Posts Tagged: Cork

A Walk around Camden Fort Meagher

My son and I went to Camden Fort Meagher last Saturday. Unfortunately we arrived late, at 1615, just in time to get in but with the fort closing at 1700 we had to hurry to see as much of it as we could. We had been there before but the fort is under constant repair and development. Some buildings that had been closed off and falling apart had roofs replaced, walls repaired and painted, doors hung properly, windows fixed and more. There were reenactments last weekend too which I wanted to see but I thought we were probably too late to see them.

Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden

There’s a lovely, simple war memorial garden near the main parade. This is new since the last time I was there.

Tunnel to the Magazine

Tunnel to the Magazine

The tunnel to the magazine can be reached by going down a few steps near the on-site cafe. It’s impressively long and moody. While shooting this photo we heard actual shots and shouting outside! Turns out there was a reenactment, and it was taking place just outside the tunnel. Unfortunately the sounds reverberated down the tunnel, scaring my son, and causing our ears to ring!

Checking the Body

The Final Shot

Shots rang out, an officer fell, the captive followed him, wounded before being dispatched.

The Magazine

The magazine was where the ammunition for the fort was stored. Behind me was a service tunnel of some sort. I could imagine the rows upon rows of shelves holding boxes of ordinance and arms.

Starlight in the Tunnel

Spiral to the Outside

Once out of the magazine you proceed around a corner to a spiral staircase. It’s well lit and a favourite of photographers! When I first visited the staircase had just been opened and one of the volunteers at the fort described how it had been dark and damp, and strewn with rubbish when they excavated it.

Lowering the Flag

The Irish National Flag is lowered at the end of the day. Last Saturday, Thomas Francis Meagher, named after a famous man of the same name lowered the flag with his brother Cillian.

The view over the harbour

The fort commands a great view of Cork Harbour. Guns used to protect the passage way in there, but nowadays you’re more likely to find someone enjoying a cup of tea and some refreshments.

The Bright Tunnel

The Bright Tunnel descends 160 feet down the slope. There are 198 steps if memory serves. We didn’t have time to go down but there are the ruins of gun emplacements down below too and a nice walk around and up again.

As well as the fort website, you can find out much more about it on it’s Wikipedia page. I’ve previously posted photos of Camden Fort Meagher too. The fort is well worth a visit!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/160s

Observation

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 2500
Shutter speed 1/250s

H.A.R.T. Fundraiser at Maxi Zoo

H.A.R.T. is an animal rescue organisation operating in the north Cork area who do great work rehoming all sorts of animals. They held a fund raising event in the Maxi Zoo in Douglas Shopping Centre yesterday and we went along to show our support. Here are a few photos!

H.A.R.T.

H.A.R.T.

H.A.R.T.

H.A.R.T.

H.A.R.T.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 82mm
ISO 2000
Shutter speed 1/125s

Sheep’s Head Tractor

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 23mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/160s

Fennell’s Bay Seascape

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 27mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 4s

Myrtleville Seascape

Got my new tripod today! It’s a generic Q666 tripod I bought on ebay. Here’s an Amazon link to it. I’ve only unpacked it, and played around with it briefly but I’m very happy with it.

It does have an odd oil smell to it but I presume that will disappear with time, or I’ll try wiping it down.

Aperture ƒ/16
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 26mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 30s

Jumping Off the Shakey Bridge

Jumping off the Shakey Bridge

Jumping off the Shakey Bridge

Jumping off the Shakey Bridge

Jumping off the Shakey Bridge

Jumping off the Shakey Bridge

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 80mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 1/80s

Meteor Streak

Last night my son and I hopped in the car and travelled upstream of the Inniscarra dam on the River Lee around here where I hoped it would be fairly dark to shoot the Perseids meteor shower.

The sunset was lovely and I’ll be posting photos of that over the next few days but I was disappointed at the light pollution from Cork City on the clouds above. It was only by almost 2230 that the clouds moved away and more of the sky became visible.

I saw one meteor streak through the upper atmosphere to the north-north-east, while my son saw one almost overhead. Disappointing but we were getting tired so near 2300 I took a few photos of the sky. The very last photo I took was to the west and I liked how it looked but when I saw it on my laptop this morning I noticed the streak of a meteor at the top of the frame!

The photo was a 30 second exposure, f/4 at 2000 ISO.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 2000
Shutter speed 30s

My son saw his first meteor!

Watching the skies near Inniscarra dam on the River Lee.

Aperture ƒ/2.2
Camera SM-G900F
Focal length 4.8mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 1/30s