A Berber Village in Morocco from the Air

Berber Village from the Air

A Berber village in a valley outside Marrakesh in Morocco. Another of the hot air balloon shots from Wednesday. It was so peaceful drifting overhead, we could hear animals calling and see people looking up. There were hardly any motorised vehicles at all. All those buildings, except for the mosque, were made of mud and straw. Look around you, how different is your life from theirs?

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/200s

To Kiss the Blarney Stone

To Kiss the Blarney Stone

If you ever wondered where the Blarney Stone was just look up. This shot was taken from a balcony looking into the exposed interior of Blarney Castle. The people at the top of the building are standing around the Blarney Stone and it looks like there’s one brave soul yet to perform the deed. The other two are Castle employees.

You see, you have to lie flat on the stone walkway high above there and lean out backwards while holding on to two railings and then kiss the stone just below floor level. Don’t worry. There are bars below you. I’ve never heard of anyone falling to their death! One of those guys holds on to you while you kiss the Stone and the other takes a photo.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

Telecom Club

Telecom Club

The Telecom Club on McCurtain Street, Cork.

Telecom Éireann was the state telecoms monopoly until other companies came into the country some years ago but in it’s current state, Éircom, they still own most (all?) the copper phone lines that go into homes here.

I’m not sure of the history of the Telecom Club in Cork, but I have been in there. A few years ago I took Spanish classes there for about 3 months until my interest waned. Don’t take that for a sign of how you’ll do with your new year’s resolutions. :)

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/40s

No Hotel

Moore’s Hotel on Morrison’s Quay, a former hotel that is now up for rent. I’d never been in there when it was a hotel but did meet an interesting man who worked there. The woo was strong in that one!

Edit: mouse over the image. Trying to do a before and after thing. Do you like it?


Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s