‘You haven’t experienced Dublin unless you see it at Night’
David, the tour guide of Dawn 2 Dusk Tours bluntly said enthusiastically as he led us up the bank of the River Liffey as it twinkled and reflected the many shining lights in this dark and blustery night. It was 9pm and already I agreed with him.
I had already undertaken a walking tour of Dublin in the day time and now on this mysterious Dublin Night Tour, I was truly immersing myself in the glow from the sights of the capital of the Republic of Ireland before #TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) Dublin started later on that week.
Hitching up my bridge camera to wipe the lens from splatter marks in the taunting rain, I asked David about Dawn 2 Dusk Tours.
Explaining in detail, he explains his tour is a sightseeing trip with a difference! Bringing you the most panoramic views of Dublin’s coastline with advice from guided tour guides on your photography skills, he wants people to go home and proudly show off their results to their friends and family. As native Irish tour guides, they will take you to the places you wouldn’t find yourself (especially at night) to take that elusive snap. You don’t even need to have experience in photography, just bring whatever camera you have whether it is an iPhone or a DLSR and the guides will recommend and show you the best Dublin has to offer. He stresses that it’s not a photography course but a sightseeing trip with a twist you can enjoy.
I personally think it’s a shame that they didn’t offer some courses on night-time photography because photography lovers often complain about not getting decent shots at night that doesn’t have the flash on. It’s a trick that they need to do and take advantage of. However, as the tour progressed, I was pleased to discover great views along the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey and take in the perspectives of many notable buildings and bridges, both new and old, and to parts of Dublin that’s off the beaten track that I could be advised on with my camera.
Photography at night is something I particularly wanted to do for a long time and I often bemoan at my portfolio for not having night-time epic shots of destinations that I have travelled to in the last two years. However, now I can stop moaning. This was truly a delightful experience and I really got an appreciation of the light that I could manipulate and influence to gain beautiful shots of Dublin at night. Using illuminations and reflections, it is possible to get the best shot needed at night without relying on the flash.
The walking tour aspect was absolutely brilliant. I knew David was the perfect tour guide as he was the only Irish person I met who could explain what the Spire of Dublin stands for and why it was built. (See a further post on that). Safe and enlightening, David really showed us, the group (that are purposely kept small for a more intimate and persona coaching feel), an experience of Dublin that we would never forget. He was right, you have to see Dublin at Night.
Despite taking at least 200 pictures, here below are the best 25 pictures that I feel truly signify the hazy city of Dublin at night.
Dawn 2 Dusk Tours not only offers a Night Photography Tour of Dublin. Sunrise Tours of Dublin Bay, North Dublin and the South Dublin Coast are there to be taken advantage of. With such a personal touch on them, David will definitely bring you the best photography experiences you’ll ever have. And you know what, next time in Dublin, I’m going to go on them.
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