts well with this very old bridge in the FG. Lovely light and natural colours. Thanks for sharing.
mirosu (12784) 2014-01-14 3:38
I was few weeks without internet (in the snowy mountains) and missed some of your beautiful photos.
I like the diagonal bridge arrangement and of course the superb reflections. Excellent photo work.
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
WINTER IN SWITZERLAND
abmdsudi (41434) 2014-01-14 23:28
The spanning old stone bridge is always an interesting subject for photography, here it's amazingly framed diagonally fairly good weather condition, linking it to equally eye catching buildings there. The catchy 'eyes' and calm water reflection steal the show really well as strong elements with excellent detail around, and your usual high quality treatment is second to none. This a very worthy clear shot with a perfect use of light & a pleasure to view. Congrats
Angshu (55039) 2014-01-16 0:11
Hello dear Lisa
The building which houses the beer companies of various nationalities in succession (British, Irish & Dutch) doesn't look pleasant in the setting of pleasing architectural examples of the bridge and the building on the right. The reflection is good, almost mirror like with the arches especially interesting in their repeating patterns and reflections. The POV is excellent
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-02-11 11:34
Nice image of the bridge.Sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done.TFS.