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Kinsale Shop #1

Stone Mad Gallery shop, Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

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A pre-Christmas visit to see our son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in Limerick, Ireland, ended with a few hours to spare before our flight home from Cork airport.

So my wife Liz and I decided to use the time to re-visit the seaside town of Kinsale, having spent a holiday here a couple of years ago.

The weather on the day of our visit was just stunning, with crisp December sunshine, not a cloud in the sky and flat calm conditions.

The enclosed harbour was just lovely, and I shot dozens of photos of the buildings and boats reflecting in the mirror-like water.

But we also spent some time exploring the town itself, coming across some really nice visual touches in the old shops and pubs hidden away down the backstreets.

This particular image features the hard to ignore Stone Mad Gallery shopfront, with its vibrant colours drawing my eye from far away.

I had a problem capturing this image however, as the contrast between the sunlit and shadowed areas of the scene was way too much for my camera's sensor to cover in a single exposure setting.

So I braced myself firmly against the opposite wall and took four separate images, each one exposure stop apart and as closely aligned as I could manage handheld, for a subsequent HDR blend and alignment in Adobe Lightroom.

Which, I'm glad to say, worked just fine!

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Filename - kinsale shop 01

Lens - 50mm prime

Exposure - Various @ f8, ISO400

Filters - None.

Location - Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - This image is an HDR blend of four separate exposures, each one stop apart.