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Santa is a Little Worse for Wear

Santa is a Little Worse for Wear

Poor Santa, he’s a little worse for wear around this time of year. He’s so busy.

Aperture ƒ/2.2
Camera SM-G900F
Focal length 4.8mm
ISO 40
Shutter speed 1/560s

Glowing Colour

Glowing Colour

The Ferris Wheel in Cork all lit up at night.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 58mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 10s

The Stars of Cork are Glowing

The Stars of Cork are Glowing

Here’s another shot of the ferris wheel and the lights of Cork City along the River Lee from earlier this month. It’s taken from a location near where I shot my previous Glow photo. I prefer this one however, the colours are more saturated, the starlike effect is enhanced and the angle is more interesting. What do you think?

The Starlight of Glow Cork

The Starlight of Glow Cork

Street lighting shines like stars as Glow continues next to the River Lee in Cork.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 8s

The bright lights of London

The bright lights of London

The famous red double decker busses of London passed by as I took this photo of a building and advertising display back in 2008.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/60s

The Grand Parade Ferris Wheel

Grand Parade Ferris Wheel

This year the ferris wheel is back on The Grand Parade, Cork for Christmas again!

Aperture ƒ/22
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 20s

Clouds over Playa Blanca

Clouds over Playa Blanca

Clouds gathered over the resort of Playa Blanca on the Island of Lanzarote.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/640s

An Garda

An Garda

A member of An Garda Síochána directed traffic in Blarney last night when Santa visited and the lights were turned on in the village.

This is a long exposure zoomed shot, of about one second duration with the flash firing at the end of the exposure.

To replicate:

  • Make sure you set your flash to “second curtain”. Use Google to find out how on your brand of flash. Normally the flash will fire at the start of an exposure.
  • Have the lens at it’s widest zoom.
  • Set the camera to one second exposure in shutter priority mode (Tv on Canon cameras, S on others) or use manual mode with an aperture as wide as possible.
  • Line up your subject, hit the shutter button and slowly zoom in.

If you’ve timed it right the flash will fire when you’re zoomed in right. They’ll be lit by the flash and any background lights will appear as streaks going towards them. It’s hard to get right and not overexpose your subject so keep practising!

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 20mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1s

An Apple for Blarney

An Apple for Blarney

I discovered there’s an apple tree on the Waterloo Road near Blarney recently when I spotted apples on the road while out walking.

Originally I thought I’d post this as a bright colourful photo but then I wanted to show off the texture of the fruit against the rough, stony surface of the road. Black and white would be perfect for that. Apologies for the blown out highlights, this was taken with my phone which does a great job but you can only do so much with Jpeg files.

Aperture ƒ/2.2
Camera SM-G900F
Focal length 4.8mm
ISO 40
Shutter speed 1/190s