Kinsale at Night

The quiet, residential part of Kinsale as photographed from the busy touristy part across the harbour! This was a long exposure shot that came out quite nicely but it did show up the dead pixels on my sensor again. Good thing I don’t have time to shoot many of these types of photos nowadays.

The fight against comment spammers never ends. This blog is listed on a few “do follow” listings and I caught someone this morning leaving a comment after they came here from a “site:inphotos.org” Google search. The comment is delinked but even if I hadn’t, his url still wouldn’t have shown because I only show it after a certain number of comments have been made. It’s my thank you to the regular commenters here. The pagerank you get from that link isn’t diluted by the spammers.

PS. Phil O’Kane will be in Cork next weekend from Friday to Sunday. I’ll be meeting him at Robodock at 3pm and hopefully before but maybe we can get a small photomeet together at some stage on Saturday or Sunday?

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 15s

Relaxing by the pond

Relaxing by the pond

Lots of people relaxing by the pond in Fitzgerald’s Park during the Lord Mayor’s Picnic a few weeks back. We were busily walking past with a slightly tired baby. Don’t do much relaxing these days..

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 88mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/200s

zero zero zero four

zero zero zero four

Disused and ancient petrol pump in McCarthy’s Garage, Schull. This is the third, and final image from this particular garage. If I could have gotten inside I’d have a lot more to show.

There’s an old garage a few miles from here in the middle of nowhere. They used to handle Japanese imports and sell petrol but now the pumps are silent and a guard dog barks from what I remember as a yard filled with old cars. Must dig up the shots I took that day.

PS. Check out Today is my gift to you by fellow Cork man, Fr James McSweeney. He married us 2 years ago and I’ve tried a few times to get him to use WordPress since! Nice job with the site, pity there’s no rss feed. Is there any way he could bolt one on easily? Looks like a Windows server.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

The goold old days of cheap fuel

Fuel Price Countdown

The price of fuel keeps going up and up but the price increases arrived too late for McCarthy’s Garage in Schull where I made this photo of an ancient petrol pump. The detail on the full size image is wonderful, but I’m happy enough with this web version too.

Links: The Flickr Blog recently featured stories from Ireland with some nice 70’s shots.
Remember the Guinness Ad with the dominoes? It was filmed in a small town called Iruya in northwest Argentina. It’s so remote it’s barely accessible by road in the winter. Here’s some photos from Iruya. I didn’t think it was worth all the effort to make that advert but everyone else seems to like it! (via)
Here’s that advert to refresh your memory:

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

McCarthy’s Garage, Schull

McCarthy's Garage, Schull

An old abandoned garage in Schull, Co. Cork caught my eye a few months ago. It’s in stark contrast to the prosperity of the town. Plenty of opportunities for photos and I’ll be posting a few more shots in the coming days!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

The Gentleman Clown

The Gentleman Clown

Yes, yes, we’re clowning around! Here’s the tall gent from the Circo Copa demonstration in Fitzgerald’s Park a while back. I wonder if he’ll ever see this. The put on a great show that day!

Thanks for all the nice comments on yesterday’s post about Michelle. They’re very much appreciated.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/200s

Saying Goodbye to Michelle

Saying Goodbye to Michelle

Michelle was my wife Jacinta’s family cat for the last 14 years. When I say “family cat”, I of course mean, Gerry’s cat, because Gerry took special care of all the cats in the family until she got sick and the burden of care mostly fell on my father-in-law Frank’s shoulders. He will tell you himself that he was never a big fan of cats, but if you saw the care and attention he lavished on that cat it was obvious she was special to him.

Unfortunately, Michelle was almost 17 years old. Her mother Patches was a regular in the household. She had a litter of kittens and Michelle, the older sister, acted as baby sitter many a time while her mother roamed the neighbourhood searching for food. Gerry took Patches in, and Michelle wandered in crying within a week. She became a permanent fixture and never wandered away again! Of all the cats that came and went, Michelle had a special place in my wife’s heart.

We took Michelle to the vet this afternoon. This was our third visit in the last two months. She had a large tumour, her appetite had disappeared, and she was very weak. We couldn’t let her suffer any more. The vet, Stephanie, let us say our goodbyes and gently put Michelle to sleep. Michelle was very calm through out. She lay there, letting Jacinta stroke her and cup her head in her hands, as the enormity of what was about to happen sunk in. I was fine until the needle went in and then memories of my own pets came flooding back and I was as inconsolable as Jacinta. It never gets any easier.

Michelle will be missed by all who knew her.

Surprisingly I only ever posted one photo of Michelle, when she was snug in her own little home in the back garden. I really like that photo. It’s the first I posted with the Canon 50mm f1/8 lens.

Crimson Red Flowers

Crimson Red Flowers

Glowing red flowers captured my attention at Fitzgerald’s Park a year ago, but I was never happy with my work on this photo until recently. Now I love it. Hope you like it too!

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/100s