The Ha’penny Bridge, River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland

The Ha’penny Bridge, River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland – HDR Image, Textures added. ISO 6400, 35mm (equivalent), f/8.0, 1/7 sec. Hand held while braced on railing.

The Ha’penny Bridge, River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland

The Ha’penny Bridge, River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland. This shot was taken after a long day of walking around Dublin. What attracted me to this was the colors reflecting in the river. Incidentally the River Liffey scares the hell out of me. It looks like a black living monster that flows through the middle of the city. Fall into this and I’m pretty sure you will not be getting out. The river will eat you and your soul and no one will even notice.

The original image has been cropped down to frame the bridge in a more effective manner. It also makes the shadow walking over the bridge more visible. Light textures were added to get a bit more depth in the buildings, water, and sky. I also learned a new trick where I add some gaussian blur then use a layer mask to blur the image only in specific locations. I use this to give areas of the image a more dreamy look. Its subtle but I find it to be pretty effective. the image was created using Photomatix Pro, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at Pixelbip.com and writing about my experiences at EarthToKeir.com