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A classic view of Kilkenny Castle in the medieval town of Kilkenny. I previously posted a portrait shot of this same castle not realizing I had a serviceable landscape shot. Let me know which you prefer.

This castle is very accessible and very popular, so to get this view without any people around during the day, you have to be very, very patient. While I agree sometimes including people enhances the shot, I didn't feel that was the case this time. So I waited, and waited for all the people who were coming and going to appreciate the same view I show you here. I didn't mind waiting since I always need a fair amount of time to setup and meter the scene properly when I'm using my 2 stop graduated color filter and polarizer at the same time along with a manual focus point. I guess sometimes the extra time allows you to revisit all the little things you can do technique-wise to create a better shot in the field.

Once I was done with my shots, it was time to tour the castle. While all the castles I visited in Ireland were fabulous, some of the interior tours were clearly better than others. This is one I would definitely recommend touring. The interior has been meticulously restored with an amazing regard for craftsmanship and attention to detail. In fact once you see it, you'll find it hard to believe that the Butler family in 1967 sold the abandoned and deteriorating castle for 50 pounds to the Castle Restoration Committee.

Hope you like!

Doug

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Additional Photos by Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 717 W: 55 N: 835] (2860)
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