River Nore, Kilkenny
Black and White, Canon 40D, Ireland, Kilkenny, Photography, Photos, River, Sigma 10-20, Urban, Water

River Nore, Kilkenny

River Nore, Kilkenny

The River Nore runs through the city of Kilkenny where we spent a weekend earlier this month at WordCamp Ireland. In the photo you can see the Rivercourt Hotel where I stayed with my family on the opposite bank the famous Kilkenny Castle.

Beautiful city, well worth a visit.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/13s
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Architecture, Black and White, Canon 18-55, Canon 20D, Chicago, Photography, Photos, River, Street, United States, Urban, Vehicles, Water

The basement of Trump Tower

In 2001 Donald Trump announced he’d build the tallest building in the world in Chicago, “Trump International Hotel and Tower”. After the attacks on the WTC in September that year the plans were changed however, but it’s still an awfully high building. Check out the Wikipedia page for further details.

This is the building site of the “Trump Tower” as it’s known locally. I shot this in 2005, and they’ve made quite a bit of progress since then as you can imagine, but this is a piece of history, and a patch of bare ground that won’t see daylight again for many many years.

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Architecture, Boat, Canon 18-55, Canon 20D, Chicago, Landscape, Photography, Photos, River, United States, Urban, Vehicles, Water

Chicago on the river

Chicago on the river

Many cites live and depend on rivers and none more so than Chicago which went as far as to reverse the flow of the Chicago River! Wikipedia has more of course.

The observant visitor will notice the twin towers of Marina City in the photo above, and possibly recognise the distinctive bridge from the latest Batman movies.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s
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Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Photography, Photos, River, River Lee, Sky, Urban, Water

A touch of colour

A touch of colour

A slightly different version of yesteryday’s black and white shot of the River Lee. Which one do you prefer?

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Black and White, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Houses, Ireland, Landscape, Photography, Photos, River, River Lee, Urban, Water

The river in black and white

The river in black and white

The River Lee in Cork shot from the Nano Nagle Bridge (erected in 1985 to commemorate Cork’s 800th birthday). Far off in the distance is Holy Trinity Church as well as Parliament Bridge. That ugly building on the right is where the IDA have their offices. What an eye sore.

Another version of this shot tomorrow. I couldn’t decide which one I liked best so I decided to post both!

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Co. Cork, Cork, Ireland, Landscape, Nature, River, Water

Glengarriff River

Glengarriff Stream

This is a picturesque stream that runs through Glengarriff Nature Reserve in Co. Cork. We went for a short walk close by but by the time we got here it was getting late in the afternoon and Adam was getting hungry!

Aperture ƒ/4.5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/50s
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Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Landscape, Lights, Long Exposure, Monkstown, Night, Photos, Reflections, River, Sea, Sigma 10-20, Sky, Sun, Water

That after sun glow

The sun had just set over this stretch of the water in Cork Harbour near Monkstown and the sky had turned a beautiful orange and purple and red and golden.

Much to the annoyance of my dog Oscar, I stopped and spent a good 10 minutes shooting this scene and basked in the beautiful colour.

Aperture ƒ/22
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 10s
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Architecture, Black and White, Canon 20D, Cork, Grand Parade, Houses, Ireland, River, River Lee, Sigma 10-20, Sky, Urban, Water

Grand Parade on the Lee

This is the Grand Parade in Cork, from across the River Lee on Sullivan’s Quay. It was the graffiti on the river wall, “Tek”, that prompted me to shoot this image and I like how it came out.

It does lose something in this resized version because of the distant detail but it’s going to be a while before everyone has 20″ monitors and even longer before I put full size images on display for public consumption.

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 20mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/160s
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Automattic, Black and White, California, Candid, Canon 20D, Golden Gate Bridge, Landscape, People, Photos, River, San Francisco, Sigma 10-20, Signs, Sky, United States, Vehicles

45 on the Golden Gate

The posted speed limit for the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is 45mph but good luck to anyone who managed to reach that speed! Traffic crawled the day we were there and I suspect that’s the norm.

Shot from the car as we drove along. Thanks Andy for driving that day!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 20mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Canon 20D, Cork, Doneraile, Ireland, Photos, River, Sigma 10-20, Trees, Water

Doneraile Park Stream

Water flows through Doneraile Park on a cold November afternoon. Despite the late season, leaves still cling to the branches of nearby trees although they’ve turned golden-orange and make a beautiful covering on the ground.

I was quite surprised that the Wikipedia page for Doneraile didn’t mention Elizabeth Aldworth, one of only three female members of a regular Masonic Lodge. Doneraile has quite a claim to fame!

I’ll have to get a good shot of Doneraile Court next time I’m down there. The sun was setting behind the building on my last visit so an early trip is necessary. The house is also surrounded by fencing making access impossible but hopefully those repair works will be completed soon!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/6s
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Canon 20D, Cobh, Cork, Ireland, Landscape, Lights, Night, Photos, River, Sigma 18-200, Sky, Water

The Moonlit Shipyards

The shipyards in Rushbrooke, just outside Cobh are still active although much quieter now than during their heyday. The cranes make for great photography against the moonlit sky.

This was shot from across the River Lee in Passage last November.

FRLinux asked about settings so here they are, including post-processing:

Flickr’s exif data for this is a bit wrong – gthumb says the exposure was for 5 seconds, aperture was wide open at f4.5, and lens set at 28mm, which you can probably multiply by 1.6 for the crop factor. ISO was 100.

Post Processing was done in the GIMP using 3 layers:
1. Top layer is transparent with a black gradient at the bottom. Layer mode is Overlay.
2. Middle layer is black and white, and blurred and with added noise. It’s set to screen mode, and opacity of 51%.
3. Bottom layer is the colour image, slightly saturated and darker.

Hope that helps!

Aperture ƒ/4.5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 5s
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