The half finished Opera Lane

The new Opera Lane in Cork City separates the gleaming buildings of the new development that was built right in the heart of the city and completed this year. Back in July it was a rugged dirty construction site, and this photo is a fitting end to 2009, and the Noughties. Not much construction work going on anywhere in Ireland now. Just lots of debt.

I’ll post a photo tomorrow, but I’ll be posting every 3 days after that to give myself a little more free time. This blog gets a third of the traffic of Holy Shmoly! yet takes far more time to update. Traffic isn’t the reason why you should blog, but a photoblog is a very public display of creative work by it’s owner. Without feedback from new visitors it’s hard to maintain an enthusiasm for it. The unfortunate thing is that it’s very difficult to attract visitors to a site like this because of the minimal amount of text for search engines to index.
I know myself it’s easy to scan photoblogs in a feedreader. One quick look, and on to the next one. I’m guilty of that myself!

To end on a high note, I’ll have more time to prepare posts, and polish the photos I upload so I hope both are even better next year!

Happy New Year!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/500s

County Hall Deconstructed

County Hall Deconstructed

County Hall in Cork, as it was in 2005. Not so long ago it was flooded but it looks vaguely impressive when seen from certain viewpoints since the facelift it received in this photo.

Shame it’s built on a flood plain.

Aperture ƒ/22
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/50s

Digging up Daunt Square

Digging up Daunt Square

Flash back to 2005 if you will. Ireland is in the grip of the Celtic Tiger boom. Cork is undergoing a transformation. The city’s streets were dug up and remolded with apparently improved drainage (didn’t help recently unfortunately) and the revamping of the city centre was in full swing.

Here’s the construction on Daunt Square, with behind it the long gone Virgin Megastore.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/2500s

The doctor is out

The doctor is out

The doctor is out, and won’t ever be in again.

Photo of the half-demolished buildings that became the ugly grey building across from Carroll’s Quay carpark on Leitrim Street, Cork.
Shot in April 2005.

Aperture ƒ/4.5
Camera Canon PowerShot A70
Focal length 13.4375mm
Shutter speed 1/200s

Sean O Connor’s Dental Laboratory

Sean O Connors Dental Laboratory

I never noticed this sign for a dental laboratory on Castle Street before. Maybe it’s the large gaping hole in the streetscape next to it that caught my eye? It must be a really old sign, that phone number had a “4” prefix added to it many years ago.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 72mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/125s

Derelict and red brick

Derelict and red brick

A long unused, derelict and run down red brick building on the Old Youghal Road. This was shot last September, first time I’d been up around this area in a few years. Nothing much had changed in all those years.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 162mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/640s