Canal Boat – Grand Canal Dublin

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Canal Boat, Grand Canal Dubling city, Watercolour, 12 x 16 inches

I finished this picture over the weekend, this is one of the boats you can get on and cruise along the canal while you’re enjoying some dinner and beautiful views of Dublin city. The ports are manually opened by the personel.

If you want to read more please visit their website: http://www.canalboatrestaurant.ie/

~ Eva Ason ~

 

WIP – Canal boat of Dublin

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I am presently working on a new picture with a boat, but a different type of boat than usual. This is one of the canal boats that are located in Dublin city. On these you can book parties etc, they have a pub on board. I often walk by this boat in the morning on my way in to the office. And have often been thinking I would like to paint it. So, finally I have started to work on it. It is far from finished, but this is how far I have come so far. There are some buildings beside it, and the building I have painted so far is Hilton Hotel at Charlemont Str.

I am thinking about starting to work in larger format than A3, it feels like I have grown out that size in a way. I just want to try it to see how it goes. The boats in particular will be great to make in larger formats. I still have the classic cars in my thoughts, and have new ideas I want to put down on paper. But that will come later this summer perhaps this fall rather.

I am trying to combine my ‘normal’ day job with my art work, and so far it seems to work out well. Mainly it is the weekends I can concentrate on my art. And depending on the inspiration of course, but so far so good.

I will post updates as I go along on this picture so stay tuned. In the mean time please have a look at my other artwork at: https://www.facebook.com/EvaAsonArts

 

Have a fantastic weekend and hope the sun is shining at your end of the World.

~Eva Ason ~

Reflections

When I am out taking photographs I love working with reflections. And it doesn’t really matter what the subject might be. Whether it is reflections in the water or in a window, I always try to look for composition in my pictures. For me, and I think many of my fellow photograph friends would agree with me, that to do photography is a type of art. It has taken me some years to reach this far, to use a camera properly. Well, I am still learning as I go.

Today I am going to show some of my photographs where I have been working with reflections. Many of them are taken in various places around Dublin. 

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This is one that I took in January along the quays in Dublin city.  The bridge on the picture is called Ha’Penny (Half penny) Bridge. There was a full moon and it was reflecting beautifully in the river. So I thought I should make a nice picture out of this. It was a little tricky to get the moon inside the picture frame, to have it shown both at the sky and in the water. I wanted to have the mirroring effect. I had to take many shots though, but that’s the charm about photography, you just simply snap away.

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Here’s another one shot at the same bridge but on the other side. It is slowly starting to get darker, but you can still see the blueish sky reflecting in the river.

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Something I really love experimenting with is to catch a glimpse of a building or something else in a window. As a window reflection. I have taken many of those types of pictures. As you go along you train your eyes to see the angles and such.

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Here is a typical one where I have taken a picture of the opera house in Gothenburg, and you see another building mirrored in the windows. The opera house is sitting beside the guest harbour in the city. The building you see in the reflections is what we call the ‘lipstick’ mainly because of it’s shape and colour.

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This is a night shot of Samuel Beckett bridge in Dublin city. The white arm that reach up in the air is resembling a harp, and in the day light you’ll also see the wires that is it’s strings. In the picture below you see how it looks like in daylight.

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This picture was taken on a beautiful day in November 2013, and note that it is very rare that the river is this still as on this picture. But on this particular day it was gorgeous. No strong winds, clear blue sky – it was simply beautiful.

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Here is a tall ship that is sitting at the harbour along the docks of Dublin city. There are some ripples in the water, but the ship is reflecting nicely in it. 

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Here is the same tall ship taken from the other side of the river.

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This is the custom house in Dublin city, taken on that same sunny day in November.

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Here is another one where I have caught the clock tower of Dublin Castle inside another window.

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This is a picture I’ve taken back in Sweden, I just love when the clouds are mirrored in the lake like this.

Well, this was just a little collection of my photos over the past few years where I have been working with reflections. This year we have a few trips planned so I will come back with some new pictures soon. In April we are taking a trip to Gothenburg to visit family and of course my cameras are going with me. Gothenburg is an old Harbour city on the West coast of Sweden. 

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An enthusiast caught in action, a friend of mine took this snap of me while I was focusing on shooting the Ha’Penny Bridge. You’re standing in the most peculiar positions at times while trying to take the best photo of the subject. I just thought this would be a funny one to share.

Well, that’s it for today I think. I will be back again with some more pictures & artwork.

 

 

 

Photography made simple

 

 

 

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I have always liked doing photography, and am self taught. I love catching THE moment of places I visit. These two pictures are of Temple Bar in Dublin which I took earlier in January this year.  I love shooting reflections. The below picture is of Ha’Penny Bridge in Dublin. And this particular evening the river was like a mirror and it’s not so often you see the river being so calm and quiet. We often or most of the time have some breeze blowing and some days it can be really windy. So on a day like this particular day you really want to take advantage of the weather. And being a photographer, I love bringing my cameras out and do some simple shooting. 

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It takes a lot of practice to take great photographs like these. Usually I am simply snapping away while I am out and take around 200-300 pictures. Many of them goes directly in the ‘bin’ due to various reasons. I have become more critical and find it easier to delete a picture if it does not turn out good, if it’s a little bit blurry or if there has been a movement while shooting. 

But my art and photography goes hand in hand, with the camera I am using the view finder while with the art I am using my pen and brushes. I am kind of implementing my photographic skills/eye while I am drawing. To create the depth in my drawings/paintings. 

I have always loved travelling and being out in the countryside. I have always had a passion for the wild nature, and the amazing views. Here below are some pictures I’ve taken up in the Wicklow mountains. This particular day it was extremely windy, stormy rather, but the views were breathtaking. No matter when I go there, I am always in awe of the beauty of it whether it is sunny or cloudy. The wild and harsh nature makes it simply gorgeous in my opinion. Judge for yourself and hope you enjoy these views.

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Now when the spring is approaching, there will be a lot of days and evenings where we will be out and about. And the camera is usually with me at all times. You never know when a great picture present itself. I always like being prepared for that shot. Another trip to the Wicklow mountains and Glendalough is scheduled at some stage, so stay tuned for more beautiful views. Wicklow is one of the most beautiful places I have encountered during my 7+ years living in Ireland. Reminds me pretty much of the northern parts of Sweden, where we have the mountains and wild nature. 

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” 
― Ansel Adams