Greig Houghton Photography
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Reflections: The Grand Canal, Digby's Bridge, Co Kildare.

"One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others." Lao Tzu

I was on my way back from the gym when I realised the atmospheric conditions were suitable for a decent sunset.  It times like these I helps to to have range of "go-to" places in your locality.  A range of locations where at a minutes notice, you can drop what you are doing grab the camera bag and head out the door.  These places are generally on your doorstep or within a short drive where you can pitch up, set up your tripod and know if the conditions are good you are going to come away with a shot.

Digby's Bridge located just outside Sallins in County Kildare is one such place for me.  The sun was nearly down by the time I left the house, but arrived in time to grab a few frames.  Digby's bridge is sensitive to the location of the setting sun and is better when the sun sets towards the north west .  On this day, the sun was setting slightly to far south to get the best of the light, but a cloud had positioned itself nicely above the canal to capture some colour.  10 minutes later I was back home.

The post processing was fairly simple on this one.  The only real job was to clone out a set of overhead wires that cross the canal at this location and clean up a little bit of debris in the canal.  I initially preferred a portrait version of this photograph, but after posting the image on the forum of the South Kildare Photo Club website, a friend asked if I had a landscape version. I ended up posting the landscape version onto the forum but it was only after seeing both the versions on the same post I realised that the landscape shot was the stronger image.