Canon 40D, Cork, Garrettstown, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos, Sigma 18-200, Uncategorized

Braving the water at Garrettstown

Braving the water at Garrettstown

The weather for the first 3 and a bit months of this year have been miserable. It’s been raining, and cold and windy and miserable. The sun has poked through the clouds for a few days at a time, or more usually in between rain showers it would brighten slightly before the clouds gathered for another onslaught.

So, even though there was a good possibility of rain and the forecast said there were 54km/h winds yesterday I decided we should go to the beach! Luckily it wasn’t freezing but the wind was almost enough to blow us off our feet and it whipped the sea up into a churning mess of white flecking waves and foam on the rocks. Sometimes I couldn’t even take a photo before the wind blew against my zoom lens so much it was hard to hold steady!

It didn’t stop others either. There were well over 20 cars down there, most people sitting in their vehicles watching and listening to the wind howl. Some braved the waves.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 162mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/1600s
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California, Canon 20D, People, Photography, Photos, San Francisco, Sigma 18-200, Street, Union Square, United States, Urban

Red Heart

Red Heart

A model walks down a catwalk in Union Square, San Francisco, July 27th 2007.

I was in the city with Automattic and we stayed in a nearby hotel so Union Square was a good spot to get photos. Can’t remember what occasion this fashion show was on for. I think it may have been some fashion school or something!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 162mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Black and White, Blarney, Canon 40D, Cork, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos, Sigma 18-200, Urban

Hank Wedel and band in the Castle Hotel, Blarney

Hand Wedel 6

Hank Wedel´╗┐ and band at the Castle Hotel in Blarney on Sunday night. The band played a blinder despite the fact there was next to no room for them. These photos weren’t me walking up to them and sticking a camera in their faces, I had to lean back!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/50s
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Automattic, Black and White, Canon 40D, People, Photography, Photos, Sigma 18-200, Urban

The Camel Riders

The Camel Riders

Here’s Lenny, Kevin and Eoin (l-r) of Polldaddy fame riding on camels in Marrakesh, Morocco a few weeks ago.

The ride was through wasteland adjoining a rich neighbourhood of Marrakesh where celebrities have their homes. When you hear that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in town they’re not staying in the Medina, that’s for sure!
The wasteland was surreal. Dusty rubble strewn ground dotted with palm trees and you may see a tractor pulling a water tank for the trees. The houses for the most part are surrounded by tall walls and are gated but from the back of a camel you can look over (and see more palm trees, I guess they like their privacy!)

The camels move at walking pace, and the 3km journey took almost an hour, about twice as long as I’d like it to be but our balloon journey that morning had to be cut short so maybe they were trying to make up for that. No injuries from biting but Chris’s camel did try to take a chunk out of Lenny’s camel a couple of times.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Black and White, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Photography, Photos, Sigma 10-20, Street, Urban

Mountain Rescue Dog

Mountain Rescue Dog

In January 2007 supporters of a mountain rescue group in Cork were collecting on Patrick’s Street. This is just one of the fabulous dogs they had with them at various locations!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Black and White, Canon 20D, Cork, Grand Parade, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos, Sigma 10-20, Street, Urban

The Construction of The Grand Parade Cork

Grand Parade Under Construction

Six years ago the Grand Parade in Cork was a major building site. I can’t remember how long construction lasted but it went on for quite some time as they tore up and changed the road layout, widened the pavements and generally made the street look a hundred times better than it was before!

I’ve also posted photos of the construction before, with some of these photos appearing in older posts:

Seven years. That’s a long time to be running a blog and still updating it. I’ve been running Holy Shmoly! even longer but this blog is full of the photographic memories of a city and life over that period.
Most of the time taking photographs is a trade off between being there and looking through a lens. If you’re a photographer you’ll know the feeling. You may have attended a significant event but all you’ll remember was the pain of shooting at high ISO in bad light. When I can dig up old photos for a post like this it makes me glad I took my camera that day into town and snapped a few photos!

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 20mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/160s
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Blarney, Canon 40D, Cork, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos, Sigma 18-200, St. Patrick's Day, Street, Urban

The St Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 in Blarney

St Patrick

Just a few photos from the short but colourful and noisy St Patrick’s Day Parade in Blarney this year. This parade proved more popular than other years as cars parked as far away as the park I live in. I don’t remember that ever happening before!

Well done to everyone who took part!

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 179mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Architecture, Black and White, Canon 40D, Iceland, Photography, Photos, Reykjavik, Sigma 18-200, Urban

Windswept in Reykjavik

Windswept

One of the many buildings in Reykjavik, Iceland that are battered by the harsh weather there. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the sky here but it was quite cold when I took the photo. I think it was at the end of a short photowalk around the city centre when our fingers were numb with cold.

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Black and White, Ireland, Photography, Photos, Urban

Kilkenny Castle and Bench

Kilkenny Castle and Bench

Kilkenny Castle as seen from the garden in front of the building on one of the many benches lining the paths through the grounds.

I don’t have enough photos of Kilkenny on my blog. Must some more of this beautiful city.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s
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Black and White, Canon 40D, London, People, Photography, Photos, Sigma 18-200, Street, United Kingdom, Urban

A woman and her phone

A woman and her phone

A young woman concentrates on her phone in a London Tube station while our train was momentarily stopped.

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 40mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/100s
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Black and White, Canon 40D, Photography, Photos, Sigma 18-200, Urban

Marrakesh Rooftop City

Marrakesh Rooftops

A view of some nearby rooftops and a stunning sunset over Marrakesh, Morocco. In black and white I know, but I have a few more shots of the same sky coming! This was shot from Riad O2 in the city where Polldaddy recently stayed.

In the Medina many (most?) of the houses are jam packed in next to each other. We had to take a winding alley way from the main road to the building, going left, right, left, right, left (and maybe 2 more turns?) to get there. Like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.

What’s Marrakesh like? The medina is the old fortified town which is where we were staying. You’ll be woken each morning by the Muslim call to prayers as there are loud speakers dotted around the city. Currently the first one starts around 5:30am so I hope you can get back to sleep afterwards! I wasn’t too fond of heading out in the city. It’s very busy, vehicles of all sorts zoom up and down the streets. Everything from motorbikes to carts pulled by donkeys will pass you by. There are no traffic lights in the medina either and footpaths disappear without warning, if they existed at all.

The food we ate there was excellent, both in the riad and outside. Well, except for the one night we decided to sample what was on offer in the plaza. What a mistake! For the same price you’ll get a top quality meal in a fancy restaurant elsewhere!

The hot air balloon guys were super friendly and I can recommend them, the locals taking care of us in the riad were too but out on the street was another matter. Talk to anyone and they’ll either lead you to a particular area of the souk or demand a tip for “showing” you the way.

If only we could get a bit of their sun here in Ireland right now. Go on clouds, let the sun through!

Oh yes, I may have to change the tagline on this blog. This photo was processed by Adobe Lightroom. It’s not Photoshop but it’s close. I used this preset on this photo but Lightroom is really impressing me. It’s ability to recover blown out detail is amazing, the noise reduction and sharpening tools are easy and effective. The one area it really falls down in is not being able to reassign keys. I fixed that by installing Paddy which let me assign hotkeys to my two main export presets.
I imported over 23k photos into a catalogue and it’s running nice and fast. The next thing to do is write a preset and assign a hotkey to import images from my CF card.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/30s
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Black and White, Canon 40D, London, Photography, Photos, Sigma 10-20, United Kingdom, Urban

The London Eye

London Eye

The London Eye as seen from below with my wide angle lens. It’s quite a sight to see but there are always long lines to ride it.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s
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