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Birds Black and White Cork People Photos River Urban

A flock of birds on the Lee

I love the old style nature of this shot. The fog that day made the far distance disappear and the middle distance was shrouded in white!

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Black and White Candid Cork Ireland People Photos Street Urban

Girls on the town

Pictured on Winthrop Street a few days ago.

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Candid Cork English Market Ireland Market People Photos Urban

English Market Seller

There’s a wonderful looking olive and spice stall in the English Market!
Unfortunately it is always mobbed with customers making it difficult to capture a photo of it but I raised my camera into the air and shot this blind.
The original is quite grainy as I used a high ISO of 3200 to compensate for the bad light.
Workflow:

  • Increased the saturation slightly.
  • Unsharp mask with a radius of 5 to bring out the grain more.
  • Duplicate layer and used the Threshold tool to isolate bright parts.
  • Blur the top layer with a radius of 25 pixels.
  • Set the top layer mode to “Soft Light”.
  • Saved a .xcf version, .jpg and a resized jpeg too. I didn’t unsharp mask the resized version.

Hope you find that useful!

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 3200
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Blarney Photos Trees

Fog Laden Trees

Trees in Blarney on a foggy day

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/50s
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Birds Canon 20D Cork Long Exposure Night Photos Sigma 18-200 The Lough

Swans in darkness

Swans pictured at The Lough last night.

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Architecture Black and White Candid Cork Ireland People Photos Street Urban

Run around and around!

Children running around a labyrinth on The Grand Parade.
Schools, churches, community groups and businesses around Cork were asked to design them as part of the closing ceremonies of Cork City of Culture 2005.

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Black and White Candid Christmas Cork Ireland Music People Photos Street Urban

Audience

Through a break in the crowd I spotted a little girl watching a band play on the street in front of Brown Thomas.

Nollaig Shona daoibh! (translation)

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Blarney Christmas Houses Lights Night Photos Urban

Santa’s on his way!

Tonight Santa visits as the Christian world celebrates the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago.

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Black and White Blackpool Canon 20D Christmas Cork Crosshaven Eglinton Street Ireland Music North Main Street People Photos Sigma 10-20 St Patrick's Bridge

Scapa Flo, Blackpool Shopping Center

Scapa Flo played for free in aid of the Belarussian Orphanage Project. Pictured here are 3 of the band members.

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Black and White Blackpool Candid Christmas Cork Ireland Market People Photos Urban

Christmas Goods For Sale

At Blackpool shopping center there was a charity event for the Belarussian Orphanage Project. A band played inside and just inside the main doors they were selling Christmas cards and small gifts. Not sure if I should have left this as a colour image but I think as a character study of the boy and woman it works much better in black and
white.

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Architecture Blarney Cork Ireland Photos Sky Urban

Off The Wall

Pictured at the Blarney Woollen Mills a week ago.

Links of the Day

Don’t go to bed reading a photographic book, you’ll get up again to “try out” the new techniques you read about.

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Black and White Blarney Flowers Photos Rain

A rose by any other colour

One of the Blarney Castle roses.
The original was very saturated and detail was lost in the bright red of the petals. Making a monochrome image made the detail stand out and drops became visible again.
A little dodge and burn to finish.