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St. Dympna’s Church

St. Dympna’s Church, also known as the Kildavnet Church, was one of my stops during my recent trip to Ireland. Although I was there to play golf, I took some time to sight see and do some photography.

The church was built in the 17th century on the south-east coast of Achill Island. The church’s name is derived from ‘Cill Damhnait’ meaning ‘ Church of Davnet (Dympna)’. St. Dympna is a Christian saint honored in Catholic and Orthodox traditions. According to tradition, she lived in the 7th century and was the daughter of a pagan Irish king and his Christian wife. They claim she was murdered by her father.

I chose a low-key, black and white processing technique for this photo. I went back and forth between this and the color version. I created a slider so you can see both versions. Let me know which one you think is best. You can access the slider by clicking here.

St. Dympna's Church
St. Dympna’s Church

This image was taken with my Sony A7R II using my Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 Lens set on 24 mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/500th of a second and the ISO set at 100. I hand held the camera for this image. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and completed in Photoshop using Nik Silver Efex Pro.

You can see other images from my past Ireland trips by clicking here. Please use the section below to post your comments, questions or suggestions.

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2 thoughts on “St. Dympna’s Church”

  1. Nice composition, Terry, and the alignment of the cross is perfect. I like both versions but I lean towards the black and white. There isn’t a lot of color in the image and, for me at least, black and white often has an extra element of emotion or impact. I think it works well with this image.

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