A sign in the foreground of the main square in Bantry, Co. Cork. We went to Ahakista eventually!
This is made from one exposure but I had this great looking sky and underexposed buildings and ground detail. To get an even exposure I split the photo using two layers and adjusted the exposure in each accordingly. I’m very happy with my work on this one!
A long exposure shot in the English Market in the vicinity of one of the many chicken meat shops.
The camera was set to f/8.0 and placed on top of a wall. In this semi-dark passage the exposure was 1/4 second blurring the passing people nicely but capturing the relatively motionless shop keepers.
Kay O’Connell’s is probably the biggest of the fishmongers in the English Market, Cork.
I expect there are three generations of one family here: grandmother, mother and child. A moment in time captured on Paul Street, Cork.
A girl on the phone in Dawnt Square Cork, dressed in the height of youth fashion: the obligatory tracksuit!
Mick Flannery played to a sold out audience in the Spiegeltent last night. He has an amazing voice, he’s a great song writer and the audience were up in arms crying and shouting for encores at the end of the gig.
The Lynch Mob joined Mick Flannery on stage to the delight of the audience.
A workman lifts his wheelbarrow on Grand Parade, Cork a few weeks back.
No more Fred photos yet, I’ve been way too busy, and we’re headed to the Spiegeltent tonight to see Mick Flannery so tomorrow will be another street shot!
One of the highlights of Ahakista in Co. Cork is the Tin Pub set in the middle of an area lush with vegetation, flowers, trees and lovely West Cork Scenery.
Jacinta visited here several years ago with her friend Mary when they had a picnic in the back garden. We did the same, after asking the family who own the building. You see, the pub wasn’t open yet, but then Tom had a wedding the previous night and finished work at 4am. Shortly after we made ourselves comfortable outside and had poured our tea he showed up and smiled when he saw our picnic.
After our picnic we got chatting to Paul and Cath, who are over from Cornwall for a week. Over a pint we soon got lost in the easy going atmosphere of the pub and before we knew it time had caught up with us and we had to make the journey home.
Despite Pete McCarthy’s assertion that driving down a road with grass in the middle means you’re going the wrong way, you should try the “alternative route” to Ahakista. When you leave Bantry take the first turn right to Sheepshead and you’ll see it sign posted a few miles down the road. Go slowly, because others use the road, but the scenery is amazing. If it wasn’t for the fact that we were late leaving home, I would have stopped several times to shoot landscapes.
I can’t remember the last time I was in this part of the world, but the beautiful scenery and laid back way of life means I’ll be back!
The 15th annual H.O.G. Rally took place this weekend in Killarney, Co. Kerry. 10,000 Harley Davidson riders were expected. For the last few days I’ve seen Harleys around Cork sporting flags from all over Europe.
Here are two of them on their way back, pictured in Blarney! Jacinta and I were going to the local shop when 2 couples riding on these beautiful bikes drove past. I had to grab my camera ask them to pose for a shot or two! For once I was in a photo because they invited us to sit on their bikes for a photo.
Phil – I hope you like the photos, I’ll send you on a couple of other shots too!