This is the Four Courts of Dublin. It seems that not just Italians have difficulty with the maths (you might remember my photo of Cinque Terre, the Five Lands where the difficulty was that there were actually six of them. Well here the Irish have caught the bug.
Historically, these buildings housed the Central Criminal Court, the Supreme Court, the Dublin Circuit Court and the High Court. Now they only house three of them, but the name Four Courts has remained.
The Four Courts occupy pride of place along the beautiful River Liffey, and with good reason. They also occupy an important place in Irish History, not just for their role in Irish justice. They were heavily bombarded by British fire during the 1916 Easter Rising. In 1922 they were occupied by Republican forces opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The Republicans were eventually ousted by the Provisional Government forces, after again sustaining extensive damage. They were re-opened in 1932, despite many of the treasures and architecture having been irreparably damaged.
Due to family reasons, I was only in Dublin for half a day and was very disappointed not to have met Noel or Rosemary, Noel of course is a local and Rosemary and her husband who were travelling there at the time. So I dedicate the photo to you both.
Canon 5D MkII
19mm using 17-40mm lens
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papagolf21 (89716) 2013-11-15 3:09
Très belle prise de vue entre chien et loup. Les lumières se reflétant sur l'eau sont un atout supplémentaire.
Belle architecture d'ensemble.
Très bonne journée.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-15 3:37
I am a great admirer of your blue hour expertise and I really do need to get out and try it, as it is an avenue of my photography that lies un-explored. This is a fine example of how it should be done, with immaculate detail and light management. I always feel a little ashamed when TE members have travelled 1000's of miles to a City that lies just across the water from me. Really must get over to Ireland, I have friends living in Donegal so have no real excuses other than funds, I suppose. Super-shot!
Have a good weekend - B.
rigoletto (34269) 2013-11-15 3:58
hi lisa. so, today you are into courthouses :) nice to have 3 courts but still name it four. it is like the math of istanbul, which was built on seven hills but today spans more than 70 hills :))
nice blue hour captured. seeing the ripples on water, i would think this is a faster shutter than 13 seconds. i guess you would still have time to meet our TE friends if you chose moving fast to dealing long exposures with tripod. ha ha ha, i am bad...
lousat (81690) 2013-11-15 4:20
Ciao Lisa,gran scelta del momento la blue hour risalta ancora di piu' le luci dell'edificio,poi tu sai sempre come esporre al meglio la situazione ed il risultato è molto professionale,buon weekend e complimenti,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (27000) 2013-11-15 5:13
Now that’s a beauty of a shot of this iconic place, especially the blue hour light in the background which I too must get out and try and capture more often. The water is so calm to give that lovely reflection of both the building and the streetlights, it’s very hard to get the Liffey like this. And a special mention to how you managed to compose this. I always find the buildings along the Liffey difficult to get this level of reflection on, because of the walls at the side, you have to be tall to be able to get the correct angle and not cut part of the building off. You managed that perfectly here, so I’m guessing that either you are 6 foot five, you brought a stepladder, or you left Ireland by Hot Air Balloon
This place really does look superb under this light, and its made me smile immensely, if I remember correctly, about 7 hours after you took this, I was standing right over there trying to take shots of the dome! Small world sometimes, and an awful shame we didn’t get to meet. Next time for definite!
Have a great weekend.
SnapRJW (31625) 2013-11-15 5:30
Thank you dear friend for the dedication and likewise... it was a blow not to have met you but the pleasure and privilege remains to be enjoyed one day soon I hope.
The richness of the scene here is more than suitable for the elegant subject and the colours in the water remind me of dark chocolate in blue and gold foil. Immaculate processing here. Have a super weekend. Rosemary
Sergiom (66285) 2013-11-15 5:47
There is something a little bit disturbing in the foreground of the picture. Don't know what. But the background is perfect at the blue hour. It is nice to see the reflection on the water pointing directly towards you.
Have a nice wekend
photoray (13428) 2013-11-15 7:17
Four Courts must be part of the "new math" which I have not understood being old school?
A beautiful panorama of the Romanesque and Georgian architectures blended in the night light, then mystical gold glows in the water.
Have a fun and healthy weekend,
from Vagabum Ray
macjake (60642) 2013-11-15 15:08
yes, I'd be a bit miffed too if I traveled all the way to Ireland and didn't meet Noel!
perhaps next time, and you know you'll be visiting Ireland again.
as for the name thing, you know how people are...you change the name of a place then there's a big uproar about it, and people all of a sudden can't even find it anymore lol
so maybe its good just to keep it the same despite the obvious # infarction.
Nice to see the F14 with the star lights, and the illumination of the dome is stupendous!
You even brought your tripod along with you on this journey! How'd you manage that....that means something else had to be sacrificed! I wonder what...
sweet looking shot
see you around
carlo62 (38052) 2013-11-15 15:21
proprio poche ore fa ho letto un cartellone pubblicitario con la scritta "carluccio" e subito ho pensato a te, che mi hai ribattezzato così.
Splendida foto, la tua firma è nell'acqua setosa, colpita dai riflessi in questa ora blu, che tu hai saputo catturare con cura e tecnica.
fabbs99 (16815) 2013-11-15 20:02
Namaste ! Beautiful shot of this great architecture at night . Excellent viewpoint, superb tight crop with high clarity. Really nice shot. Well done .TFS.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2013-11-15 20:14
Lisa, nice to see this picture with the magnificent colors and the fantastic reflection..the light of this hour is superb!!
my compliments and a big hug
jjcordier (78388) 2013-11-15 23:01
Une heure bleue bien maîtrisée mais je m'interroge sur le cadrage 50/50, le premier plan me semblant un peu moins intéressant et un peu sombre. J'en aurais bien coupé la moitié?
dkmurphys (52271) 2013-11-15 23:29
Superb blue hour capture. I like the atmosphere, it must be a great city.
Enjoy a fine weekend.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-16 2:10
da ogni tua foto traspare sempre la cura con la quale la prepari e poi la esegui.
Da cui composizioni sempre perfette e dettagli sempre nitidi, come in questa ora blu che dipinge una Dublino che è terreno quasi indisturbato di Noel con le sue belle proposte.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Silvio1953 (129368) 2013-11-16 5:38
Ciao Lisa, favolosa ora blu, fantastici riflessi, gran bella, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
tyro (21794) 2013-11-16 6:16
Ciao cara Lisa,
i just knew that Noel and Rosemary would love this one! And why shouldn't they indeed?
This is a beautiful photograph taken with excellent timing just at the perfect window in the "blue hour" with a wonderful admixture of natural and artificial light sources and with stunning reflections on the inky water of the Liffey.
Gorgeous colours, excellent composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
An interesting and informative note too.
mkamionka (32367) 2013-11-16 13:44
beautiful blue hour shot of Four Courts. This is one of my favourite spots in Dublin. The building is so elegant and well located near the river. I have one blue hour shot of this place in my collection too (CLICK HERE).
I like here very much the almost symmetrical reflections. Nice star shaped lights too.
emka (85255) 2013-11-17 0:06
Ciao cara Lisa,
As it is with me, I was very interested by your note and wondered the in ireland they had problems with counting even to four. but the answer is very simple, the Supreme Court, the High Court and the Dublin Circuit Court are still there but Central Criminal Court is now somewhere else.
Fantastic blue hour shot with reflection, our favorite here on TE. I do not expect to do similar shot, I do not think the weather will be good and with only hand luggage allowed, my new tripod must stay at home :).
superb composition and lights and colours.
Warm regrads malgo
Highmountains (2287) 2013-11-17 2:51
Your low light photographs are always so beautiful. i struggle with them. The Four Courts is supposed to have the river in front. Is this water body the river ? its so still and the reflections have come off extraordinarily well. The streaks of yellow light lend so much warmth to the scene.
The dome of the Four Courts looks sharp and the creamy marble with yellow lighting from below makes it look so elegant and beautiful. The blue sky adds to the effect and the contrast highlights the trees that line the front..
Thanks for sharing Lisa.
sabermonajati (10279) 2013-11-17 5:23
nice view from building with amazing light you captured.
mirosu (15156) 2013-11-17 5:38
This is a beautiful blue hour’s view to the court building. Really an excellent photo, and is a good example of nightscape mode. The great court building lighting and the excellent reflections also lends a lovely contrast to the scene. Very well done!!!
p.s. The "lady" in my Kerala photo is a man (ha, ha, but Kerala people like colors)
Cricri (110665) 2013-11-18 8:39
Hi dear Lisa
Belle mise en valeur du bâtiment illuminé , a heure bleu et des reflets sur l'avant plan
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-11-18 12:52
beautiful contribution to Dublin´s gallery here on TE!
The combination of blue sky and artificial lights as well as these reflections in the water make your composition truly magnificent!
Definitely one of the cities I´d love to visit!
Royaldevon (33061) 2013-11-20 2:15
A delightful dedication and one which they are sure to proudly receive.
The buildings certainly have a strong prominence and are beautifully captured in this blue hour shot but I cannot help being constantly drawn to the flaming water with is ghostly reflection.
Have a lovely day,
ourania (35862) 2013-11-20 14:21
Hello dear Lisa,
a beautiful evening picture with superb definition and exquisite atmosphere. I like very much the way you've divided the frame in two halves, the long exposure and the bold dark colours have rendered the lower half a mysterious interpretation of the real view above. I love the luminosity of the sky, the mystery of the shadows, the warmth and contrast offered by the orange tones. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Didi (58788) 2013-11-21 10:48
In spite of the little tilt :) I note here a very good management of lights in the blue hour
ikeharel (62139) 2013-12-07 1:30
An exquisite blue-hour photo, Lisa.
The illuminated edifice is marvelousely in view and contrast to the dark water and trees. a slight relection, not so dissonant on picture, but added a bit of charm to the whole.
Perfcet location for a POV chosen, well done as you always care to do.
Enjoy a nice weekend.