Posted by: marthabernie | August 28, 2014

THE RIVER LIFFEY – DUBLIN, IRELAND

I used a Canon AE-1 35 mm camera for about twenty years.  I rarely did anything but put it on AUTO, point and shoot.  On this day in early December, 1996, I was walking around Dublin in rather chilly weather.  It had frosted the night before, and when I started on my trek that morning, there were still a few skiffs of ice on the river.

When I got to this bridge to go across to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, I stopped and was amazed at the reflection of the Four Courts and other buildings on the Liffey.  It was blindingly bright that morning so I took a few shots with the AUTO setting and then fiddled with the other settings just to see what would happen.  I don’t know what I did or how this photo came out the way it did, but here it is.  I’ve never taken a photography class, and I paid little attention to the settings on the camera except when I thought I might get a better shot (and most of those turned out to be duds–remember this was in the day of film, not digital).  I still wish I had known how to get the sky and background less bright, but I did not use filters either, so this is it!


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