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Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length44mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/100s

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The crow wants your dinner

A crow standing on a table. A half-eaten dinner and dessert are what it wants.

So, picture this: you’re sitting at a table, about to dive into your delicious dinner and dessert when suddenly, a crow appears out of nowhere and lands right on the table in front of you. And what does it want? Well, the half-eaten remnants of your scrumptious meal, of course!

A crow has no shame. It’s not content to settle for its own measly bird seed or whatever else it scavenged from the rubbish. No, it wants your food, and it wants it now.

And let me tell you, this crow is not messing around. It’s standing there on the table, staring you down with its beady little eyes, daring you to try to stop it from taking what it wants. You can practically hear it cawing, “This is my dinner now, human!”

So, what do you do? Do you give in to the demands of this brazen bird and hand over your hard-earned meal? Or do you stand your ground and protect your dinner and dessert at all costs? The choice is yours, my friends, but just remember: when it comes to crows, they always get the last caw.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length178mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/125s

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Skeletal Trees by the Pond

Bare trees, almost like skeletons, frame a scene containing, yellowed grass. A small pond in the middle distance and a mountain in the background catches the rays of a low sun. The sky is heavy with clouds promising rain.

As I walked back from shooting the sunrise at the Lakes of Killarney with members of Blarney Photography Club, I caught sight of something that made me pause. Off to the side of the path, there was a small pond surrounded by a stark scene. The bare trees looked almost skeletal in the early morning light, framing the yellowed grass and adding to the eerie atmosphere. In the middle distance, the pond was a reminder to step carefully as the ground was marshy. Off in the distance, a mountain basked in the warm glow of the rising sun. But the sky was heavy with clouds, and it seemed like the rain was on its way.

It was a beautiful scene, and I couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe at the beauty of nature. Almost everywhere you look, there’s a photo to be made. The quiet stillness of the morning was only interrupted by the occasional chirping of birds and rustling of leaves. It was as if time stood still for just a moment, and I was lucky enough to witness it.

As a photographer, moments like these are a reminder of the power of capturing a single moment in time. The way the light falls just right, the way the colours blend and complement each other, and the way nature creates a canvas that is beyond our wildest imagination. I’m grateful for this moment and the opportunity to share it with others.


Apertureƒ/4.5
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/250s

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The Old Weir Bridge in Killarney

A bridge over a small river next to the Lakes of Killarney. Mostly bare trees to be seen on both sides of the river, and the sky is heavy with clouds.

The Old Weir Bridge is a picturesque bridge over a small river near the Lakes of Killarney in Ireland. The bridge is an old stone structure with arched openings, and it looks particularly beautiful against the natural backdrop of the river and trees.

The trees on both sides of the river are mostly bare, which creates an interesting contrast against the dark and heavy clouds in the sky. It’s a moody and atmospheric scene, and the bridge adds a touch of history and charm to the landscape.

It’s a popular spot for photographers and visitors who want to take in the beauty of the area. I highly recommend taking a stroll by the river and checking out the Old Weir Bridge.


Apertureƒ/13
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length65mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/20s

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Lines in the crops

Lines in the crops in a field next to Kilcrea Friary in the background.

A tractors trail leads off to the end of the field near Kilcrea Friary in Co Cork.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length17mm
ISO100

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River at Sunset

A river at sunset with dark trees on the other bank and vegetation on this side.

The River Lee on a very calm August evening, just after the sun has set.


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A stag in the rain

A stag in the rain in a field. Drops of rain fall around him as he stands alone.

A stag in the field opposite Muckross House in Killarney on a very wet October afternoon this year.

I was there with Blarney Photography Club and after a not so successful morning we retreated to the café in Muckross Garden Restaurant for lunch.

It was still raining afterwards, but some of us stopped outside to photograph this stag. In a lull in the rain I stupidly ran out with only a light jacket and took cover under a tree that was still heavy with leaves. Got a few shots and then the heavens opened. Got a bit soaked!

Totally worth it. Great day out with great people.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length600mm
ISO2000
Shutter speed1/1000s

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Ina at the Club

Ina at the Club

The beautiful Ina, a local model who has posed for Blarney Photography Club many times over the years. This photo is from 2018!


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length67mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/100s

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The Gang is Watching

That Gang is Watching

A gang of Kerry cattle observe me and a group of humans as we walk past their field.

Fun fact – they are “believed to be one of the oldest breeds in Europe” according to Wikipedia. ūüôā


Apertureƒ/5
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length150mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/500s

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Heron in the River Lee

Heron in the River Lee
A heron walks along the weir by the Lee Fields, waiting for fish.
Heron in the River Lee
A heron waiting for fish to swim past on the weir in the River Lee.

While on an outing with Blarney Photography Club to the Lee Fields, we were lucky enough to see a very patient heron attempt to catch his dinner.

The light was falling, and it cast a lovely warm glow on everything.

The heron did catch a fish eventually. I was 100m away down river and on hearing a shout looked up and caught a very blurry photo of the bird with the fish in it’s mouth.

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The Buildings of the Lee Fields

Old Cork Waterworks
The Old Cork Waterworks
County Hall
County Hall
Unfinished Student Accomodation
Unfinished Student Accommodation

From the very old buildings of the Cork Waterworks across the River Lee to County Hall built in the last fifty years to unfinished student accommodation on the old Coca-Cola bottling site.

Taken on a recent outing with Blarney Photography Club.


Apertureƒ/5
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length156.5mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/160s

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Fireworks At Cobh People’s Regatta 2022

Fireworks At Cobh People’s Regatta 2022

I barely made it to Cobh on Sunday night to photograph the fireworks display that started promptly at 10pm. On the way there, the cloudy sky was lit up by peals of thunder and flashes of lightning. Rain fell in light spatters on the car, and I’m told there was a downpour just before I arrived.

Fireworks At Cobh People’s Regatta 2022

Luckily the rain held off for the duration of the fireworks that night. I met Vivian and Michelle in front of the Cathedral where they had saved a space for me. I set up my tripod quickly and grappled with an umbrella while I secured my camera to the tripod and connected a remote release.

Before I could manually focus the camera, the bells of the Cathedral rang out and the first firework flew into the sky and burst with a bang.

Fireworks At Cobh People’s Regatta 2022

If you’re interested. I shot at around f/5.0, ISO 400 and timed the exposure manually with the shutter release when I saw fireworks fly into the air and explode. It worked most of the time, and to help focus I tapped the screen on the water in front of the fireworks, which adds a focus square there on my camera.


Apertureƒ/5
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length38mm
ISO400
Shutter speed2s