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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 Colours of Autumn

The Colours of Autumn

The golden colours of Autumn are a firm favourite of every photographer. Here’s a reminder of what they look like as trees in the northern hemisphere are now showing green shoots and daffodils are flowering.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraDSC-RX100M4
Focal length8.8mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/100s

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The colours of Autumn

The colours of Autumn

As we head into what is often described as a dreary month, especially after the festivities in December, here’s a reminder of the glorious Autumn colours last year. Spring won’t be long now!


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO40
Shutter speed1/150s

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Cherry Blossom on the ground

Cherry Blossom on the ground

Cherry Blossom on the ground. Cold wind blows on sunny days.

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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Frosty Morning

Blarney Castle, December 2016.

Aperture ƒ/1.7
Camera SM-G935F
Focal length 4.2mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/50s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Autumn in Blarney Castle

Aperture ƒ/1.7
Camera SM-G935F
Focal length 4.2mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/90s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Tree Leaves at Sunset

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 500
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Blarney Castle

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Blarney Castle

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/1600s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Autumn Leaves

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 97mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/100s
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Yellow Leaves

Yellow Leaves

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 75mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/60s
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Autumn Colours

Autumn Colours

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 47mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/80s