Blarney

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Directions to Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is that way. Go out the gate, turn right, turn left and park. Right in front of you. I got back to Ireland yesterday afternoon. A mostly uneventful flight home, except for some problems with check in and I had to check in twice more. On the last attempt I got bumped to […]

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Arson attack on Blarney Garda Station

On Friday morning around 5am the Gardai on duty at Blarney Garda Station were called away on what turned out to be a hoax. Unfortunately while they were out the Garda station was attacked, the front door kicked down and firebombs thrown into the rooms downstairs. The building itself is quite old and burned quickly. […]

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The Green House

The Green House, a small cafe in Blarney near Blarney Castle. It was previously the local Post Office but is now quite nice I’m told. Haven’t been in there yet. Blarney Garda Station was set alight last night. I half heard something on the radio about it and confirmed it when Gordon replied to my […]

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Blarney Half Marathon 2008

The annual Blarney Half Marathon ran through the village and surrounding countryside yesterday. Here’s a gallery of shots I took while walking the dog. A light drizzle of rain soaked everyone, and hurried my steps home and back to the warmth. The weather was much nicer last year! Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal […]

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Tour of Ireland Crowds

Some of the crowds who gathered for the Tour of Ireland as it passed through Blarney in Co. Cork. Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 88mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/160s

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Tour of Ireland Stragglers

Some of the final riders who passed through Blarney during the Tour of Ireland race last week. Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 33mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/100s

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And the rain keeps pouring

Rain has been pouring out of the heavens all day with little break. Here’s my neighbour’s car shot through the windscreen of my car this evening. Just back from acupuncture, need to shoot something not sharp to counter the needles I watched being put into my feet and hands, never mind the ones I didn’t […]

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Photographic Knowledge

A little knowledge goes a long way. It better. I’ve read all these magazines and most of the books here but have I absorbed all of it? Hardly. I’ve since almost given up on buying photography magazines because they repeat the same old guff year in year out. Possibly with the exception of Black and […]

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Tour of Ireland blur past

Not the best image I’ll admit, but to the naked eye these guys were just a blur they were going to fast. I think this was shot while I was quickly zooming out after shooting them coming down the road. Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 88mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/200s

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Tour of Ireland Riders in Blarney

Tour of Ireland riders race through the main street in Blarney at speed. It seems like everyone came out to cheer them on! Will sent me a text this morning saying the legal requirements for a charity event are too much for the planned Pink for October on the 20th of September, but he wondered […]

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Tour of Ireland Leading Group in Blarney

Yesterday the Tour of Ireland rode (quickly) through Blarney village, but the main group was proceeded by these three cyclists by almost 4 minutes. Good thing too, good practice for when the rest sped through in front of us at breakneck speed! Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 28mm ISO 100 Shutter speed […]

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Tour of Ireland

The Tour of Ireland bicycle race passed through Blarney on it’s way to Cork City this afternoon. There was a sprint to the finish line in front of the local Catholic church before the cyclists made their way down the dual carriageway to Cork and up Patrick’s Hill, twice! I was there ready to shoot […]

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Red and White Flowers

Colourful red and white flowers in the doorway of Supervalu in Blarney. I half thought about posting Damien’s picture from yesterday’s get together, especially after what lexia said but that’d be too cruel! Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 20D Focal length 144mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/250s

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All locked out

A neighbour’s gate is securely locked. As secure as a 3 foot high driveway gate will ever be I suppose. Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 20D Focal length 200mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/320s

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How to (not) shoot a solar eclipse

I went searching and found a few pages describing how to shoot the sun during a solar eclipse. All warned against looking at the sun directly. So, I ignored all that advice and got out my 75-300mm lens and grabbed a couple of shots of the sun with a chunk bitten out of it by […]