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Spike Island Fireworks

Spike Island Fireworks

A few photos from the fireworks display on Spike Island in Cork Harbour last night. 1300 fireworks were launched in just under 10 minutes!

Spike Island Fireworks
Spike Island Fireworks
Spike Island Fireworks
Spike Island Fireworks

Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length124mm
ISO200
Shutter speed4s

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Summer Rain in Cobh

Summer Rain in Cobh

The rain pours down on Cobh on a dreary Sunday afternoon recently.


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/800s

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The Jewel of the Seas in Cobh

The Jewel of the Seas in Cobh

The Jewel of the Seas, a gigantic cruise liner operated by Royal Caribbean left Cobh in Co Cork yesterday. The Cobh Confraternity Band played music while she undocked and set off.

Looking up at this enormous ship makes you feel like insignificant. The decks extend up into the sky and she left the harbour quickly and smoothly.


CameraSM-G998B
Focal length2.2mm

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Fireworks Over Cobh

Fireworks lit the sky over Cobh last night as part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. I’m glad Henry heard about the event as I had no idea it was on!


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length65mm
ISO200
Shutter speed2s

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The boats of Cobh

The boats of Cobh

Just some of the boats you’ll see in Cobh, Co Cork. January 2020.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length21mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/250s

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Cobh From Afar

Cobh From Afar

Small sailboats in Cork Harbour in front of Cobh.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO160
Shutter speed1/250s

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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Cobh on the water

Cobh on the water

The beautiful town of Cobh, January 2020 when news of a virus in China seemed so far away.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Fireworks At Cobh People’s Regatta 2019

The People’s Regatta in Cobh ended with a spectacular fireworks display last night! I got there early and set up just below Cobh Cathedral. I could see that Kennedy Park was packed, the pier was too but there were only a few around the Cathedral. About five minutes before the fireworks were due to start the street quickly filled with onlookers!


Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 70mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 6s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Spike Island Fireworks

Spike Island in Cork Harbour celebrated it’s 81st birthday yesterday with a fireworks display. 1300 fireworks were set off, one for each of the inmates who died on the island during it’s time as a prison over the centuries. I didn’t have a ticket for the event but it was visible from many parts of the Harbour, including Cobh where I gathered with members of Blarney Photography Club.

The evening was warm, and although the fireworks display was far away from Cobh it was enjoyed by everyone around.

It had been a while since I’d photographed fireworks so the tips in this video came in handy:

  1. Use a tripod.
  2. Use a cable release.
  3. Use a wide angle lens (not this time, probably)
  4. Focus just shy of infinity.
  5. Use manual mode.
  6. Shoot at f/8 to f/10.
  7. Use a slow shutter speed. (3-6 seconds). Use bulb mode and a shutter release to capture the light before it trails off.
  8. Shoot at ISO 100.

It turns out that shooting at f/8 or f/10 wasn’t the right aperture after all. It wasn’t letting in enough light in the time I wanted. The fireworks were so far away and the surrounding water and countryside so dark that images were very dark.
Before the event we tested settings trying to get an exposure of -2EV so the surrounding countryside was dark but it rapidly grew darker while the fireworks flew into the air so you had to keep an eye on the exposure every few shots!
My first shots of the night were much too dark. I was shooting in manual mode with a shutter release and I was only shooting short one to five second exposures. It wasn’t until I went over 7 seconds and up to 15 seconds that I got usable images.

In an urban environment and if the fireworks are closer you definitely should start at f/8, but you have to adjust your settings to your situation.

The first (out of focus) shot here is a 7 second exposure, f/7.1 at ISO 100, and that was good enough for a few minutes.

fireworks

Only four minutes later I needed more light so I opened the aperture to f/5.6.

fireworks

A few minutes later again I increased the ISO to 200 which has the effect of making the camera sensor more sensitive to light. That wasn’t enough and I increased the ISO to 400, with various exposure times for the last few images.

fireworks

Shooting RAW and working in Lightroom or other RAW processor means you can push the photo more so exposure settings don’t have to be spot on every time. In Lightroom I found it useful to increase temperature of the photo to make it warm to counteract the blue hour light after the sun set. I increased the highlights a bit, took down whites and increased vibrance a small amount. Apart from cropping there wasn’t much else done to the images.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 127mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 8s
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Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Hanging around in Cobh

Cobh, Co Cork. September 2015.

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

Cobh Peoples Regatta Fireworks

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 40mm
ISO 12800
Shutter speed 1/60s
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Black and White Cork Ireland Photography Photos

The View From Cobh

Cobh, Cork. July 2014.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/1000s