I really like visiting Belfast. It has such a different atmosphere than Dublin, although it is just 1.5 hour away. It feels like a complex mixture of Ireland, UK and USA. Why USA? I think it was built in roughly same time as Boston.
As I like making postcards, this POV was always of a great interest to me. Yet there was always something in my way. Last time for example there were plenty of Christmas decorations, and although normally it is an extra bonus, the Christmas banners were hiding pretty much the view I was interested in. Last Saturday on the other hand I found out that the road is under construction. It is not a best foreground for a postcard but I just dont know if I will have another chance again so here you are: postcard from Belfast under construction.
This time in Belfast we took with friends so called Black Cab Tour. You are driven in a stylish black cab around Belfast while the cab driver tells you about the history. What is especially interesting is the difficult part of the history which you can learn from the first hand and they drive you to places which cannot be found on any touristic map. There is one more tour which I intend to participate in: boat trip to the docks where Titanic was built, but I wait with that for summer.
The building in the center with the huge dome is Belfast City Hall. I have showed it already from a different POV, although I am not proud of the previous upload either. To find out the exact POV you can check the map location in the right panel.
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mauro61 (52545) 2011-02-16 2:03
bella foto in notturna con il Duomo sullo sfondo e la perfetta definizione che avvolge la scena.
Luce ben dosata e anche se under construction una bellissima immagine,
asajernigan (19669) 2011-02-16 3:07
Nice shot of this city hall! The road leads the eye into the shot nicely. The construction barriers are a little bit of a distraction but the shot is still very good. Your capture of the blue hour scene is great with excellent blending of natural and artificial lighting. The golden tones of the lighted buildings are contrasted nicely by the deep blue sky.
sandpiper (6560) 2011-02-16 3:28
Excellent blue hour shot. Good composition and exposure. Lots of lovely sharp detail to admire.
timecapturer (36978) 2011-02-16 3:57
wonderfully controlled shot, the light is perfect and there is a magical glow about the image. The colours all bright as is the sharpness. Well done!
JFS (32453) 2011-02-16 5:10
In spite of the works the picture is beautiful. Great night light and sharpness. Thanks!
francio64 (38254) 2011-02-16 5:14
bella blue hour con un POV ben scelto che rende l'immagine molto ben composta.
Ottime le prospettive, il DOF e lo sharp.
Well done and TFS!
dipsybee (292) 2011-02-16 5:38
This is an interesting composition full of detail and many colours. You have chosen a good POV leading the eye
to the magnificent city hall. I like the way the golden light of the building and the blue of the evening sky are echoed in the street sign and road blocks down the centre of the road, this adds a nice touch.
Sergiom (45308) 2011-02-16 5:42
Une belle photo toute en douceur, grace ŕ un HDR trčs bien maitrisé qui fait ressortir tous les détails de l'endroit et la beauté du dôme en arričre plan.
faletiz (10759) 2011-02-16 6:14
beautiful perspective of palaces which leads our gaze to the Church, enlightened background. Excellent lighting management, great clarity and precision.
jaywalker (16091) 2011-02-16 6:54
Hi Mariusz, Although the lead in to the picture is a little spoiled by the surroundings eg the sign posts & the strange blocks to the left of the photo, you have still managed a very beautiful picture, the gorgeous blue hour sky & that stunning architecture creating a wonderful backdrop, also the detail & sharp focus are out-standing, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
SWEETFREEDOM (19902) 2011-02-16 7:11
i prefere this p.o.v. too than the other one, interesting the way you visited the city.good exposure an beauiful sky.
josepmarin (56471) 2011-02-16 7:12
the view of the architecture of Belfast that you offer to us in this good framing is very beautiful, the technical execution of the capture at blue hour is very good and the quality of the image is extraordinary.
The public works in the street are elements that always harm the beauty of a place, and consequently, harm the photographer, but that always are something inevitable.
It is an excellent work, my friend, I like its luminosity and the quality of the colors.
holmertz (31226) 2011-02-16 7:30
You found a good perspective for this photo and handled the light well. As a result you have produced very fine colours and created a good nightly atmosphere. I think Belfast has changed a lot since the only time I was there, 42 years ago!
Silvio1953 (105381) 2011-02-16 10:31
Ciao Mariusz, fantastic blue hour with excellent exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
sacimar (25969) 2011-02-16 10:43
good night shot of Belfast, the city hall is a beautiful building, the blue hour was perfect for the picture, well seen,
emka (64124) 2011-02-16 10:52
Ale piękna błękitna godzina. szkoda, ze są te przeszkody, ale co robić. Ratusz wygląda wspaniale. Znakomita pocztówka (byłaby bez tych rusztowań).
jemaflor (74044) 2011-02-16 11:00
Beautiful result with this well managed capture. Well the blue night sky, perfect to give a good result for the street and the tower in the bg.
ciakgiak (30379) 2011-02-16 12:28
raramente ho visto notturne tanto belle e cosě ben gestite nella qualitŕ e nell'esposizione. I colori e la luce sono splendidi, cosě come l'incantevole effetto dato dall'ora dello scatto. Qualitŕ sempre al top.
Un caro saluto
Sonata11 (31199) 2011-02-16 16:42
wspaniale uchwycony centralnie ratusz. Przypominam sobie wczesniejsze zdjecie zrobione z innej strony. Bardzo ladne zdjecie, slicznie oswitlony budynek, ciekawa architektura oraz piekne niebo. Bardzo dobra ostrosc, kolory, POV. Jednym slowem sliczna pocztowka. Moje gratulacje.
hispic (9619) 2011-02-16 19:19
The amazing ability to include even a construction to the motif. The one-way sign obviously lead the eye to the huge dome lit up in beautiful blue hour. Beautiful!
Best wishes, Hisashi
s_lush (16046) 2011-02-16 23:27
You have captured this architectural scene in such an artistic way that even construction equipment looks highly interesting and aesthetic, like some king of modern sculptures. As it always is in your night and blue-hour shots, the management of light and colors is absolutely excellent, as well as composition and photographic qualities. A highly masterful job!
Waylim (23310) 2011-02-16 23:46
The construction may have taken a bit of the cleanliness of the composition, but the light and exposure still makes this image very enjoyable. Good POV that lead us right to the city hall.
abmdsudi (32471) 2011-02-17 0:08
Excellent night photography, and thanks to sturdy tripod and slow shutter. You have done a remarkable job with this shot. Really have captured well with fantastic details of this place with superb clarity. An impressive architecture in the backdrop as main interest is well seen with strong lines, repeats and shapes and well illuminated. Great perspective, the warm color in general adds to the atmosphere of this shot. Excellent image and great technical quality. Great effort
kordinator (14795) 2011-02-17 1:34
Excellent places composition with fantastic architecture.
Great night light and sharpness.
Beautiful perspective of palaces which leads our gaze to the church, enlightened background.
Amazing blue sky make great contrast.
macjake (45574) 2011-02-17 2:24
personally, i think you're at your best in the blue hour.
i would love to know how long the exposure time is on this one.
the lights are very well kept under control, almost all of the lights are kept from burning out.
look at the KFC sign, looks great.
all the smaller lights are elegant and give a splash of color, but just a hint, a perfect amount to compliment the overall scene.
sharp as a tack
well done my friend
raszid62 (18583) 2011-02-17 4:20
Gdy ja byłem w Belfascie, była paskudna pogoda, silny wiatr i ulewny deszcz, były też ograniczenia w prądzie i oświetleniu, dlatego też miasto wydało mi sie wtedy ponure i brzydkie. Na twoim zdjęciu wygląda jednak bardzo ładnie. Piękne swiatła i kolosalna nocna kolorystyka.
adramad (30865) 2011-02-17 5:01
Although you're not completely satisfied, the potential to capture a perfect postcard of Belfast. I have to say that I find very beautiful image, with this good prospect on both sides of the street and the elegant Town Hall in the background.
The Blue Hour, gives you a beautiful color, with that beautiful sky and good lighting of buildings.
Have a nice evening. Best regards.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-02-17 8:13
Excellent blue hour with a good managment of light. The coloured elements arise very well. POV well selcetd too with the street which learn the glance to the religioue edifice in the BG.
Have a nice evening,
vasilpro (40557) 2011-02-17 9:04
Wonderful nocturne composition from an excellent POV, interesting architecture, lovely light management, beautiful colors, very good contrast, fine photo work!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
ilDottore (5252) 2011-02-17 9:39
Fajna perspektywa. Kolor nieba rozwalający. Zrobiłeś zdjęcie z po prostu idealnym wyczuciem czasu. Fajne "duchy" na ulicy.
Ja bym scenę chyba nieco przyciemnił, bo w sumie tylko ta kopuła jest fajna a na ulicy wiele ciekawego się nie dzieje, centralna kompozycja i perspektywa są tu najważniejsze, ale to tylko moje zdanie.
PS: Sorki że się nie odzywam na podany telefon, ale jak zwykle jestem niezwykle ;) zapracowany! Teraz weekend wolny - może też bym skoczył do NI zobaczyć jak żyją poddani Królowej? Eeeeee - pewno znow się skonczy tylko na planowaniu! :(
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2011-02-17 11:33
I really love the light management. Only a question..what was the exposure?
chawax (16463) 2011-02-17 11:40
I've been in Belfast two years ago and I loved visiting it too ! A nice view here, with roadworks as a good symbol for this town which changes a lot for a few years. I love the POV on the great Belfast City Hall and the blue hour light.
Fis2 (76922) 2011-02-17 13:06
Ladny kadr i perspektywa.
Ciekawie podswietlona ta kopula.
Bajkowe kolory ;)
bukitgolfb301 (32600) 2011-02-17 14:26
Hi my dear Mariusz
So fantastic and gorgeous shot again!
This is a typical historical European image indeed, I am sure. Perfect twilight atmospere you describe. Marvelous compsition of each component and very sharp and clear presentation in the detail are so marvelous as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good day and best regards,
Takero from Rainy Tokyo
paololg (31446) 2011-02-17 14:38
Very beautiful, simply amazing! Congratulations, dear Mariusz, a absolutely perfect nighttime photo, a blue hour captured in fantastic way with a magistral sharpness and a unbelievable management of the light. It's a true pleasure to admire the endless details. BRAVO!
Ciao, have a nice Friday!
AKITA (15125) 2011-02-17 18:24
colorful lights and lighted walls are splendid,
a beautiful night view shot of attractive Belfast street,
picturesque composition of perspective and cheerful shining colors against deep blue sky are wonderful,
delightful ambience is fine,
thank you for your excellent shot,
ifege (9899) 2011-02-17 22:42
An excellent evening photo Mariusz - good colour and interesting subject matter.
Graal (92118) 2011-02-17 23:08
ladnie tutaj, kolorowo. Fajna pore wybrales, blue hour, jak tu czesto sie okresla. Miejski ratusz fajnie oswietlony. Dobra notka i jakosc zdjecia. Moze byc na swietna pocztowke.
delpeoples (48576) 2011-02-18 2:59
You make even a construction site look beautiful! This is an achievement. I agree with you about Belfast, it is an amazing city to visit, with so many treasures. Despite the uneven light, the exposition is superb. I love the blue tones of your Blue Hour. An immaculate image executed by an expert. Congratulations.
danos (78040) 2011-02-18 4:36
Good morning Mariusz,
nice the view of this nocturne shot of the Belfast City Hall,with the light and the colour management to be superb.I like the creative perspective as the POV the most beautiful hour of the day, the blue hour.
have a good day,Danos
jafadabret (56497) 2011-02-18 8:33
La chaussée est en travaux mais la photo reste trčs belle avec les illuminations des façades et le ciel ŕ l'heure bleue.
Beau travail !
Ricx (13489) 2011-02-19 0:55
Hi Mariusz, a lovely and dramatic evening shot of Belfast. nice activity and ghostly movement. and a good focal point on the City Hall.. I tried to put my self in your position when taking the image and my first feeling would be to have removed the barriers from the image - yet when I look at them again they add the character to the photo and possibly represent the hard times that this City has had. ( I had not realised that it has a similar history to Boston). a great image and well done Have a good weekend Rich
ManuMay (33975) 2011-02-19 23:51
Good and useful note!! ;)
A very interesting complex "under construction". The point of view choosen enhances the coupole light and forms...This use of 1 second exposure is really good to achieve this good definition and details... Great work!!
And thanks too for the map information...
Have a nice sunday...
Angshu (52890) 2011-02-21 4:24
A great blue hour shot! I wonder about the lack of anything here...vehicles, people...quite amazing & that's the reason this shot looks great especially with the lit up dome of the City Hall. The perspective & lead-in has been well created with the street.
Cricri (92095) 2011-02-21 10:40
Trčs belle image a l'heure bleu, excellent POV et ambiance magnifiques des éclairages de couleurs, trčs belle réalisation
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4612) 2011-02-22 21:00
Great imagery, suits your title much! Wonderful exposure, I liked the understated effect of HDR in here, illuminates everything perfectly and gives us every detail of the picture not to mention the outstanding colors produced. Great composition and very nice blue hour.
HAve a great day,
Longroute (19392) 2011-03-17 11:42
There still are several photos of you who I'd like to comment...
this is one of those. The main and the best feature which one notice at first is the light: the image is brilliant with light, so well managed. Together with that comes the vivid colours. It seems that Belfast is the city of light and colours, almost a Mediterranean city, or maybe it's only here in this street?
Your photo is so sharp and rich in details that one is never tired to look at it. Really this is not a compliment but your photos are a reference to me, a standard of quality which I'd like to reach when I'll have a better camera.
The composition is so pleasant that even those "under construction barriers" fit well!
kennyblack (4207) 2012-02-08 13:08
Hello Mariusz, superb image quality with surprising night. Clear in every detail and color with a very soft. Excellent light management. Really a great job.
Greetings and best wishes for good evening ... Marino
SimoAle (170) 2013-11-04 8:53
complimenti per la bella luce e l'intensitŕ di tutta l'immagine! Molto bello il gioco dei colori luminosi e del blu del cielo! Peccato per tutte quelle transenne che costeggiano la strada e che rovinano un po' la scena...
A presto saluti
rigoletto (32746) 2013-11-04 9:01
following simo's critique, i found this one! what a magnificent postcard it is, crisp to the subtlest detail! thanks to the arrow sign, we find the city hall at the end of the street, joining to a crowning blue hour. enjoy your belated 98th and finally 100th point for this one :)
(btw, i should go and search how many buildings on earth have been inspired by st. peter's in vatican)
fds (6313) 2013-11-04 9:02
great friend another very beautiful postcard and cityscape in this case from Belfast by night
very beautiful colors and great scharpnees and for my great document
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (27051)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-02-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-16 1:54