Potted Flowers

Flowers in a garden centre, probably the one out in Inniscarra.

In the new year I’m sorely tempted to change the posting frequency on this blog from daily to every third day. Blogging should bring pleasure and be a means of expressing oneself while stimulating your audience and improving oneself. I have so little time to post that I do a quick 5 minute job on most photos, write a one line post and hit “Publish”.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/50s

Happy on the Köln

Happy on the Köln

A very happy crew member of the Köln when she docked in Cork in 2005.

Now that I’ve archived my photo collection to DVD (only 41 DVDs for 2009 so far!) I’m converting RAW files to Jpeg to reduce the insane storage requirements of 179GB of data for 2009 alone. As an example, I squashed 2GB of RAW files to high quality Jpeg files that only took up 362MB. I’ve saved over 20GB so far and I’ve only started. :)

It is risky having only one copy of the RAW files on DVD but I haven’t yet deleted the files from my backup drives. The plan is to make duplicate DVD copies of each year, and then every year or more likely every 2 years make another 2 copies of each disc. Or use a Bluray burner if they’re available.
Or use a hard disk, I suspect that the disk capacity I need will probably come close to the cost of a spindle of high quality DVD discs.

Me paranoid? Not paranoid enough.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 160mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Priestman

Priestman

Priestman are, or at least were, a brand of crane and excavator manufactured up until possibly the late 1990s. They have a long history according to this page. I found the logo above on a crane on the docks in Cork Harbour back in 2005. It’s probably still there!

The Priestman story began when William Dent Priestman in 1876, who had founded an engineering firm in Hull six years earlier, was asked to build a winch and grab for work off the west coast of Spain, in an attempt to locate lost gold. Though nothing was ever found, the mechanism that William Dent created was found to be equally effective at dredging mud and silt in docks, rivers and harbours.
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Today, what is left of the firm trades in Bradford under new owner, Gardner Denver, the american based compresser and blower manufacturer. No longer are cranes or excavators manufactured. The replacment parts business became unsustainable after the last Priestman emplyee retired in 2007. All the drawings and specifications exist. These are all in storage slowley deteriating with age. The legacy lives on ?.

I gotta go back there and check if that crane is still there and get a decent photo of it. Here’s a very enthusiastic fan of Priestman vehicles. If that link doesn’t ping his post, I’ll leave a comment pointing him here!

PS. this is my first post from my newly installed Ubuntu 9.10 on a big 500GB internal drive. Previously I managed with about 40GB of space which wasn’t enough when shooting in RAW. Working off external USB drives was sort of painful but now I can store a few years worth of photos on my speedy internal drive!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 45mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s

County Hall Deconstructed

County Hall Deconstructed

County Hall in Cork, as it was in 2005. Not so long ago it was flooded but it looks vaguely impressive when seen from certain viewpoints since the facelift it received in this photo.

Shame it’s built on a flood plain.

Aperture ƒ/22
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/50s

Digging up Daunt Square

Digging up Daunt Square

Flash back to 2005 if you will. Ireland is in the grip of the Celtic Tiger boom. Cork is undergoing a transformation. The city’s streets were dug up and remolded with apparently improved drainage (didn’t help recently unfortunately) and the revamping of the city centre was in full swing.

Here’s the construction on Daunt Square, with behind it the long gone Virgin Megastore.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/2500s