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Time for a bath

Time for a bath

About time for your bath, don’t you think?


Apertureƒ/2.2
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length2.2mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/1600s

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Bunches of Mushrooms

Bunches of Mushrooms

Clusters of mushrooms growing out of an old tree trunk by a small river.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length50mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/8s

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Sunset Afterglow at Inniscarra

Sunset Afterglow at Inniscarra

Apertureƒ/9
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length50mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/30s

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Tiny Mushroom

Tiny Mushroom

Here’s one of my attempts at a mushroom photo, focus stacked from 4 roughly the same images.

This sort of photography is really hard isn’t it? You have to get down really low which is a problem itself if you don’t have a tripod to suit. An extension tube is a requirement as I don’t have a macro lens, and then trying to manually focus on the different parts of the mushroom is a challenge.

The focus assist in my camera really helped there. It shows dancing dots where the image is focused but even at f/14 it wasn’t enough to encompass the entire mushroom from front to back. Tap to zoom paid off a few times as it blows up the image to help focusing.

It was fascinating to see the focus dots move like a wave through the scene as I zoomed in and out. Yes, zooming in and out moved the focus point significantly! Significantly here means a few centimetres. Everything is small scale here.


Apertureƒ/14
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length105mm
ISO100
Shutter speed2.5s

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Radar Domes on Mount Gabriel

Radar Domes on Mount Gabriel

The radar domes on Mount Gabriel to the north of the town of Schull in West Cork. According to Wikipedia they were blown up by the IRA in 1982!

In the late 1970s, as part of the development of Eurocontrol (the European air traffic control system), two radar domes were built on the top of the mountain.

In September 1982 the Irish National Liberation Army, an Irish republican paramilitary group, blew up the radar domes, wrongly claiming that they were being used by NATO in violation of Irish neutrality.

Mount Gabriel

Apertureƒ/9
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length600mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/2500s

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Slip into the water

Slip into the water

Waiting for the sunrise, Muckross Lake. Killarney.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length33mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/8s

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Cluck Cluck

cluck cluck

A chicken living her best life, enjoying the morning sun.


Apertureƒ/9
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length600mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/250s

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One Albert Quay

One Albert Quay

The city at night. Modern buildings between the old on the quays.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length28mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/1.3s

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Thompsons of Cork

Thompsons of Cork

The iconic Thompsons sign on McCurtain Street glows in the dark on a cold October evening.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO200
Shutter speed5s

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Winners of the Stone Mad Blarney Half-Marathon 2021

Damian Kenneally, Eagle AC
Damian Kenneally, Eagle AC
Linda O'Sullivan, Watergrasshill AC
Linda O’Sullivan, Watergrasshill AC

I spent a few hours photographing the runners finishing the half-marathon in Blarney today. There was a huge turnout.Weather was dire. Rain falling most of the time with gusts of wind to carry it into your face and on to the camera.

I don’t have any particular bad-weather strategy as I usually stay inside when the weather is bad but this time I took an umbrella, tucked under my arm to hold it up and a small towel to dry the lens and camera body when it inevitably got wet.

2000 photos later, 48GB of data and 65% of my battery gone and the last contestant crossed the finish line. I posted a few of the photos on the Blarney Blog Facebook page but there are more than 700 in total to post and I’ll upload them over the next few days and update this post with a link.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length49mm
ISO320
Shutter speed1/200s

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Hoppy posing for the camera

Hoppy posing for the camera

She just loves the camera! xxx


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO250
Shutter speed1/35s

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The Bus Station at Night

The Bus Station at Night

Parnell Place Bus Station in Cork. Pictured a few nights ago. Thanks Henry for the pointers on shooting this scene!


Apertureƒ/10
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/2s