Canon 20D

Oh those lines!

Oh those lines! Pedestrians gather at the traffic lights on Grand Parade and wait to cross a busy city-center street. Yes I got a few funny looks as I crouched down with my camera but I’m used to it by now! This was a construction site a few months ago but work is progressing well […]

Port of Cork

Port of Cork The Port of Cork seen from the hills on the north side of the city. Looks carefully and you can see several landmarks: The Elysian building site R&H Hall Cork Bonded Warehouses Holy Trinity Church And many more sights! I entered Little Communion Girl into the Photo Friday “Fresh” competition this morning. […]

The Stars and Stripes on Alcatraz

The Stars and Stripes on Alcatraz The flag of the United States flies over Alcatraz Island on a windy August day. This was originally a portrait shot but I squared it off to emphasize the vertical and horizontal leading lines. The hydrant is much more prominent in the foreground too. The red rusty texture beloved […]

Up up and away

Up up and away Yesterday the Elysian’s tower reached the 18th floor, 72m above sea level and one of the tallest buildings in the country. Apparently St Finbarre’s Cathedral is 75m to it’s central spire but there won’t be a 2400sq ft penthouse at the top of that! While we Irish congratulate ourselves on building […]

Post no bills

Post no bills Post no bills on the wooden boards surrounding the building site on Cornmarket Street. The red brick wall is the front of the old Guy and Company building. It looks like the builders are going to incorporate that into their new building which is great – mixing old with new. See map […]

The anxious look

The anxious look A young woman looks around anxiously in the crowd filled St. Patrick’s Street before she crosses at the traffic lights. I was standing on one of the new marble blocks shooting a scene across the road when I saw the gathering crowd below me at the traffic lights. I saw the glance […]

Buildings in the sky

Buildings in the sky I live in a city where the tallest building is one that will be 17 floors high so when I travel to far off lands it’s always great to see tall skyscrapers looming over the streets. This might bear a striking resemblance to a previous image but it is a different […]

First Draft: Ready to go!

John asked what did he original Ready to go! look like and I’ll oblige now. Showing what the original photo looks like is akin to showing what the first draft of a written essay or post reads like. Sometimes the image comes out perfectly in the camera but that’s rarely the case. At the very […]

Bike Lane

Bike Lane Riding a bike anywhere on today’s streets is almost a suicidal pursuit but bike lanes help. Here a bus drove past as I took this shot in an urban tunnel in downtown San Francisco.

Ready to go!

Ready to go! You better be good at hill starts if you live in San Francisco! I presume it’s slightly easier with an automatic transmission rather than manual? Highly processed image via multiple tools in the GIMP until I came up with an effect I liked – multiple layers, b/w, gaussian blur, layer modes and […]

Parking for the Guinness

Parking for the Guinness Look up for unusual perspectives on ordinary scenes. I was quite happy with this image of a lamppost in Parnell Place, Cork when I took it. The signs are clearly visible and the upside-down Guinness logo catches the eye! You have to wonder, what’s more important, Guinness or parking?

White and Red

White and Red Tourists in the town of Dingle walk along a street in late September. I love the contrast between white and red and yet the two houses mirror each other in other ways. This was another entry in the Mallow Camera Club’s Patterns Around Us competition.

The cat’s in the cradle

The cat’s in the cradle Michelle looks out from her home at the dreary wet day ahead and the annoying photographer in the doorway. A few seconds later she scampered off under the bushes but was back when I disappeared. Cats love their comfort and Michelle is no exception. She’s spoilt rotten like most house […]

Alcatraz Flowers

Alcatraz Flowers The entrance to Alcatraz Prison is up a series of steps near these flowers. I love how they catch the light while the background is in the shade of the prison. After yesterday’s flood of posts it’s nice to get back to the one-a-day habit although I wonder why Technorati hasn’t picked up […]

Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail Salim Ismail speaking at the 2006 it@cork National Technology & Business Conference. Thanks for the name check Salim