Location Location Location: Making Claude Road Work.

I was trying think of a title that would get you to read this!

The Claude Road footbridge in Dublin offers an interesting vantage point for Irish Rail, but comes with its fair share of challenges.

It’s a location on an S-bend, which is a good thing, but also a visual puzzle, calling for the optimal lens-camera combination to yield satisfactory results.

I like the location because of the old mill in the distance to the west, and the views of Croke Park stadium to the east that offer distinctive location identification.

An Irish Rail ICR heading east for Connolly Station approaches Claude Road.
A slightly wider view of the same train.
An inbound 29000 series railcar heads toward Drumcondra Station, Croke Park looms in the distance.
An outbound 29000 series railcar some a similar vantage point.
To make the most of this image, I adjusted contrast and exposure in post processing.
Irish Rail 077 works ‘light engine’ toward Inchicore. This is a trailing view to make the most of the morning sunlight.

High railings at the center part of the footbridge can make it difficult for me to obtain the perfect angle, without aid of a footstool or tilting rear camera display.

I made these views on a sunny morning with my FujiFilm X-T1 with 18-135mm lens. The Fuji’s adjustable rear display allows me to hold the camera at arm’s length over the bridge railing..

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