Photographer's Note

This photograph presents two structures: a cathedral and a museum interconnected with a bridge. They are located in the area of Dublin which has some remains from the Viking times.
Surprisingly the building which has a cross on top of it (left) is the museum and the one with the rooster on the tower (right) is the cathedral.

Christ Church Cathedral was established by the Hiberno-Norse king of Dublin, Sitric "Silkbeard", and the first bishop of Dublin, Dunan. It was rebuilt by the Anglo-Norman archbishop, John Cumin in 1186. It is the cathedral for the Church of Ireland (Anglican) diocese of Dublin and Glendalough. By the 19th century it was in a bad state, but was completely remodelled by architect George Street in the 1870s.
The bridge to the Synod Hall (in the left) was added when the cathedral was being rebuilt in the 1870s.
Synod Hall was up to 1983 a home to the ruling body of the Church of Ireland, then a nightclub (!). Currently it is a site of Dublinia exhibition which presents a Viking and Medieval times in Dublin.

Christ Church Cathedral is one of the most interesting buildings in Dublin. I would personally include it in the top 5 things to see in the city and one of the most characteristic and unique pieces of architecture here. I have already presented it in a daylight CLICK HERE. I always wanted to photograph it at the blue hour together with the Dublinia museum (building in the left). I knew it won’t be easy as there is a busy street in front of the church. An additional complication was the fact that the cathedral was very well lit while the Dublinia museum was almost completely dark. Well lit objects come out very well at the blue hour but those which are not lit at all are better photographed either before or after blue hour. The challenge was how to photograph both of them together. I decided to take the photo just before the actual blue hour when some details of the museum were still visible and the cathedral was not too bright. Of course it still did not look that good. After the perspective correction and white balance adjustment I decided to make a pseudo-HDR from a single shot. I don’t even record multiple shots when a street or other type of movement is involved as the results are not natural. HDR increased the graphic effect especially on the museum which was completely covered in shade, at the same time it helped me to decrease the burned elements on the cathedral. I thought result is interesting although I consider repeating it.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4299 W: 91 N: 11074] (45461)
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