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I have travelled a bit in warm southern countries where the sun is abundant and I have to say it is a real challenge to take an interesting photo having uniformly blue sky.
We have rarely this problem in Dublin all year round... :)
However, having too many clouds in the sky may be problematic as well. Optimally you do want the clouds but you don’t want them to obstruct the light completely. Heavy clouds may seem photogenic yet they affect also my mood so even if there are plenty of opportunities to take dramatic photographs in Ireland, when I see bad weather I tend to stay at home. As a consequence I did not use my camera for several weeks so I was glad to see sun for few hours today. The forecast promised crazy 18 degrees Celsius. There were just few such warm days this year... So I took my camera for a short walk. The place presented in the photo is a very touristy spot in Dublin City Centre along the River Liffey.

Ha'penny Bridge is a pedestrian bridge built in 1816 over the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland. Before the Ha'penny Bridge was built there were seven ferries, operated by a William Walsh, across the Liffey. The ferries were in a bad condition and Walsh was informed that he had to either fix them or build a bridge. Walsh chose the latter option and was granted the right to extract a ha'penny toll from anyone crossing it for 100 years. Initially the toll charge was based, not on the cost of construction, but to match the charges levied by the ferries it replaced. A further condition of construction was that, if the citizens of Dublin found the bridge and toll to be "objectionable" within its first year of operation, it was to be removed at no cost to the city. The toll was increased for a time to a Penny Ha'penny (one and a half pence), but was eventually dropped in 1919. While the toll was in operation, there were turnstiles at either end the bridge.

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