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Happy St. Patrick's Day

By John_Humphreys
These days in Limerick we are almost overwhelmed by the financial crisis. There are so many shops closing down that the main street looks like a mouth full of broken teeth. Economic recession and the planning mistakes of the past have put our city under enormous stress.

But next Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day - our national holiday - and the festivities started tonight with a massive fire works display which brought throngs of people into the city centre in search of some relief from all the doom and gloom. There was a wonderful atmosphere and sense of fun.

The photograph shows King John's Castle built circa 1200.

I took the photograph from the board walk outside the Curraghgower bar looking across the Shannon River at the castle which is built on an island in the river. Dianne brought me a pint from the bar as I was working.

Everything on manual. Aperture f/11. Exposure was 10 seconds (I'm amazed at how steady my hand was!!).

Tags: Ireland St patricks day Limerick Landscape and travel

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colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
14 Mar 2010 12:43AM
A wonderful night low light shot captured so very well for hand held this is superb Colin

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John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
14 Mar 2010 12:47AM
I was only joking about hand holding the camera!!
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 1:03AM
some skill to get this display

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
14 Mar 2010 1:08AM
great shot well taken.
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
14 Mar 2010 1:22AM
got to be manual but hand held? never !

Canadiann 8 2 Canada
14 Mar 2010 2:08AM
What a great capture really lovely. Very well done indeed.
14 Mar 2010 4:16AM
Brillant capture. need a stady hand to hold your drink in this weather we are having. Thank god for tripods.
Regards Charles
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 8:09AM
Fantastic shot, full of energy and colour.
14 Mar 2010 8:39AM
Beautiful night shot - well taken

John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
14 Mar 2010 9:39AM
... the pint of Guinness was for real though!!
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 10:12AM
A fine composition and well-timed exposure.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 11:18AM
Quite a variety of textures in those fireworks, like feathers and flowers. Hope better times come along soon - it's the same story everywhere at present.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
14 Mar 2010 1:17PM
davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 8:32PM
Excellent night shot John (or should that be steady Eddie ?), big and colourful.

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