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Footprints in the sand

Footprints in the sand Footprints on a sandy beach on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry. The blue sky, fluffy clouds, golden sand and warm breeze are just the tonic for a relaxing break away from it all.

Alone in the park

Alone in the park A dog, a tree and a park bench in the Lee Fields, Cork. I took Oscar, our shitzu, for a short walk at the Lee Fields a while back and made this image during what was a fairly uneventful walk. Neither of us was in the mood for a walk but […]

Leading lines and bright lights

Leading lines and bright lights Studs on the ground lead down to the traffic lights on the South Mall, Cork. In this long exposure shot a couple of cars passed by providing a nice light trail in the background. The twinkling of the street lighting is from the narrow aperture. Setting the aperture as small […]

The witch and the balloons

The witch and the balloons A witch hands out balloons to young kids outside Brown Thomas on a late October Saturday. Just out of frame of this shot is a woman who has asked for a balloon. The witch explains that the balloons are just for the kids.. I wonder why? More on this later.

Of photographers and photojournalists

Mark Hancock asks of his editor, “Do we run pretty pictures?” It’s not something your average photographer has to deal with but when you work for a newspaper as a photojournalist it is a consideration. Where would I be if I couldn’t shoot pretty pictures? What would you do? Do you really hanker after that […]

King of my world

King of my world A child is carried atop his parent’s shoulders on St. Patrick’s Street, Cork a few weeks ago. I really like this shot, for what reason, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s the brightness and flowery design of the clothing worn by parent and child compared to the passers by. I’m sure both […]

Friends together

Friends together Friends talk and laugh on the street while busy shoppers pass on either side. Pictured on St. Patrick Street, Cork last October in front of Penneys. I love my wide angle lens!

POP Writing and World Changing Photos

I just subscribed to the Popular Photo feed and came across the following great reads: DSLR Basic Training Guilty Pleasures – fun with panoramas. Edible Complex – tips for food photography The Photoshop heretic has some great black and white shots. 5 reasons to shoot film – don’t believe everything he says. There are full […]

Photographing arrested suspects

Mark Hancock was present at a police sting in Beaumont, Texas to arrest people involved in the sex trade in that city. He posted photos and commentary on the incident as well as explaining that it’s legal to show the faces of people under arrest. Before anyone asks, yes, it’s perfectly legal to show the […]

Stepping out of the crowd

Stepping out of the crowd A girl steps away from the maddening crowd on a busy street. This was a bit of an experiment for me. I blurred the background by making a duplicate layer, blurring, adding a layer mask and then revealing the girl through the layer mask. It’s not perfect, and in fact, […]

Solitary figure

Solitary figure A man bends over and adjusts his shopping bag outside Tesco shopping center on Paul St. I was waiting outside the shopping center and this scene enfolded in front of me. On a busy street people studiously ignore each other. Strangers pass by without a glance, busy with their own lives, friends gather […]

Mushrooms in the roots

Mushrooms in the roots Mushrooms grow from the roots of a tree in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork. I just loved the colour and texture of the fungus, especially in the light of the sunset behind me.

Your mom knows kung fuu

Your mom knows kung fuu I’ve been bursting to tell everyone for the last few months that in 2007 I will become a father! Jacinta, my wife, is pregnant and she’s due in the middle of April! We’re very excited about it but also nervous. We don’t want to know or care if the baby […]

City Hall at night

City Hall at night Cork City Hall at night as viewed from across the river. It was all lit up for the Modern Homes Exhibition and as it was such a calm night the reflection on the River Lee was beautiful. If you watch the RTE news at 6pm or 9pm tonight, watch out for […]

Gary finds his parents

A wonderful thing happened the other day. Gary Byron, a Corkonian like myself, was browsing the net and looking about for things to do when he comes home for Christmas. He stumbled upon this blog and by some one-in-a-million chance found my photo, Wet Day Shopping. He recognised the couple in the photo as his […]