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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.


CameraILCE-7M3

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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

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Morning on the Lake

Morning on the Lake

A lovely morning looking out at the Lakes of Killarney.

October 2021.


Apertureƒ/11
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/160s

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The Flowers of Waterloo

Beautiful flowers around the church and round tower at Waterloo, Cork. A credit to the Waterloo Renewal Group.

The Flowers of Waterloo
The Flowers of Waterloo
The Flowers of Waterloo
The Flowers of Waterloo

Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length112mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/250s

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The Clougheenmillcon Deer

The Clougheenmillcon Deer

I was out with members of Blarney Photography Club last night at Clougheenmillcon near Blarney. Deer have been spotted in the area but I’d only glimpsed one while driving past some months ago.

A runner approached me with a big smile asking if I’d seen the deer. It was about 300m further on down the path towards Killeens. I was tired already but decided I needed to see it with my own eyes.

Sure enough, it was calmly eating grass by the side of the path. I had my long telephoto lens but there was really no need for it as the animal was so close!

After a few minutes of eating, looking around warily and walking to find the best grass he suddenly galloped off and disappeared into the brush.


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length233.30000305176mm
ISO25600
Shutter speed1/1000s

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A Sheep with horns

A Sheep with horns

I don’t often see sheep with horns but this one in the Galtee Mountains was one of a number of similar sheep. I’m glad he was behind a fence …


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length58mm
ISO3200
Shutter speed1/250s

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Mushrooms on a Tree

Mushrooms on a Tree

Mushrooms growing in the wilds of the Galtee Mountains.


Apertureƒ/20
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length55mm
ISO100
Shutter speed6s