The Clock Tower, Youghal

The Clock Tower Youghal

The Clock Tower in Youghal is a building you won’t miss if you travel through the town (and despite the great bypass around the area, we got caught in a huge traffic jam!)

According to this page the tower was built in 1777 and had a grisly past,

In 1777, the town’s Clock Gate was built on the site of Trinity Castle, part of the town’s fortifications. The Clock Gate served the town as gaol and public gallows until 1837; prisoners were executed by being hanged from the windows.

PS. Mark your diaries! Cork photowalk on September 26th! There’s a chance to win one of 3 free rooms in the Montenotte Hotel the night before. Blog post to follow tomorrow!
Thanks Damien for helping to organise this great event.

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

A grasshopper caught climbing the outside wall of a friend’s house in Fermoy. My son Adam spotted him first and excitedly called the rest of us out to see. I then proceeded to shoot over a dozen shots of the little bug.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 50mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s

The Pillars of Justice

The Pillars of Justice

The limestone steps and pillars at the front of the Court House in Cork make for an imposing building. Never been in there though. Guess they wouldn’t be too happy with a photographer prowling around? I’ll have to bring a sketch pad.

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

The wide open space at the top of Patrick’s Street in Cork is a crossroads for traffic going along Cork’s busiest streets. It’d be a nightmare to cross without the pedestrian lights, not that stops people racing or even sauntering across in front of oncoming traffic.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

F-spot and Bibble 5 Preview updated

I noticed this morning that F-Spot 0.6.0 came out a few days ago. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m downloading it now. Unfortunately if it requires any dependencies not present in Ubuntu Jaunty I’ll leave it for another day, or until a .deb exists. I don’t have time to go chasing this stuff any more.

bibblalabs

Bibble Labs continue their progress to a final release of Bibble 5 with a new preview release. I downloaded preview 2.2 last week and it converted my large 11GB catalog to a new format while I went off and made a cup of tea. On loading nothing much had changed but lots of bugs have been fixed. I have over 75,000 photos loaded into it so it’s a bit of a memory and CPU hog. When I plan on browsing through my photo archive I shut down the other memory hog on my computer, Firefox.
Can’t wait for a final release. You should try it out.

No Shandon Bells from Academy Street

No Shandon Bells from Academy Street

The bell tower of St. Anne’s Church in Shandon may well be one of the most recognisable sights in Cork but it’s no longer visible down Academy Street and as a consequence, possibly from Patrick Street either.

Back in 2007 I snapped this photo of the tower and it’s well I did because the construction work on Half Moon Street has obscured the view unfortunately.

A message posted to this thread on archiseek.com suggested this might happen so after I read it I looked for some proof.

I pointed out when this was on plans that it would obliterate the last view of Shandon from Patrick Street. Despite all of the City Council’s huffing and puffing regarding views of landmark buildings, we get this rubbish. They would have been better off building a few metres higher and blocking out the fish totally – whats left is merely rubbing our faces in it!

I do like the building that’s there though. Nice curve to it along Half Moon Street.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/1000s