Hold Her Steady

A ship tied up at the quay in Kinsale, Co. Cork last year. The vessel was mostly deserted but we saw revellers boarding it regularly, walking around the deck and then off again!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1.3s

Happy on the Köln

Happy on the Köln

A very happy crew member of the Köln when she docked in Cork in 2005.

Now that I’ve archived my photo collection to DVD (only 41 DVDs for 2009 so far!) I’m converting RAW files to Jpeg to reduce the insane storage requirements of 179GB of data for 2009 alone. As an example, I squashed 2GB of RAW files to high quality Jpeg files that only took up 362MB. I’ve saved over 20GB so far and I’ve only started. :)

It is risky having only one copy of the RAW files on DVD but I haven’t yet deleted the files from my backup drives. The plan is to make duplicate DVD copies of each year, and then every year or more likely every 2 years make another 2 copies of each disc. Or use a Bluray burner if they’re available.
Or use a hard disk, I suspect that the disk capacity I need will probably come close to the cost of a spindle of high quality DVD discs.

Me paranoid? Not paranoid enough.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 160mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Eyes on Fregatte Köln

Eyes on Fregatte Köln

Crewmen on the Fregatte Köln when it visited Cork in 2005 kept a close eye on me, Ryan and AJ as we photographed every inch of the ship we could see.

Looking back over these photos reminds me that this was the day the cheap memory card I used at the time failed on me and I lost a number of fairly decent shots.

Samskip Pioneer

Samskip Pioneer

Samskip Pioneer, a container ship, docked in Cork last weekend. We were down by the Marina in Blackrock on a blistering hot Saturday. While us Irish sat in the shade, Spanish students sat out in the 3pm sun, some wearing long sleeve tshirts! I know, I know, they’re used to the heat but the mind still boggles. I’m useless if the temperature goes above 25C.

Anyway, I went searching and found aprs.fi where you can track the radio transmissions from shipping and found this map showing the location of Samskip Pioneer last Saturday. Login as “V2BT5″, the callsign of the ship. Yes, it’s in Cork Harbour!
The lines might be wrong but then they’re as the crow flies and a big ship doesn’t fly.

What do you think of the border? I adjusted the image in Bibblepro using it’s lens guide which created the border. Normally I’d resize it out but this time I liked the effect.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 33mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s