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The old house by the Castle

The old house by the Castle

If you’ve been to Blarney recently you won’t have seen this house. It was cleared several years ago and is now an open stretch of grass, and new wooden buildings used by the staff of Blarney Castle.

February 2015.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length105mm
ISO1000
Shutter speed1/125s

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The Blarney Fun Run 2022

Most of the kids and some of the adults who took part in the Blarney Fun Run today. Blistering heat didn’t stop this group enjoying themselves and I saw lots of happy smiles as kids crossed the finish line.

Surrounded by everyone else is Michael, the Little Blue Hero. He was guest of honour and raised the flag at the start the race. 🙂


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length30mm
ISO320
Shutter speed1/500s

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A tree at sunset

A tree at sunset

Walking through the grounds of Blarney Castle late one November evening when the sun is setting. The shadows grow long and black fills the spaces between orange light.


Apertureƒ/9
CameraDSC-RX100M4
Focal length8.8mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/60s

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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 Surreal Sunset

A Surreal Sunset

In September 2015 the evening sky took on this lovely orange hue just as the sun set behind clouds on the horizon.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length105mm
ISO1000
Shutter speed1/100s

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STOP in Motion

STOP in Motion

Just a little fun with a snapshot of a STOP sign near Blarney.


Apertureƒ/1.8
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length6.7mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/900s

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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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Blackbird in the bushes

Blackbird in the bushes

A very busy blackbird stopped still for 5 seconds so I could catch a photo of it. He was digging around, throwing up leaves and hunting around between branches. Building material for a nest perhaps?


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length600mm
ISO2000
Shutter speed1/500s

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Robin Calling

Robin Calling

A robin calling out in the grounds of Blarney Castle today.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length600mm
ISO320
Shutter speed1/500s

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Morning Light on Blarney Castle

Morning Light on Blarney Castle

This morning is a beautiful start to the week. Fog in the distance and the fiery orange ball of the sun shining through clear skies. Blarney Castle was lit up in a lovely orange glow and I had to spend a few minutes away from the busy bustle of life to get this photo.


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO64
Shutter speed1/50s

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Blarney Castle in September

Blarney Castle in September

Blarney Castle in pseudo infra red as I don’t have an infra red capable camera but I like the effect. September 2021.


Apertureƒ/1.8
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length6.7mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/290s

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Mommy Cat Looks Up

Mommy Cat Looks Up

Mommy Cat, as she was 7 years ago looking up at me looking out of the window of my home office. She’s totally wild, will not let us touch her at all, and until this year would barely come into the house.

That all changed this year. She’s sleeping in the kitchen now, but as I explained in this post, all is not rosy.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length105mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/160s