The National Botanic Gardens in Dublin were founded in 1795 and 200 hundred years later remain a peaceful and interesting place in which to spend a few hours. We were lucky to share our visit there with Noel Byrne who acted as our knowledgeable Dublin tour guide.
This is shot of the recently restored Great Palm House, one of several architecturally notable greenhouses in the gardens. Built in 1883 to replace an earlier wooden structure the greenhouse has recently been faithfully restored by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and was reopened in 2004.
Costing £800 when it was built in 1884, the Great Palm House was made of wood and iron and prefabricated in the Scottish town of Paisley by James Boyd & Son. It was shipped to Ireland in pieces and assembled on site: a Victorian flat-pack greenhouse, 65 feet high, 80 feet wide and 100 feet long.
In the years before the restoration, the Great Palm House had become seriously decayed and instable and was closed to the public in the early 2000s. After more than 100 years, its wrought iron, cast iron and timber construction had seriously deteriorated. Prior to its restoration a large number of panes of glass were breaking each year due to the corrosion and instability of the structure.
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rigoletto (33751) 2013-12-21 4:07
hi rosemary. the greenhouses and zoos of europe are good testimonies of the industrial age, the rise of wealthy class and its curiosity in the exotic lands, which also found its counterpart in the romanticism movement in arts. i like this elegant victorian architecture of iron and glass, has an art nouveau feeling in it. superb use of wide angle and monochrome tones too.
Romano46 (14496) 2013-12-21 4:09
nel bianco e nero sei bravissima e questa di oggi e la conferma di quanto ti ho appena detto.
Una gestione perfetta dei grigi si accoppia ad una ripresa impeccabile.
Una scelta indovinatissima come soggetto per una simile elaborazione.
Ciao, buona giornata e buon fine settimana
snunney (75072) 2013-12-21 4:24
Very good choice of black and white to help us concentrate on the subject and the superb graphical lines. I like the symmetrical frame and that dramatic sky, which contributes much to the mood of the composition. The image has a fine range of tones and excellent clarity.
Subhogen (3200) 2013-12-21 5:26
Great use of the wide angle lens, to present the 3 facades of the glass house in their entirety. The sky looks good with these dramatic clouds. Choice of B&W is very good, it helps the outer structure of the building to stand out, without paying much attention to what is inside. Splendid photo in monochrome, thanks for sharing.
Sergiom (48970) 2013-12-21 5:33
Un cadrage classique mais efficace. La contre plongée donne une belle ampleur à cette structure de verre des plus photogénique. L'ensemble est très symétrique et l'utilisation du noir et blanc est parfaite.
timecapturer (40248) 2013-12-21 8:36
another nice B&W shot, seem to be getting more popular this week! Love your POV and the wonderful atmosphere that the use of monochrome imparts here. The tonal quality is just superb as is the dramatic sky. A stunner!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
macjake (48349) 2013-12-21 11:08
great for you that you had Noel with you! I bet he's a fantastic guide.
I often worry about that myself...when and if someone comes to visit Vancouver, I don't see myself being an informative guide at all! I seriously don't know the history of buildings and such... :(
interesting note, interesting history.
I also wonder how this looks in full color.
they did a sparkling job to restore it.
and the low POV point upwards works so well.
nice shot indeed!
emka (67299) 2013-12-21 13:59
I had no time to see this palm House and I am not sure if it open in winter. splendid example of garden architecture from glass and iron. Impressive wide angle shot in black and white. Must be nice inside. I see there is a balcony there and it is possible to have a view from above of the upper level.
I wish you and your family happy and very Merry Christmas.
All the best MAlgo
carlo62 (22341) 2013-12-21 14:40
inquadratura perfetta, il b&w aumenta l'efficacia delle linee bianche delle vetrate e rende il cielo più carico e drammatico.
PS il trabucco nasce come arma mediavale, ma è stato utilizzato lo stesso nome per questo tipo di pesca proprio perchè ha una certa somiglianza all'arma.
lousat (67105) 2013-12-21 15:42
Hi Rosemary,this is absolutely beautiful! What a 3D effect,the plam house seem coming out of the screen...ehehe...and i like a lot your work in PP too,with this black and white so high contrasted,impressives details and exposure too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
jjcordier (69571) 2013-12-21 22:45
Le noir et blanc accentue le graphisme de cette serre et le ciel en arrière-plan est très beau. Très bonne photo.
Nicou (109695) 2013-12-21 23:11
quelle architecture et ediffice sueoprbe ce blanc et cette verrière avec des reflets sueprbe captage e image le contraste NB sont parfait.
Bravo et amitié
krzychu30 (14378) 2013-12-21 23:31
I must say the subjects suits perfectly for B&W!And your treatment here makes it takes on a new,fascinating look!
So shining and metallic.Also the sky helps you to create unique mood of the scene.
Definitely eye-catching and creative composition!
Have a nice sunday
Bartleby (13246) 2013-12-22 4:57
interesting in-your-face point of view and sepia treatment.
Noel_Byrne (16219) 2013-12-22 6:55
This is incredible, this place takes on such a different feeling when presented in strong black and white like this! While its such an inviting place, this presentation would make me a little hesitant to enter, as I would half expect to see man eating plants and triffids as much as great palms and banana trees :) The treatment has brought the iron work out in a very striking way, and as mentioned above lets us focus attention on that as opposed to the plants inside.
I've never considered B&W for these greenhouses before now, but I will in future. Beautiful symmetry and the sky is amazing too, making the whole scene seem like its moving. Bravo!
Thanks as always
marabu61 (6301) 2013-12-22 8:55
Impressive glass house indeed and well presented in black and white. The dramatic sky above the glass house is simply gorgeous.
I remember having seen a similar impressive glass house in a garden and park in Madrid some years back
have a great week
dekanski (1541) 2013-12-22 14:53
As usual - a great photo, excellent Note.
delpeoples (50271) 2013-12-30 4:34
Oooh love the bokeh, the strong contrasts, the amazing clouds and the low POV. I really like what you've done here in PP, making this an even more dramatic B7W than normal.
Thanks for sharing and I wish you a happy, loving and healthy 2014 with lots of travel and beautiful photos.
mkamionka (28031) 2014-01-01 10:09
I have visited this lovely garden several times while living in Dublin. I have even a photo from there on TE in which you can spot this Palm House (CLICK HERE to see it). I like your composition with amazing sky in the back, and the B&W resulted in an interesting atmosphere. Very well seen and captured.
I wish you a happy New Year!