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The Ferris Wheel through the Crystall Ball

A close up of a glass ball through which a ferris wheel is seen, upside down.

As seen in a previous photo of the Ferris Wheel on the Grand Parade in Cork, the crystall ball that Henry brought along was a very useful prop.

Here we are at the top of the car park looking down on the big wheel. It surrounds the crystal ball, but the wheel itself can be seen upside down in the ball.

Now I’m remembering how cold it was that evening and how I wished I’d brought my gloves. Must get fingerless gloves so I can use the camera.


Apertureƒ/25
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length134mm
ISO50
Shutter speed20s

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Diego says Merry Christmas!

A chihuahua dressed in a Santa outfit on a stairs.

An old photo of Diego from a few years back when he was dressed up as Santa. He’s used to wearing coats and I think he looks adorable in this one!


Apertureƒ/1.8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length50mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/50s

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Seeing Double

The lights of a Ferris Wheel appear doubled as the camera moved during exposure. Lots of other lights move too.

Two for the price of one! The Ferris Wheel on Grand Parade has grown a twin!

Thanks, Henry, for the inspiration. Here is his double photo.


Apertureƒ/18
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length72mm
ISO100
Shutter speed8s

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Lights along the Lee

Light reflected in the water of a river at night in a city. Bright Christmas decorations line the bank further down, while the top half of a Ferris Wheel is lit up and seen above local buidlings.
A car park stands next to the river.

Lights along the River Lee a couple of weeks ago when I joined Henry and Vivien for some photography. Henry got a fabulous shot of the wheel.

I’ll be posting some more shots of this over the next few days.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length30mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1s

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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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Oscar in the snow

A shitzu dog walking the snow next to a wall with parked cars in the background.

Twelve years ago today, it had snowed heavily in Blarney. I took Oscar out for a walk that morning and brought my camera along because of the snow!

I don’t think he really minded the cold, but he was always happy to get home, snow or not!


Apertureƒ/10
CameraCanon EOS 40D
Focal length10mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/125s

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The Ferris Wheel after Sunset

The top half of the Ferris Wheel on Grand Parade with St. Fin Barr's Cathedral in the background and the sky is a lovely orange and purple

The Ferris Wheel on Grand Parade in Cork pictured just after sunset, in December 2016. This year the wheel is further up the street so you can’t get this photo now.

I haven’t been in town at sunset this month either but hopefully someone got a nice sunset photo of the wheel this year.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length76mm
ISO160
Shutter speed1/80s

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My comfortable Pets

A cat on a bed looking at the camera

First up is Hoppy. She’s around 13 and only has three legs but she’s a fast mover. In the past she didn’t mind the cold but now she likes to avoid it.

A cat on a bed looking at the camera

Here’s Mommy Cat. She’s Hoppy’s mom.

She’s around 16 as best we can guess, as she was around for a few years before she brought her kittens in to us.

For years, she would never come into the house, but now she spends 99% of the day inside, asleep. She doesn’t go any further than the garden now.

We can’t touch her as she’ll take a swipe at us if we do, but we still love her.

A chihuahua in a bed looking at the camera

Then there’s Diego, our chihuahua. He was 8 this year. A middle aged dog with a special diet and who absolutely loves cuddles.

The cats and him sort of ignore each other, but if the cats get a treat, Diego makes sure that we know he wants one too.

It’s so very cold outside but Hoppy, Mommy Cat and Diego are inside in the warmth and putting up with me taking photos of them.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO20000
Shutter speed1/60s

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Frosty Spider Webs

Spider webs covered with frost on a very cold morning

Spider webs covered in a thick frost this morning in my back garden. It is cold outside!


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO800
Shutter speed1/35s

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Nollaig Shona ó Chorcaigh

A bus and cars speed along the road as a sign above says "Nollaig Shona Duit".
Cars speed along the road as a sign above says "Nollaig Shona Duit".

The “Nollaig Shona Duit” signs at both ends of St. Patrick’s Street in Cork are all lit up again this year.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/1.3s

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Walking in Youghal

A man walks on the road while two women walk on the pavement in the opposite direction. A wall and lamp post behind them, and the sea is visible over the wall.

Walking by the sea front in Youghal on a freezing Sunday afternoon.


Apertureƒ/4.5
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/500s

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The Ferris Wheel and the Crystal Ball

A ferris wheel spins while traffic drives past and the whole scene is reflected in a small crystal ball

The Ferris wheel on Grand Parade in Cork on a freezing December evening. The whole scene is twisted upside down in a small crystal ball.

Thanks Henry for all the help, and the crystal ball!


Apertureƒ/18
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length38mm
ISO100
Shutter speed3.2s