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Robin on the Ground

A little Robin standing on wet autumn leaves on the ground

A few weeks ago, I visited Blarney Castle to take some photos of the Autumn colours. Unfortunately the light was dull, and the ground was wet, but I had my tripod with me, so I set it up for some long exposure shots.

After a few minutes of that, I noticed a flicker out of the corner of my eye. I spotted a robin almost right in front of me! He was literally standing on the large log next to the mushrooms I was photographing. And of course, my camera settings were completely wrong to photograph him. In the 10 seconds it took me to swivel the camera around, fiddle with the settings and look up again, he was flying off to a nearby tree. This time I got a couple of shots of him, and then his friend approached and landed on the ground right by my feet! This time I was ready!

Why do settings change so much? In low light, you have to amplify the light hitting the camera sensor. Sort of like turning up the volume. You know how if you turn the volume up really high you’ll get distortion and crackling (and a headache and sore ears), the same thing happens with cameras. The best quality photo comes when the volume (called ISO for cameras) is turned down to a “normal value” but then it takes longer for the camera to “hear” an image. Damn, I’m straining an analogy here. For most cameras, that’s 100. This photo was taken at ISO 12800 and the only reason you don’t see lots of crackling (noise) is because of the magic of software called Topaz Photo AI. A previous ISO 100 image took a whole 1 second to make a photo. This robin photo was 1/160 of a second. He wasn’t going to hang around long!


Apertureƒ/11
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO65535
Shutter speed1/160s

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The Colours of Autumn

The Colours of Autumn

The golden colours of Autumn are a firm favourite of every photographer. Here’s a reminder of what they look like as trees in the northern hemisphere are now showing green shoots and daffodils are flowering.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraDSC-RX100M4
Focal length8.8mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/100s

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Cork Ireland Photos

A touch of Autumn

A touch of Autumn

I’ve no doubt this tree in Blarney Castle Gardens is now in full bloom but back in November 2020 the leaves were turning orange as the days got colder.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/25s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Blarney Castle in the Autumn

Blarney Castle in the Autumn

Blarney Castle, and Autumn colours in October 2020.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 19mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos Urban

The Autumn Coat

Fitzgerald Park, November 2013.

Aperture ƒ/4.5
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/40s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Autumn in Blarney Castle

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Black and White Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Autumn in Blarney Castle

Aperture ƒ/2.2
Camera SM-G900F
Focal length 4.8mm
ISO 40
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Autumn in Blarney Castle

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 40mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/60s
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Black and White Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Autumn in Blarney Castle

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 40mm
ISO 160
Shutter speed 1/80s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Autumn in Blarney Castle

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 40mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Golden Leaves on the Ground

Golden Leaves

Leaves fallen on the ground near Blarney Castle, Cork.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Blarney Cork Ireland Photography Photos Sky Sun Trees

Tree in shadow

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A tree in the grounds of Blarney Castle.

Yesterday morning there was a glorious sunrise, this morning it was horrible. Fingers crossed for tomorrow!

Camera SM-G900F