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At the Speed of Light

The Light trails of vehicles passing on the road.

Cars passing over the Michael Collins Bridge in Cork produce light trails in the fog.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length24mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1s

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The old Howth Harbour Lighthouse

Black and white image of Howth Harbour Lighthouse with a reflection in a puddle of water.

Following on from yesterday’s photo of the new lighthouse in Howth Harbour is this one of the original lighthouse. It sits at the mouth of the harbour and according to Wikipedia was built in the early 19th century.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length26mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/320s

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The new Howth Lighthouse

A thick pole with lights at the top. Blue skies and fluffy clouds behind it.

If you walk out to the end of the pier at Howth Harbour, you’ll find this tall, thin building. It’s the “new” lighthouse, and has operated there since May 19th, 1982.


Apertureƒ/7.1
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/400s

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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.


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Running from the shop

A man in a hoody running out of a shop with a speaker in one hand and a McDonald's cup in the other. Another man is talking to a smiling security guard behind him.
Man in a hoody running past me, looking over his shoulder as his friend comes out of the shop he just left.
Man shouting and coming out of a shop waving his hand holding his phone in the air and a Mc Donald's cup in the other.

Walking along Henry Street in Dublin a few weeks ago, and I saw these two lads coming out of a shop in a hurry. I wouldn’t even have posted these, except the second guy seems to be quite a character!


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO12800
Shutter speed1/320s

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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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A tiny red car

A small red car parked by a pavement with a "no parking" cone in front of it. It appears to be parked on a corner.

I spotted a tiny red car parked on a bend in Ardara, Co Donegal on a visit there in 2017. I forgot to take a photo of the logo on the bonnet, so if anyone knows what type of car it is, please let me know!

Lovely town too.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length28mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/100s

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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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Sparklers! 2 for €3!

A man selling sparklers on Halloween on Henry Street, Dublin. Two people in the background being polite and listening to him.

A man selling sparklers on Henry Street, Dublin on Halloween this year. He promised that 2 for €3 was better than in the shops where they are 1 for €2, and he was right as we were in a Eurogiant later on!

We didn’t buy any sparklers. He had plenty left over when we passed him again.


Apertureƒ/3.2
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO5000
Shutter speed1/500s