Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Blackrock, Cork. It’s named after Pádraig Ó Caoimh (no relation), “a native of Roscommon, this War of Independence veteran became secretary of the Cork County Board at 21, and he began a 35-year stint as General-Secretary of the GAA barely a decade later”(ref)

Michael Jackson and U2 have both played here in the distant past.

Shot from the roof of the Montenotte Hotel during our last photowalk. You can also see the Marina, the River Lee and Lough Mahon in the distance.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 106mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

St Patrick and the Volkswagen

St Patrick and the Volkswagen

A Volkswagen Beetle parked across the road from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on the Lower Glanmire Road in Cork. The church was built in 1840. The car, not so old.

Shot on the recent photowalk in the city.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/320s

Patrick’s Hill Cat

Patricks Hill Cat

A white cat that lives at the top of Patrick’s Hill, taken very near to where this was taken many years before.

Lots more Life photos of Cork too. Many of recognisable locations.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

Five to Twelve

Five to Twelve

It’s almost noon and I’m at the top of Patrick’s Hill taking photos of the Northside of Cork City. Pictured is St. Anne’s in the foreground, the County Hall in the background and lots in between!

Didn’t have time to work on any shots from yesterday. Too much to do.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/400s

Soiree

Soiree

–noun
an evening party or social gathering, esp. one held for a particular purpose: a musical soiree. (source)

The first time I heard anyone use the word “soiree” was when my wife’s friend spoke about organising a party at her home. My wife uses it too. Must be posh, I married well!

Today I decided to see the world in black and white after reading an article in Photography Monthly about Chris Friel, a colour blind photographer in the UK, who shoots that way.
I set my shooting mode to Monochrome, quality to Jpeg and added a red filter (although I’m not certain it had much effect from testing..) and fired away. After 3 or 4 shots I chickened out and set the quality mode to RAW+Jpeg so at least I have the full colour image to work with in the RAW image.

I must say, I’m pleased with the results! Black and white doesn’t work for every image. They were rather flat out of the camera but a bit of dodging and burning helped add some punch. Hopefully I’ll find time to work on a few more shots over the next few days so you can see just what black and white images “out of the camera” can look like! (versus conversion by some filter or the channel mixer.)