Cobh Train Station

Cobh Train Station, taken just before closing many months ago. It’s a long exposure shot of the interior of a fine building on the quay-side.

“The Queenstown Story”, a museum in the background of this shot is worth a visit and tells the story of the port of Cobh as the last place 3 million Irish people saw before they sailed for the United States. Some of those sailed on the ill-fated Titanic.

The Queenstown Story on has more reviews, and pictures of the museum if you’re interested.

Techincal details:

  1. Duplicate Layer
  2. Brighten new layer with Curves tool.
  3. Blur with Gaussian Blur and a radius of 15 pixels.
  4. Black/White conversion with channel mixer.
  5. Change layer mode to Grain merge, 82.5% opacity.
  6. Resize and unsharp mask the lower layer.

I like this: Shandon Tower.




  1. Reply
    Treasa August 22, 2006

    Did you process that using the GIMP? Just out of interest…

    There’s something very otherworldly about it.

  2. Reply
    micki August 22, 2006

    it is very pretty inside there, a lovely interior image!

  3. Reply
    Donncha August 22, 2006

    Thanks for commenting! Yes, all done in the GIMP, although I could probably have got away with just desaturating it a little instead of the long procedure I carried out. Sometimes I don’t know what effect I’m working towards so I’l always happy when it comes out nicely!

  4. Reply
    diffuse March 15, 2008

    Golly, you went to a lot more trouble than I did. I just clicked the shutter. It was closing time when I was there too.

  5. Reply
    Flickr: comicbase May 25, 2008

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Station To Station,
    and we’d love to have this added to the group!

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