The evening after the storm

Evening after the storm

Ireland has been lashed with some severe winds and storms over the last 2 weeks. There’s destruction in many locations around the coast and inland too but sometimes the storm abates and the sun shines between the clouds.

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 47mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

Equal to the Ferris Wheel

Equal to the Ferris Wheel

A few days ago I had a chance to shoot the city and took the opportunity to get a higher vantage point to shoot the Ferris wheel on The Grand Parade.

I’ve decided to license this photo and any newer photos under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This basically means you can do whatever you like with this photo, even commercial usage (although opportunities might be limited because of the web size of the file) as long as you credit me as the author and share the (altered?) photo under the same license.

You could if you were so inclined add little stick figures dangling from the gondolas in this photo, with one plummeting to it’s death while the others are rescued by their friends or a passing eagle. I’d be fine with that. I’d be very happy with that! Just remember to mention me and link back here. That’s all I ask.

Ferris Wheel No. 3

Ferris Wheel No 3

And the last of the Ferris Wheel shots from about a week ago.

I prefer to take photos and work on them rather than come up snappy titles and accompanying text for blog posts. Facebook, Flickr and social media sites have the advantage here where all you need to do is hit upload and you can completely ignore the title or description. I think most people don’t even read this blurb anyway so I may dispense with it completely except for location and date data. We’ll see.

I’m also considering a Creative Commons license. That’s fine for photos taken in public with nobody recognisable but how does CC cope with the necessity for model release forms? What about photos taken on private property? “All rights reserved” is so much easier and one of the reasons I haven’t switched to a more permissive license.

The big wheel in Cork

The big wheel in Cork

We went into Cork City to see the big wheel on The Grand Parade this evening. It was freezing cold but a huge crowd was out braving the frigid temperatures. There were long lines for the wheel and had it been earlier I might have gone up there to take some photos but the wheel never travelled a full circle in one go while we were there. They were continually letting people on and off the machine so any time you see a motion blurred picture of the wheel it’s during those times when the wheel turned a couple of degrees to let passengers off and on.

I got a few nice shots however so there’ll be a few more shots before the new year!

The Grand Parade in 2003

The Grand Parade in 2003

I’ve recently taken a keener interest in older photos of Cork but the realisation that I have photos in my own archive that are “sort-of old” has dawned slowly on me.

Here’s a shot of The Grand Parade in Cork shot in 2003. The street looks completely different now of course. The street isn’t split in two, there aren’t cars parked in the middle of the street like that any more, and there’s a huge pedestrian area where that bus stop used to be. The bus stop is in fact about 10m or more over to the left.

In the foreground is the cannon I have posted here a few times. You can see in that picture some of the changes that make the modern street a more friendly place to pedestrians.

The Cat Yawns

The Cat Yawns

Zara yawns as she ponders the meaning of life. No. She just wants to know when her next meal will be.

This was taken just over 10 years ago when Zara was but a kitten, she’s a little bigger now! I shot this with my ancient Sony F717, my favourite camera of all time. It’s “only” 5MP, and horrendous at night but it had a cool infra red mode and I loved how the body of the camera swivelled around the lens. Unfortunately the motherboard in it failed prompting me to jump ship to a Canon DSLR!