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Shows Dublin’s LUAS trams.

LUAS Cross City Progress—March 2017 North Side inspection.

Over the last few years works have been underway in the Dublin city centre to install tram tracks and related infrastructure for the LUAS Cross City extension of the Green Line.

Last week, Mark Healy and I made a walking tour on Dublin’s North Side to inspect progress on this route.

Part of the route uses the former Midland Great Western Railway right of way from its old Broadstone terminus to Broombridge.

Looking south on Marlborough Street.
Marlborough Street.

Looking toward Dominick Street Upper.
Looking toward Broadstone on the old Midland route, now with LUAS tracks.
LUAS at Phibsborough.
Looking toward Broombridge.

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Dublin’s LUAS at Smithfield—March 2017.

Last week I used my Lumix LX7 to exposed this view of an eastbound tram on the LUAS Red Line at Smithfield.

This is an example of a low angle photograph, intended to make for a slightly more dramatic image. When I was much younger I made many photos of streetcars from this lower perspective, but not the sake of drama.

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Multi-coloured Tram Glides Down Harcourt Street.

The gloom of last Sunday afternoon in Dublin was briefly brightened by the appearance of this specially painted tram, dressed in the latest advertising livery.

Having spotted the tram arriving at St. Stephens Green, I hoofed it up Harcourt Street, where I selected a spot near the Albany House Hotel to photograph its outbound run.

Exposed using my Lumix LX7.

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View from the Gutter.

Literally.

Hooray for puddles and dusk. (I’ve put all the useful information in the caption).

LUAS Citadis tram exposed on Benburb Street in Dublin using a Lumix LX7. ISO 80 1/4 second at f1.7—handheld. By keeping the camera very close to the surface of the water, I was able to make the most of the reflection.

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LUAS Cross City Works, November 2016 Update—ten photos.

The other day, Mark Healy and I continued our review of Dublin’s LUAS Cross City construction.

Track laying is well advanced through the city centre, yet gaps remain. Beyond Broadstone on the old Midland Line, preparatory work is on-going, while a short section of double track in the cutting near the Cabra Road is now in place.

O'Connell Street looking south.
O’Connell Street looking south.
O'Connell Street looking south.
O’Connell Street looking south.
O'Connell Street.
O’Connell Street.
Parnell Street.
Parnell Street.
Dominick Street.
Dominick Street Upper.
View from the North Circular Road looking toward the old Midland Railway Broadstone terminus.
View from the North Circular Road looking toward the old Midland Railway Broadstone terminus.
View looking south from Cabra Road toward the North Circular Road bridge and Broadstone.
View looking south from Cabra Road toward the North Circular Road bridge and Broadstone.
Cabral Road looking North toward a recently constructed double track section.
Cabra Road looking North toward a recently constructed double track section.
O'Connell Street.
O’Connell Street.
O'Connell Street at sunset.
O’Connell Street at sunset.

I made these photos using my Lumix LX7 set in ‘A’ mode, but with a + 1/3 exposure override to compensate for the white sky and keep the shadows from blocking up.

All the images presented are scaled Camera JPGs. I have not modified the files for exposure, contrast or color.

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Tracking the Light Special Post: LUAS Green Line Service Suspension—7 October 2016

Today (7 October 2016), Dublin’s LUAS Green Line was out of service owing to an unspecified disruption.

Mark Healy and I were exploring progress LUAS Cross City works near the St. Stephen’s Green, where we found no-less than four Alstom Citadis trams inoperable and parked.

As of 2:45pm, LUAS was reporting that Green Line service remained suspended.

More recent reports indicate it could be Saturday morning before service resumes.

See: https://www.luas.ie/travel-updates/

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LUAS tram 5002 appears to have a pantograph tied down with a blue cable/securing device.

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I exposed these photos of the stalled trams using my Lumix LX7.

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LUAS Cross City update—A Dozen New Views from Dublin’s North Side.

Track and platform construction continues in Dublin on Ireland’s latest rail-transit route.

When completed LUAS Cross City will extend the Green Line north through the Dublin City Centre via Parnell Square to Broadstone and beyond to a new terminus at Broombridge.

The other day Mark Healy and I made an inspection of the work in progress.

Safety fences combined with the visual chaos of this urban setting makes for challenging photography. I’m hoping to add these images to my file of now and then images once the project is completed and functional.

Looking toward Broadstone from the North Circular Road. Lumix LX7 photo.
Looking toward Broadstone from the North Circular Road. Lumix LX7 photo.
Tracks at Broadstone. The old railway terminal is featured at the right. Lumix LX7 photo.
Tracks at Broadstone. The old railway terminal is featured at the right. Lumix LX7 photo.
Construction fences and other modern ugliness make visually effective photography difficult. Lumix LX7 photo.
Construction fences and other modern ugliness make visually effective photography difficult. Lumix LX7 photo.
Dominick Street Lower. Lumix LX7 photo.
Dominick Street Upper. Lumix LX7 photo.
Dominick Street Lower. Lumix LX7 photo.
Dominick Street Lower. Lumix LX7 photo.
New tracks in Dublin's north inner city. Lumix LX7 photo.
New tracks in Dublin’s north inner city. Lumix LX7 photo.
O'Connell Street looking toward the Parnell monument. Lumix LX7 photo.
O’Connell Street looking toward the Parnell monument. Lumix LX7 photo.
General Post Office, O'Connell Street, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
General Post Office, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
New square crossing at Abbey Street and O'Connell Street. Red Line tram waiting at the lights. FujiFilm XT1 digital camera.
New square crossing at Abbey Street and O’Connell Street. Red Line tram waiting at the lights. FujiFilm XT1 digital camera.
A mix of new and old trackage on Abbey Street. One leg of the Cross City route will cross the Red Line at Abbey Street. FujiFilm XT1 digital camera.
A mix of new and old trackage on Abbey Street. One leg of the Cross City route will cross the Red Line at Abbey Street. FujiFilm XT1 digital camera.
Some interesting trackage on Abbey Street. FujiFilm XT1 digital camera.
Some interesting trackage on the Red Line at  Abbey Street. FujiFilm XT1 digital camera.
Red Line LUAS trams pass near the Loop Line Bridge on Abbey Street. The new crossing on Marlborough Street is behind me.
Red Line LUAS trams pass near the Loop Line Bridge on Abbey Street. The new crossing on Marlborough Street is behind me.
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LUAS before the safety yellow bands.

LUAS trams at Heuston Station on 31 July 2005. Exposed on Fujichrome Sensia 100 with a Nikon F3 with 180mm lens.
LUAS trams at Heuston Station on 31 July 2005. Exposed on Fujichrome Sensia 100 with a Nikon F3 with 180mm lens.

Lately LUAS has made headlines in Ireland as the result of high-profile service disruptions owing to disputes with tram drivers.

Looking back more than ten years; I made this photo at Heuston Station when the LUAS Red Line was still a relatively new service. Back then the 3001-series trams were still in a short configuration.

From a photographic perspective, in their early appearance the trams seemed a bit naked, as the safety-yellow banding hadn’t been applied.

At the time of this image, the use of the center platform at Heuston was a relatively unusual occurrence.

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2016 Easter Special: LUAS and the Postbox.

As part of the Easter Rising Centenary several Dublin post boxes have been temporarily painted red to mark significant locations of this historic Irish event.

Exposed using a FujiFilm X-T1 fitted with Zeiss 12mm Tuoit lens; contrast adjusted on site with a Lee graduated neutral density filter.
Exposed using a FujiFilm X-T1 fitted with Zeiss 12mm Tuoit lens; contrast adjusted on site with a Lee graduated neutral density filter.

Mark Healy suggested this location to me as a place to photograph one of the specially painted post boxes with the LUAS. It  is located near the Royal College of Surgeons across from St. Stephens Green.

Exposed using a FujiFilm X-T1 fitted with Zeiss 12mm Tuoit lens; contrast adjusted on site with a Lee graduated neutral density filter.
Exposed using a FujiFilm X-T1 fitted with Zeiss 12mm Tuoit lens; contrast adjusted on site with a Lee graduated neutral density filter.
Exposed using a FujiFilm X-T1 fitted with Zeiss 12mm Tuoit lens.
Exposed using a FujiFilm X-T1 fitted with Zeiss 12mm Tuoit lens.

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More on the New Tracks: Dublin’s Cross City LUAS Progress; South Side.

This is a cursory survey of new trackage now being installed for Dublin’s Cross City extension of the LUAS Green Line tram route. (The first portion of the Green Line had opened in 2004.)

A couple of weeks ago, Mark Healy and I inspected progress on Dublin’s North Side.

We made a follow up trip last week and these photos were made walking the route along Hawkins Street, College Green, Nassau and Dawson Streets to St. Stephen’s Green (present southern terminus).

I made these photos with my Lumix LX7.

Hawkins Street, Dublin. March 2016.
Hawkins Street, Dublin. March 2016.
Looking toward College Green.
Looking toward College Green.
From the foot of Grafton Street looking toward College Green.
From the foot of Grafton Street looking toward College Green. (Trinity College at right).
Dawson Street looking south.
Dawson Street looking south.

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Map of the new line.
Map of the new line.
Dawson Street looking north.
Dawson Street looking north.

 

Dawson Street looking north.
Dawson Street looking north.
St. Stephens Green.
St. Stephens Green.
St. Stephens Green.
St. Stephens Green.
St. Stephens Green.
St. Stephens Green.
St. Stephens Green.
St. Stephens Green.
St. Stephens Green.
St. Stephens Green.

One downside to the completion of the line will be the necessity to string catenary through the Dublin city centre. This will complicate photography of historic architecture.

Of course this same architecture will make for some nice backdrops.

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Dublin’s Heuston Station Lit for St. Patrick’s Day 2016.

It’s become an annual tradition to illuminate notable buildings around Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

I made this image of Heuston Station using my Lumix LX7 mounted on a mini Gitzo tripod.

Heuston is among the stations featured in my book Railway Depots, Stations & Terminals published by Voyageur Press in 2015.

Exposed using a Lumix LX7 at f2.5for  1 second in Vivid Mode at ISO 80. Contrast and saturation adjusted in post processing.
Exposed using a Lumix LX7 at f2.5for  1 second in Vivid Mode at ISO 80. Contrast and saturation adjusted in post processing.

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Dublin, 7 March 2016: Just the Tracks! (Tram Tracks, that is)

Yesterday, Mark Healy brought me on a walking tour of LUAS construction in Dublin’s north inner city.

We started at Marlborough Street and walked to Broadstone and Phibsborough.

Marlborough Street, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
Marlborough Street, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
Marlborough Street, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
Marlborough Street, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
Marlborough Street, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
Marlborough Street, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
Dominick Street.
Dominick Street.
View from Cabra Road looking back toward Broadstone.
View from Cabra Road looking back toward Broadstone.
O'Connell Street.
O’Connell Street.

I made these documentary views with my Lumix LX7.

When trams begin operation in a year or so, I plan to return for some comparison views.

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Tracking the Light Bonus: Virgin LUAS Sees the Light!

I’ve written before: always have a camera at the ready. I live by this rule.

Minutes ago (8:20 am, 7 October 2015), I was hastily making my way to the Dublin airport bus, when I spotted LUAS tram 4012 dressed in Virgin advertising making its Heuston Station stop. (Tram featured yesterday in ‘Extra: Virgin Luas . . .’).

With one hand on my suitcase, I grabbed my Lumix LX7, adjusted the exposure dial, and put myself in position on Sean Heuston Bridge to catch the tram in the window of morning sun. After exposing photos, I jumped on the 747  bus, where I am presently.

Dublin bus has free wi-fi, which facilitates extra posts such as this one.

Virgin LUAS at Heuston Station.
Virgin LUAS at Heuston Station.
Exposed with a Lumix LX7.
Exposed with a Lumix LX7.
The trailing view has my shadow. Can't win everything.
The trailing view has my shadow. Can’t win everything.

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Lumix LX7 view from the 747 bus. Contrast adjusted using Lightroom. Posted from the the bus.
Lumix LX7 view from the 747 bus. Contrast adjusted using Lightroom. Posted from the the bus.
Lumix LX7 view from the 747 bus. Contrast adjusted using Lightroom. Posted from the the bus. (That's not a Virgin tram, so I'm told.)
Lumix LX7 view from the 747 bus. Contrast adjusted using Lightroom. Posted from the the bus. (That’s not a Virgin tram, so I’m told.)

Tracking the Light EXTRA: VIRGIN LUAS on Dublin’s Streets.

To quote the phrase, Just Sayin’.

Twice over the last 24 hours, LUAS tram 4012 has caught my attention. This wears the latest of recent advertising liveries.

The red lettering helps makes for more interesting photos, although the lighting was pretty poor. I’ve had to make a variety of contrast adjustments in LightRoom to put a bit of zest into otherwise flat street photos. Silver trams on a dull day.

My opportunities to photograph 4012 are relatively limited. Maybe the sun will shine tomorrow, but then again if doesn’t I have my ‘safety shots’.

Abbey Street Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo, contrast adjusted in post processing.
Abbey Street Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo, contrast adjusted in post processing.
Abbey Street Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo, contrast adjusted in post processing.
Abbey Street Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo, contrast adjusted in post processing.

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Making ‘Before Photos’ while there’s still time.

In Dublin, LUAS Cross City works are underway. Ultimately, these new tram lines will link Red Line and Green Line routes (presently isolated from one another) and run all the way to Broombridge for an interface with Irish Rail’s line to Maynooth.

Back when the first two LUAS lines were under construction, I missed the opportunity to make lots of ‘before’ photos. I did make some, but not nearly enough.

The other morning was clear and bright, so I walked the route of the new tram line from the Midland Great Western terminus at Broadstone to O’Connell Bridge.

Excavation and track laying works are underway in several places along with detailed signs about the project. These photos probably won’t win prizes for artistic achievement, but I’m sure that they will age well, and make for excellent ‘before’ scenes in a few years time.

Map of LUAs Cross City works and plan. Lumix LX7 photo.
Map of LUAs Cross City works and plan. Lumix LX7 photo.
Detail of the old Midland Great Western terminal at Broadstone. The shed remains as an active bus depot (repair/storage facility), but passenger trains vacated the old terminus in the 1930s. Soon the LUAS will have a stop nearby. Lumix LX7 photo.
Detail of the old Midland Great Western terminal at Broadstone. The shed remains as an active bus depot (repair/storage facility), but passenger trains vacated the old terminus in the 1930s. Soon the LUAS will have a stop nearby. Unfortunately, while LUAS works are underway, it is difficult to make views of this historic building. Lumix LX7 photo.
View looking toward Dominic Street Upper from Broadstone. Dominic Street will carry the tracks from the city centre. Lumix LX7 photo.
View looking toward Dominic Street Upper from Broadstone. Dominic Street will carry the tracks from the city centre. Lumix LX7 photo.
View from Dominic Street Upper looking toward Broadstone. Lumix LX7 photo.
View from Dominic Street Upper looking toward Broadstone. Lumix LX7 photo.
Dominic Street Upper looking north.
Dominic Street Upper looking north.
LUAS works on Parnell Street. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS works on Parnell Street. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS works on Parnell Street. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS works on Parnell Street. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS works on Parnell Street. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS works on Parnell Street. Lumix LX7 photo.
O'Connell Street looking south.
O’Connell Street looking south.
O'Connell Street looking south. Lumix LX7 Photo.
O’Connell Street looking south. Lumix LX7 Photo.
O'Connell Street looking south. Lumix LX7 Photo.
O’Connell Street looking south. Lumix LX7 Photo.
O'Connell Street. Lumix LX7 Photo.
O’Connell Street. Lumix LX7 Photo.
FujiFilm XT-1 digital photo.
FujiFilm XT-1 digital photo.
LUAS Red Line tram at Blackhall Place. I wish I'd made a photo at this corner prior to 2004!
LUAS Red Line tram at Blackhall Place. I wish I’d made a photo at this corner prior to 2004! (That’s my point). FujiFilm X-T1.

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LUAS at Dusk—Silvery Trams in Silhouette

The other evening, rain had cleared, and clear skies prevailed for a little while before sunset.

Yet, heavy clouds were encroaching from the west, making for some interesting evening light.

I made the opportunity to take a spin on Dublin’s LUAS Green Line.

Pausing at Dundrum, I  made photos of the trams crossing the Dargan Bridge.

The far end of the line at Brides Glen (I saw no brides) was a convenient place to make some portraits of the 5000-series LUAS Citadis tram that I’d traveled on.

I was one of two passengers to board on the return trip. It took the tram 39 minutes to make the run to St. Stephens Green. By time I arrived, the rain had closed in again.

The LUAS trams are a silver-tinted with lilac, with large plate windows, which makes them ideal for photos at dusk. The trams reflect the hues of the evening light.

I exposed these images using my Lumix LX7.

Inbound LUAS tram glides across the Dargan Bridge at Dundrum. Exposed as a RAW file with my Lumix LX7, white balance set to 'daylight', contrast adjusted in post processing.
Inbound LUAS tram glides across the Dargan Bridge at Dundrum. Exposed as a RAW file with my Lumix LX7, ISO 200, white balance set to ‘daylight’, contrast adjusted in post processing.
Outbound LUAS tram glides across the Dargan Bridge at Dundrum. Exposed as a RAW file with my Lumix LX7, ISO 80, white balance set to 'daylight', contrast adjusted in post processing.
Outbound LUAS tram glides across the Dargan Bridge at Dundrum. Exposed as a RAW file with my Lumix LX7, ISO 80, white balance set to ‘daylight’, contrast adjusted in post processing.
End of the line: Brides Glen at dusk. Exposed with a Lumix LX7 as a RAW file. No modification (except for scaling).
End of the line: Brides Glen at dusk. Exposed with a Lumix LX7 as a RAW file. No modification (except for scaling).
End of the line: Brides Glen at dusk. Exposed with a Lumix LX7 as a RAW file. Slight contrast adjustment in post processing.
End of the line: Brides Glen at dusk. Exposed with a Lumix LX7 as a RAW file. Slight contrast adjustment in post processing.
End of the line: Brides Glen at dusk. Exposed with a Lumix LX7 as a RAW file. No modification (except for scaling).
End of the line: Brides Glen at dusk. Exposed with a Lumix LX7 as a RAW file. No modification (except for scaling).
Interior of a LUAS tram at Brides Glen.
Interior of a LUAS tram at Brides Glen.

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TRACKING THE LIGHT EXTRA: LUAS Red Line Ad Tram-17 September 2015.

Yesterday, Dublin’s LUAS Red Line made news when a horse went for a spin. Sorry, I don’t have a photo of that escapade.

I did make a few photos of tram 3001 that was traversing Dublin streets in the latest advertising livery.

The evening started off bright, but gradually clouds rolled in from the west and rain followed.

LUAS 3001 approaches Sean Heuston Bridge. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS 3001 approaches Sean Heuston Bridge. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS 3001 crosses Queen Street, Dublin. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS 3001 crosses Queen Street, Dublin. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS 3001 crosses Queen Street, Dublin. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
LUAS 3001 crosses Queen Street, Dublin. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.

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LUAS 3001 on Benburb Street, Dublin. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
In the rain: LUAS 3001 on Benburb Street, Dublin. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
In the rain: LUAS 3001 on Benburb Street, Dublin. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
In the rain: LUAS 3001 on Benburb Street, Dublin. 17 September 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.

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Tram with a Rainbow—August 27, 2015.

Yesterday afternoon some unsettled weather blew through Dublin. In the course of less than an hour the sky went from blue to cloudy with rain showers and then back to blue.

Walking along the LUAS Red Line, I spotted an iridescent glow in the sky. It didn’t last long, but I thought I’d try to work with it.

 

As always, I had my LX7 handy.

Colour in the sky over Dublin.
Colour in the sky over Dublin.

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Trams run about every five minutes this time of day, so I made the most of my window.

To make the most of these photos I had to adjust contrast and saturation in Lightroom. I avoided the temptation to over do it. After all the rainbow should appear as I saw it. It didn’t need over-enhancement, just balance. I’ll write more about this subject later, but one of the great advancements of the digital age is the ability to control contrast in photos.

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Sky Tram at Dusk.

Here we have a variation on a theme. Previously I published photos on Tracking the Light of Dublin’s LUAS specially painted Sky tram, and on a different day a panned image of a LUAS tram crossing Kings Bridge (Sean Heuston Bridge) near Heuston Station.

The other night on my way over to the Irish Railway Record Society premises (where I’m doing a bit of research in the library), I noted the one-of-a-kind Sky painted tram working outbound.

I dug my Fujifilm X-T1 out of my back pack and made a series of panned images in ‘flutter mode’ of the tram crossing the bridge at dusk.

Exposed digitally using a Fujifilm X-T1 at ISO 6400 at 1/8 of a second at f7.1, 32.5mm focal length with a 18-135mm lens.
Exposed digitally using a Fujifilm X-T1 at ISO 6400 at 1/8 of a second at f7.1, 32.5mm focal length with a 18-135mm lens.
The Sky tram paused at Heuston Station. In just a few more minutes the last of the blue would fade from the evening sky.
The Sky tram paused at Heuston Station. In just a few more minutes the last of the blue would fade from the evening sky.

Often, I build on past efforts, and this a good example of putting the pieces together. Visually, of course.

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Dusk in Dublin—Fuji X-T1 Exercise

Sunday, February 22, 2015 had been a wet windy day, but as evening approached, I saw the clouds clearing in the west. I made an opportunity to experiment with my X-T1.

The dramatic lighting effects of a winter evening in Dublin are as good a time as any to make photographs, and I’ve found that among the strengths of my new camera is working in low light.

Harcourt Street, Dublin. ISO 1600
Harcourt Street, Dublin. ISO 1600

To retain the hues of dusk, I switched the white balance setting from ‘auto’ to ‘daylight,’ while I upped the ISO dial to its higher ranges, and selected the ‘Velvia’ color profile.

My 18-135 lens is a remarkably sharp piece of glass and its built-in image stabilization allowed me to work hand-held in lighting situations that would have been all but impossible with my film cameras.

 

In bound LUAS Green Line tram glides down Harcourt Street at dusk. ISO 1600; 1/30th of a second.
In bound LUAS Green Line tram glides down Harcourt Street at dusk. ISO 1600; 1/30th of a second.
Pan of LUAS tram on Harcourt Street. ISO 3200 f4.0 1/30th of a second.
Pan of LUAS tram on Harcourt Street. ISO 3200 f4.0 1/30th of a second.
Pan of LUAS tram on Harcourt Street. ISO 3200 f4.0 1/30th of a second.
Pan of LUAS tram on Harcourt Street. ISO 3200 f4.0 1/30th of a second.

I exposed about 140 images over the course of an hour and one half. That’s equivalent to just less than 4 rolls of slide film. I admit that sounds like a lot, however when I found an interesting scene, I’d bracket my exposure, while experimenting with various metering and focusing modes while pushing the limits of image stabilization.

This was an opportunity to test the camera’s capabilities, while working in a visually familiar environment. So, I revisited streets where I’ve photographed frequently over the years.

 

Montague Street looking west.
Montague Street looking west.
Whelans of Wexford Street. 135mm setting, ISO 1600.
Whelans of Wexford Street. 135mm setting, ISO 1600.
Wexford Street looking south.
Wexford Street looking south.
Chinese New Year lamps on Castle Market.
Chinese New Year lamps on Castle Market.
Crecent moon. ISO 3200; 135mm.
Crecent moon. ISO 3200; 135mm.
Dublin Bus takes the corner at Dame Street and South Great Georges Street.
Dublin Bus takes the corner at Dame Street and South Great Georges Street.
Zoom-pan of a traffic on Dame Street.
Zoom-pan of a traffic on Dame Street.
The evening glow looking west on Dame Street. Hundreds of years ago there was a gate to the old city down there.
The evening glow looking west on Dame Street. Hundreds of years ago there was a gate to the old city down there.

This is a sampling of Sunday’s efforts. I exposed RAW and Jpgs of each photo; presented here are scaled versions of the Jpgs. Other than the necessary size reduction for internet presentation, I’ve not manipulated, adjusted or otherwise enhanced these photos in post-processing.

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Dublin Panorama and the World’s Longest Tram

Among the features of the Fuji X-T1 is a setting to make broad panoramic images. This is done by sweeping the camera across a scene as it exposes a burst of images in rapid succession. The camera’s internal software then assembles the images as a horizontal image.

Dusk at Sean Heuston Bridge looking toward Heuston Station. I've made a broad sweep using the panorama feature. This sews together a bunch of images exposed in rapid order.
Dusk at Sean Heuston Bridge looking toward Heuston Station. I’ve made a broad sweep using the panorama feature. This sews together a bunch of images exposed in rapid order.

Using this feature as intended will produce a convincing panoramic photograph. However if subjects move they may appear more than once or become altered beyond recognition.

I experimented by panning a LUAS tram in panoramic mode. The result looks like the world’s longest tram.

I set the panoramic mode as I panned a LUAS tram arriving at Heuston Station. The effect was this image that appears to be 'the world's longest tram.'
I set the panoramic mode as I panned a LUAS tram arriving at Heuston Station. The effect was this image that appears to be ‘the world’s longest tram.’

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Sky Tram Roams Dublin’s LUAS Red Line.

I like catchy titles, although I’ve recognized that today you get better response by advertising content as clearly and succinctly as possible.

Allusive titles no longer grab audiences as they did in earlier times. If Joyce wrote his famed novel Ulysses today, his publishers might changed the title to A Day’s Walk Around Dublin.

Speaking of walking around Dublin. Monday February 16, 2015 was a bright sunny day—really the first properly sunny day since I arrived back. Although more writing obligations landed in my ‘in-box’ that morning, I decided to take the time for a walk up through Kilmainham to the LUAS Red Line at Suir Road.

The specially painted 'Sky' tram crosses the LUAS bridge over the Grand Canal at Suir Road. Exposed with a Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
The specially painted ‘Sky’ tram crosses the LUAS bridge over the Grand Canal at Suir Road. Exposed with a Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.

Here the tracks climb out of the old canal-bed that extends from the old Harbour near the Guinness Brewery and cross the surviving leg of the Grand Canal on a modern bridge and then run along its south bank for a mile or so on the way towards Tallagh.

Approaching the platforms at Suir Road. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Approaching the platforms at Suir Road. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.

I’d been wanting to make a bright sunlit photo of the specially adorned ‘Sky’ tram that has been roaming the Red Line since before I got back. Advertising liveries rarely last more than a couple of months on the LUAS system and this was as good as an excuse as any to play with my Fuji X-T1.

I didn’t have to wait long before the tram in question came gliding along the canal

What cryptic allusion might Bloom have uttered upon seeing a Sky tram crossing the canal?

In this photo, I like the visual play on 'Sky'. Really now would this have worked on a dull day? Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
In this photo, I like the visual play on ‘Sky’. Really now would this have worked on a dull day? Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Telephoto close up at Suir Road. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Telephoto close up at Suir Road. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Trams in Dublin don't dally long; motors humming, this one accelerates away towards its next station stop. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Trams in Dublin don’t dally long; motors humming, this one accelerates away towards its next station stop. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.

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Golden LUAS on Abbey Street, Dublin

October Glint Light

Dublin’s LUAS Red Line tram route follows an east-west alignment on Abbey Street.

This one of the older streets on Dublin’s North Side. Technically the thoroughfare is comprised of St. Mary’s Abbey Street, Abbey Street Upper, Abbey Street Middle, and Abbey Street Lower.

I’ve often walked this route, which has given me a good idea where the light falls during different times of day and over the course of the year.

On the evening of October 4, 2014, I aimed to make a few glint photos of the trams gliding through the city center.

The silver-sided LUAS Citadis trams reflect the setting sun nicely.

On October 4, 2014, an inbound LUAS tram approaches the intersection with Capel Street. I like the sunset  reflections on the tram and the sides of the buildings. By staying in the shadows, I minimize the effect of flare caused by bright light hitting the front lens element. Lumix LX7.
On October 4, 2014, an inbound LUAS tram approaches the intersection with Capel Street. I like the sunset reflections on the tram and the sides of the buildings. By staying in the shadows, I minimize the effect of flare caused by bright light hitting the front lens element. Lumix LX7.

Using my Lumix LX7, I exposed a series of photos with the sun near the horizon. I used the same exposure technique that I wrote about in my post Sunset Under the Shed at Heuston Station, Dublin [http://wp.me/p2BVuC-2by].

To make a dramatic glint light image, it’s important to retain highlight detail, even if this results in opaque shadows. With the Lumix, I use the ‘A’ mode (aperture priority) and then manually stop down ‘underexpose’ the image in order to keep the highlight density where I want it.

If I didn’t override the camera meter, the Lumix would attempt to balance the lighting by brightening the shadow areas and the result would cause the glinting tram to be overexposed (too bright).

Alternatively, I could set the camera manually, but I find in a rapidly changing setting of a city street, I can get a more effective exposure by letting the camera do some of the work.

An outbound tram catches the sun on St. Mary's Abbey Street. I've used the same exposure technique described above to hold highlight detail on the front of the tram. Lumix LX7 photo.
An outbound tram catches the sun on St. Mary’s Abbey Street. I’ve used the same exposure technique described above to hold highlight detail on the front of the tram. Lumix LX7 photo.
I've chosen a low angle to add a bit of drama. Also, I've allowed the sun in the image which has caused a little bit of flare. In this situation, I feel that the flare works well, and makes for a distinctive image. Lumix LX7 photo.
I’ve chosen a low angle to add a bit of drama. Also, I’ve allowed the sun in the image which has caused a little bit of flare. In this situation, I feel that the flare works well, and makes for a distinctive image. Lumix LX7 photo.

Back in the old days, I’d have used Kodachrome 25 slide film, which had an excellent ability to retain highlight and shadow detail. To calculate my exposure I use my hand held light meter.

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LUAS Opportunity.

Vexing Tram Pauses at Crossing.

Since arriving back in Dublin, I’ve had good luck catching one of the two advertsting trams wandering the Red Line. Without much effort on my part, the ‘Join Me’ painted tram, has appeared at all the right moments, and I’d made several representative views of it—as featured in earlier Tracking the Light posts.

By contrast, I’ve found more colourful ‘HB ice cream’ tram, has been elusive and difficult to photograph. This seems to zip by whenever my back is turned, or when I’m walking with a mission in the opposite direction.

My fortunes changed on July 31, 2014, when the HB tram glided down Benburb Street and stopped in front of me for about four minutes while waiting to reach its Heuston stop (which, lucky for me, was occupied by the car in front of it).

Paused on Benburb Street in Dublin.
LUAS 3014 has paused on Benburb Street in Dublin.

This was just enough time to make a variety of images from different angles. Which is exactly what I’d been hoping to do, since every section of the tram is painted differently. It’s arguably the most colorful LUAS vehicle to prowl the system to date.

Each of the sections of this Alstom Citadis tram have been colored differently with LUAS themed advertising relating to HB Ice Cream. Thus simply making a head on view cannot capture the whole effect.
Each of the sections of this Alstom Citadis tram have been colored differently with LUAS themed advertising relating to HB Ice Cream. Thus simply making a head on view cannot capture the whole effect.
Lucky of me to have a moment to wander along the side of the tram and make detailed views of each of the sections.
Lucky of me to have a moment to wander along the side of the tram and make detailed views of each of the sections.
This end features a refreshing shade of blue that reminds me of another colourful tram that wandered the Red Line about two years ago.
This end features a refreshing shade of blue that reminds me of another colourful tram that wandered the Red Line about two years ago.
This trailing view made from a low angle is my favorite of the group of images because it best shows the various colour sections with minimal distractions. About this time my phone rang while the tram got the light to proceeed.
This trailing view made from a low angle is my favorite of the group of images because it best shows the various colour sections with minimal distractions. About this time my phone rang while the tram got the light to proceeed.

All these views were made with my Lumix LX7, a camera I tend to carry with me everywhere I go.

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Searching Dublin Streets For Colourful Trams—Part 2

Unusual Weather for Photography.

For several days in a row it was clear, warm, sunny and bright in Dublin. In summer? Who would have thought? Walking around the city center one Friday afternoon, I made a point of trying to make some more photos of the pair of advertising trams prowling the LUAS Red Line.

After following the line on foot from Heuston Station, I slipped into a trackside café on Abbey Street for a late lunch. Here I sat by the window to keep an eye on things while I ate. The first of two trams glided westward shortly after my arrival, so I exposed some interpretive photos from inside the café.

A LUAS Citadis tram colourfully decorated to advertise icecream glides down Abbey Street in Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
A LUAS Citadis tram colourfully decorated to advertise icecream glides down Abbey Street near Liffey Street in Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
Second of two images I made while having lunch. For me the 'HB' ice cream tram has been the more difficult of the two advertising trams on the Red Line.
Second of two images I made while having lunch. For me the ‘HB’ ice cream tram has been the more difficult of the two advertising trams on the Red Line.

As I was paying my bill, the second one passed in the opposite direction. This was easy enough to catch on foot, because it has to stop at the traffic lights before crossing O’Connell Street. The tram was destined for ‘The Point’ in Dublin’s docklands, and I estimated it would be about 20-25 minutes before it returned on its outward (westbound) trip.

On Abbey Street near the intersection with O'Connell Street in Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
On Abbey Street near the intersection with O’Connell Street in Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.

I walked further, looking for an ideal place to catch it, finally deciding on the reverse curves near Busáras (Dublin’s central bus station) that I felt would best show the tram’s colors in a distinctive location.

This outbound tram takes the corner near Busáras (Central Bus Station) in Dublin. Clear blue skies and rich afternoon sun isn't what I'd expect for Irish weather in July! Lumix LX7 photo
This outbound tram takes the corner near Busáras (Central Bus Station) in Dublin. Clear blue skies and rich afternoon sun isn’t what I’d expect for Irish weather in July! Lumix LX7 photo
A brief pause at traffic lights at Gardner Street allow opportunity for another photo. Lumix LX7 image.
A brief pause at traffic lights at Gardner Street allow opportunity for another photo. Lumix LX7 image.

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LUAS Ad Tram At Heuston Station

A Bit of Colour for the Summer.

I arrived back in Dublin aware that LUAS had a couple of trams working the Red Line in colourful advertising liveries. As I was on the 747 bus passing the city centre from the airport, I noted one of these working its way toward the Docklands.

Although I’ve been gone a few months, my memory of LUAS timings had the wheels turning in my head as the bus wandered its circuitous path through Dublin’s inner city.

By the time the bus arrived a Heuston Station, where it terminates its airport run, I calculated that the brightly coloured Citadis couldn’t be more than a few minutes away. So, with my luggage in tow, I marched toward my preferred morning location.

Just then it came into view.

The shade of yellow on the front of the 'Join Me' LUAS tram reminded me of the Portugese multiple units I photographed in April. Lumix LX7 photo.
The shade of yellow on the front of the ‘Join Me’ LUAS tram reminded me of the Portugese multiple units I photographed in April. Lumix LX7 photo.

Thankfully, it made a prolonged stop at Heuston, giving me time to dig out my LX-7 from the camera bag and reset it. I’d last been making multiple exposure HDR images of real 747s at Logan!

Air France 747 at Boston's Logan Airport on the previous evening.
Air France 747 at Boston’s Logan Airport on the previous evening.

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Blue LUAS—Connolly Station.

Window in Time, 2012.

LUAS advertising tram at Connolly Station, Dublin on September 7, 2012. Exposed with a Lumix LX3.
LUAS advertising tram at Connolly Station, Dublin on September 7, 2012. Exposed with a Lumix LX3. I like the way the tram echoes the color of the sky.

Here was an opportunity. Back in autumn 2012, a single LUAS Citadis tram on the Red Line was dressed in this attractive blue advertising livery.

It was the sort of item you see in the corner of your eye when crossing O’Connell Street, or when boarding a bus heading in the opposite direction, or when gliding by on the DART.

After a while, I had a few lucky moments, where was able to make photographs of this elusive tram.

On September 7, 2012, I saw it heading to the stub-end turn-back terminal at Connolly Station. This was my chance to make a few images.

In addition to this digital photo, I exposed a few Fujichrome color slides for posterity.

Why slides? In my mind, digital photograph remains an ephemeral format; nice to have, nice to work with, but one good zap to the old hard drive and. . . .

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Dublin in May 2014

Views from Ireland’s Capital City.

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Wexford Street, May 7, 2014.
Wexford Street, May 7, 2014.

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