Irish Rail

Lose the Sky—Daily Post

Irish Rail Mark 4 in the Gullet.

Satruday May 3, 2014 was cloudy and bright. I met Colm O’Callahan at an old favorite location west of Heuston known as ‘the Gullet.’

It was here in the 1840s that the Great Southern & Western Railway excavated a deep cutting for the line coming up the bank out of Dublin. In so doing, they cut through an ancient Viking burial ground. Some of the artifacts and bones can be viewed at the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street.

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Exposed digitally with a Canon EOS 7D with 40mm lens. The leaves at left balance the front of Irish Rail 215 (leading the 1200 Dublin-Cork passenger train).

Photographing in the cutting has its challenges. However, in recent weeks, Irish Rail had re-ballasted the line, which brightened up the tracks and foreground. Directional overcast made for interesting lighting, while fresh green trees and grass offered some color.

To avoid the distraction of a white-sky, I completed cropped the horizon. This is a trick I learned years ago when studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology. If the horizon isn’t adding anything, lose it! To do this, it helps to have a bit of elevation.

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Tomorrow: Irish Rail on the May Bank Holiday!

 

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