Poor old Clyde

clyde radcliffe exterminates all the unfriendly repulsive earth ridden slime

Poor Clyde. At one time he exterminated all the unfriendly repulsive earth ridden slime in the 1990 Thalamus game Creatures on the C64, Amiga and Atari ST, but now look at him. He’s missing his feet, his eyes are starting to go brown with age and he’s looking the worse for wear. No wonder, he’s almost 20 years old. For years he sat on top of my monitor. His feet stuck to the beige surface, but alas they were amputated when I moved out and between this and that he never got them back.
If you’ve never played Creatures, then find a C64 emulator (Vice is a good one), and look for the game. It’s easy to find as it sold bucket loads when originally released. The Roland Brothers did a great job of coding this masterpiece. Here’s the original Zzap! 64 review of the game. Brings back plenty of fond memories!

All this leads me to today’s post. I cleaned up my office with the help of my wife. I can see the floor now. There are no magazines lying around. Adam had great fun messing with some of my lens covers and bits and pieces while we cleaned. To my surprise I found the Autofocus On/Off switch from my Sigma 10-20 lens. There it is! I had no idea it was in my office. I was convinced I had lost it while out walking! Also pictured is the cover of the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens I used to take this shot.

In the background is this month’s issue of Retro Gamer. There’s a special on Zelda, a game I’ve never played except for 5 minutes on Starlight Princess on the Wii. Apparently the series is quite famous and well liked.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 50mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

A Volkswagen Beetle in Blarney reminds me that not everyone has bought a shiny new car. It even has the old style number plates. Does anyone know what year and county “WFI” relates to?

I love how this image is framed by the old fence. B&W works particularly well because of the timeless nature of the subject.

If you know Blarney, this was shot from the car park of Blarney Castle and I posted a shot of the other side of this building in my Emerald House B&B post a while back.

PS. New theme, what do you think?
PPS. David Lavery has posted the Photographer of the Year results on the Mallow Camera Club website. 1 point more and I would have drawn on 3rd place in the novice section.

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 22mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/125s

Blarney on April 24, 2008

I had to get the car fixed today. A ball bearing was broken in one of the rear wheels and driving was like one of those modded cars with huge exhausts. Noisy and annoying. So, I took the car down to Blarney Auto Centre where they sorted it out this afternoon. I took the opportunity to get some exercise in by walking back home and took a few photos. Enjoy!


Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Blarney on April 20th, 2008

Adam is 1 tomorrow so we went out for lunch this afternoon. I really shouldn’t have had that chocolate cheescake. Yum though. Blarney was full of tourists wandering everywhere. The infamous “invulnerability zone” all tourists feel around them makes driving very hazardous, especially in the grounds of Blarney Woollen Mills.

We had a party for Adam later and our families called over to celebrate. I finally played 4 player Mario Kart on the Wii with Donal, Cathal and Mike and it was great fun!


Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s

Great ball of flame

Great ball of flame

Sunrise over Blarney a few days ago. There was a thin layer of cloud on the horizon that nicely blocked out much of the light of the sun allowing me to capture this early morning sun.

It’s amazing to think that the light we see takes 8 minutes to travel the immense distance between the Sun and Earth. What’s even more remarkable is the thousands of years a photon can spend zinging back and forth inside the Sun before emerging as heat and light.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 270mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/320s

Call of the evening

A bird atop the light outside my house calls into the glowing evening sky heralding the end of 2007.

After walking Oscar I had to grab my camera and shoot the beautiful evening sky. The background was this colour, there’s no trickery here except a little vignetting and sharpening.