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Diego in his blanket

Diego, our chihuahua, in his blue baby blanket looking directly at the camera.

Diego in his blanket after waking up from a sleep. This is an old photo of him from 2017, but I’m posting it today because he’s at the vet’s office after getting an x-ray.

He hasn’t been himself for some time and let out loud yelps from time to time but he was diagnosed with Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) by the vet this afternoon.

It’s the very early stages of the disease and with lots of care we can treat him. No jumping off sofas, beds, or chairs. No walks even. We have to wrap him in cotton wool for the next six weeks.

He’ll get better.


Apertureƒ/1.7
CameraSM-G935F
Focal length4.2mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/50s

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Surreal Flowers in Dublin

A woman clutches a bouguet of flowers next to a large display of flowers for sale on Grafton Street in Dublin.

A woman stands next to a display of flowers for sale in Dublin last October.

I played with the colours here a little. A bit of fun on an image that was too noisy, and too dark.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO12800
Shutter speed1/500s

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The Eye Sees All

Graffiti on a wall. An eye in a triangle with a starry background overlaid on the face of a screaming bearded man.

This graffiti caught my eye when I walked past. It was on the corner of Barrack Street and Fort Street in Cork. The eye sees you and the man screams at you.

It’s long gone now, this photo was made in 2019!


Apertureƒ/4
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length35mm
ISO500
Shutter speed1/500s

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The yellow glow of sunset

The yellow glow of sunset drowns out most other colours in an ICM photo of a sunset.

I walked out my front door last night and spotted a fiery sunset behind the houses across the road. The colour slowly changed over the next ten minutes as the sun sunk further and further beyond the horizon.

I took 151 photos of the sky that night, most of them taken with me waggling my camera back and forth to capture some sweet ICM.

This was shot at f/13 so there were plenty of dust spots to heal. Luckily you can copy heals from one photo to another and if they’re the AI kind, Lightroom Classic will calculate the best way to heal each time.


Apertureƒ/13
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/2.5s

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Fifty Shades of Mountain

Mountains in the haze with forests and snow on them.

Mountains on the German/Austria border stretch off in the distance as the Alps cut through this region of Europe.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length169mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/800s

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The winds blows softly

Clouds blur with movement, and grass bends against the wind in a long exposure photo at a beach in Kerry. Rocks in the foreground, Grass on a hill, with a broken fence on top, and the cloudy sky above.

On a lovely evening in August last year I was walking along a beach with my wife. The sun was getting low in the sky casting a faintly yellow glow over the world.

This long exposure shot captures the movement of cloud, and the wind blown grass. Even though there wasn’t much wind, it’s all relative when the photo is 13 seconds long.

Psst. Don’t tell anyone, but there’s a really nice beach around the corner from Wine Strand!


Apertureƒ/13
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length37mm
ISO100
Shutter speed13s

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Streaks of Sunset Light

Streaks of colour in a sunset photo made by moving the camera left to right.
The colours go from a dark smudgy grey and blue to vibrant orange.

You may have seen the stunning sunset photo from Crosshaven that I shared yesterday. Well, here’s another shot of it for you.

This one doesn’t look like a typical sunset, does it? Except for the warm orange glow. That’s because I used a technique called Intentional Camera Movement, or ICM for short. It involves zooming in on the boats in the water and moving the camera from side to side while taking the shot. The boats are the dark part of the photo, while the reflected sunlight in the water provided the rich orange streaks.

The result is a beautiful abstract image with streaks of colour and light. Next time I’m shooting a sunset over water, I’ll be trying this again!


Apertureƒ/16
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/3s

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Sunset in Crosshaven

Boats on the water and in the background a forest with some houses and a lovely orange sunset too.

The sun sets over Curraghbinny Wood as I watched from the Crosshaven side. There was the most amazing glow in the sky that lasted several minutes, a nice end to a glorious day.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length69mm
ISO500
Shutter speed1/160s

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The Ice Cream Line

Parents and I presume children (unseen), line up next to an ice cream van outside a park with railings.

Parents line up for the ice cream van outside Fitzgerald’s Park in Cork.

Their kids are somewhere nearby, out of sight behind the wall.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/1000s

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In the future we won’t talk at all

People ordering food in McDonalds using their kiosks. Four people are at the machines, mostly dressed for the night in dark clothes and coats while one young woman is dressed as if it wasn't cold and wet outside.

We just tap tap tap on the screens to order. The man watching me take the photo never said a word either.

It was Halloween, did you notice the horns on her head?


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO5000
Shutter speed1/250s

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Prepping for a 70th birthday

Two people walking up the steps of a narrow street. They have two balloons in the shape of a 7 and a 0, and a large fake bottle of champagne.

Two women carrying balloons and a large fake champagne bottle up the steps of a narrow lane. Bet they had a party that night!


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraGalaxy S23 Ultra
Focal length27.2mm
ISO160
Shutter speed1/50s

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Place your bets at the races

Before the races start at the Point to Point, the bookies are quiet. Signs and umbrellas and a few people.

I’ve only been to a few point to point or other horse races, but you can rely on there being bookies present to take your money.


Apertureƒ/5
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length150mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/500s