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Saint Patrick on the Hill of Tara

Posted by
Jason Kravitz (Brussels, Belgium) on 9 November 2006 in Lifestyle & Culture.

** description from mythicalireland.com **
The Hill or Tara, known as Temair in gaeilge, was once the ancient seat of power in Ireland. 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. In ancient Irish religion and mythology Temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. Saint Patrick is said to have come to Tara to confront the ancient religion of the pagans at its most powerful site.

Canon EOS 20D 1/1600 second F/4.0 ISO 200 58 mm

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objectif-plume from Belgium

un seul mot convient: superbe

9 Nov 2006 5:41am

Rodion Kovenkin from Mogilev, Belarus

Is it HDR? Well done.

9 Nov 2006 8:04am

@Rodion Kovenkin: Thanks Rodion
It's not an HDR. I used two layers in PS, one is the original jpg and one much more saturated with higher contrast (processed RAW from Lightroom) and blended them using masks.

Claireg from Dendermonde, Belgium


9 Nov 2006 8:21am

Cyrille from PARIS, France

Nice! I love it when the sun comes out of the clouds, it shows some really nice colors. Nice tip too for the use of layers, thanks

9 Nov 2006 11:01am

Duncan Galbraith from kyoto, Japan

Lovely. And I'll experiment with the layers idea asap. Thank you.

9 Nov 2006 11:12am

Suby from Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

He looks rather lonely, nice sky.


9 Nov 2006 11:13am

Craig Persel from Montreal, Canada

Outstanding! Fantastic composition, content and light. Love the dark sky and the statue straddling the two distant bushes.

9 Nov 2006 12:19pm

Joe Thorn from United States

Something magical here.

9 Nov 2006 1:02pm

seventhray from United States

This is a really great shot! The dark clouds give it a ominous look!

9 Nov 2006 1:47pm

Ryan Yam from Quezon City, Philippines

The subject looks really isolated in that place. I love the colors.

9 Nov 2006 3:36pm

Martine Lapointe from Québec, Canada

Saint-Pats, priez pour nous... L'accentuation des couleurs par la saturation est un bon truc. Vraiment belle photo.

9 Nov 2006 5:35pm

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

It is a magical shot.
I feel uncomfortable that the focal point is lilting a little to the left. A little rotate to the right? ... or do you think that would make St Pat look like he was teetering?

9 Nov 2006 6:44pm

@Helen: ha thanks Helen
It is a bit off kilter - maybe it's the fairies playing with our minds (or my camera)

lostplaces from Hannut, Belgium

Another magic shot

9 Nov 2006 8:23pm

Chris Sullivan from Melbourne, Australia

Nice shot, I like the look of St Patrick standing alone with a dark Irish sky in the background. Well composed.

9 Nov 2006 8:37pm

UraLakS from Belarus


10 Nov 2006 3:13pm

Sheldon Hull from Houston, United States

Wow! I love the rich sky!

11 Nov 2006 7:56am

Andrea Taylor from Atlanta GA, United States

Fabulous! So many tricks to learn from you, so little time!

18 Nov 2006 5:14am