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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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Staff on Break

A woman leaning against a shop window stares at the camera. She has a mobile phone in her hand and a lanyard around her neck says, "Vero Moda staff"

A member of staff in Vero Moda outside the shop, taking a break.


Apertureƒ/3.5
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length50mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/500s

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Tivoli Docks at Night

A night shot of the docklands at Tivoli on the RIver Lee where cranes lift containers on ships for transport in and out of the country.

Tivoli Docks on the River Lee as seen from The Marina in Blackrock in January 2020.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO400
Shutter speed8s

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My 2020 Spy

A double decker bus with a couple of masked passengers on it and an advert for the movie, My Spy, which was due to be in cinemas on March 13th.

Far back in time, to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, a film called My Spy was due to appear in cinemas on March 13th, 2020.

Unfortunately, the country went into lockdown on March 27th. This photo was taken in May that year. Adverts hadn’t been changed in most places. Hoardings still had the same slogan for months, buses were the same. The banners on the Cork Opera House looked the worse for wear. A surreal time.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/250s

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A Cork Fan and his Lolly

A man wearing a Cork jersey sits on a stone block by Daunt Square in Cork while he eats an ice lol.

Even Cork fans have to take a break and this man was enjoying his ice cream on Daunt Square, on Patrick Street, Cork back in 2006.


Apertureƒ/10
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length10mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/200s

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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 Northside Water Tower

Water tower on Cork City's north side visible on the skyline

The “futuristic” water tower that sits on Kilmore Road Lower in Knocknaheeny is seen from Bell’s Field in this photo taken in July this year.

It was completed in 1972 and Councillor Gerald Yael Goldberg (1912-2003) described the water tower as ‘futuristic’ but predicted that it would ‘fit into the landscape’. I’m not so sure. It’s in such a prominent spot it can be seen as far away as Blarney.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length600mm
ISO1000
Shutter speed1/1000s

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From North Side to County

The north side of Cork City, with Shandon Bells in the foreground, the County Hall in the background and many homes.

A sight well known to anyone who lives in Cork City. The Spire of St. Anne’s Church, or Shandon Bells stands like a beacon. The Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne is just off shot to the right, out of this shot.

The County Hall can be seen far off in the distance out on the Carrigrohane Road. That building was once the tallest building in Ireland.

Look back further and you’ll see fields on the hills surrounding the city.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length150mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/160s

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Diego, king of the castle

A chihuahua named Diego in a small bed, on a couch, with colourful cushions behind him and a blue fluffy toy he loves at his feet.

Who rules this house? The animals do! Diego, our tiny chihuahua, sits in a bed sometimes claimed by one of our cats, Hoppy. She was very unhappy that Diego was in there. He’s the king of all he sees.

Isn’t he handsome in his new jacket? It’s lovely and warm and made with love by Jo!


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/35s

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Herre’s the plane

a Liebherr branded construction crane with an airplane flying far above it

From the Lee Fields, in August this year. A construction crane working on the student accommodation with an aeroplane that took off from Cork Airport high above it and rising fast, off somewhere, hopefully warm.

TIL I’ve been spelling aeroplane wrong for years.


Apertureƒ/5
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length67mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/400s

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On Stage in Coughlan’s Bar

On Stage in Coughlan's Bar

677. On Friday night I was out in a pub watching live music. An unfortunately rare occurrence.

Fintan Lucy and Lynda Cullen sang together, accompanied by Martin Leahy and later by Dee Power. It was a wonderful night in front of a packed crowd in a small room.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO1000
Shutter speed1/30s

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Blarney Castle Through the Rock

Blarney Castle Through the Rock

Blarney Castle, as seen through the rock they set up in the grounds below the Castle. Not a great shot, but one to mark off the list.


Apertureƒ/16
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length32mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/200s