Balloons in Cork

Balloons in Cork

A balloon seller on Daunt Square in September 2009, during one of our photowalks. A shopper takes her ease in the foreground.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/5000s

An Bhlarna

The sign points the way to Blarney or Blarna in Irish. If you’re interested, that’s pronounced “blawrnah”

“Secrets”, an adult store, occupies the building at the centre of this photo.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

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

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