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Reaching for the sky

Reaching for the sky

The enormous (for Lanzarote) Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa sits in the harbour of Arrecife and dominates the skyline. It’s the tallest building on the island and not without controversy. Some time after it’s construction a law came into force forbidding the construction of such tall buildings on the island.

This page says it was built almost overnight in 1988, but Wikipedia and other sources mention 1970 or 1971. It suffered a huge fire in 1994 but was then reopened as 5 star hotel in 2004. I think I need to go up to the rooftop bar next time for the views ..

This is a long exposure shot. I didn’t have my tripod with me so I had to rest the camera on a wall, with my wallet and a lens cap under the lens to tilt the camera up. Making things more precarious was the very strong gusts of wind that blew through the area that would almost knock you over that day. Certainly if you were huddling over the camera, trying to keep it steady for the 10 seconds or so of this image.


Apertureƒ/16
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO50
Shutter speed25s

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The Road to Femés

The Road to Femés

Every time I go to Lanzarote I like to photograph the road coming from Playa Blanca to Femés. It leads to a very steep hill that some cars have problems with. Our hired car included, as it was very underpowered!

If you look carefully you’ll see the ghostly image of a car near the pole in the foreground of this image. They stopped for a good few seconds before successfully getting to the top of the hill.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO400
Shutter speed30s

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Fireworks Over Cobh

Fireworks lit the sky over Cobh last night as part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. I’m glad Henry heard about the event as I had no idea it was on!


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length65mm
ISO200
Shutter speed2s

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The hurler and the buses

The hurler and the buses

The stunning mural of a hurler on the wall of a house on Anglesea Street and South Terrace stands watching passing traffic on a cold January evening. The mural by Dublin artist ACHES is amazing to look at during the day but I liked how the hurler is just visible between these passing buses.

You can read more about the mural in this Examiner interview with ACHES.

Q: People love to know the facts and figures of a job like this. Can you hit us with some numbers?

A: The dimensions of the wall were approximately 14.5 metres wide by 19 metres high.

I used roughly 205 cans of spray paint. The piece took 10 days to paint and I had to take two days off during this as the winds were too high to be on the lift as any winds over 45km/h are deemed unsafe to work in an elevated boom lift.

Q: What has the feedback been like?

A. The feedback has been great so far. As I was painting the mural I had numerous chats with passers by who were super friendly, often offering to buy me a coffee or some lunch and even in one instance a bottle of whiskey. I was also looked after well by the local businesses, Twenty Sandwich Bar and Cupcake Cottage who kept me fed and watered for the duration of my stay. After finishing the mural the feedback online has been great too, with multiple online resources sharing the image, which is great. It has also been photographed by a lot of people so far who have uploaded their own images of the wall online. Hopefully when the 5k limit lifts even more people can enjoy the piece.


Apertureƒ/2.2
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length2.2mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/2s

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The Spinning Ferris Wheel

The Spinning Ferris Wheel

The Ferris wheel on the Grand Parade spinning away delighting the crowds earlier this month.

Looking forward to 2022. It has to be better than 2021, and 2020.


Apertureƒ/3.5
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length25mm
ISO50
Shutter speed2.5s

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December Fireworks

December Fireworks

Fireworks illuminate the park beside Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Blackrock tonight. The fireworks were part of the “Magic Nights By The Lee – A Winter Solstice” series of events but unfortunately due to Covid 19 they didn’t tell anyone where the fireworks would be launched from as reported by The Echo earlier today,

For public health reasons, viewing sites will not be provided at launch locations. However, the wider public is invited to enjoy the display from a safe, socially distanced vantage point and can tune in to Red FM for the accompanying audio.

Local residents were informed and a small crowd gathered to watch. It was a superb show, with a huge variety of colours and explosions. Made for a hectic ten minutes while I pressed the shutter button again and again hoping for good shots!


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO160
Shutter speed5s

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Light Trails in the Conor Pass

Light Trails in the Conor Pass
Light Trails in the Conor Pass
Light Trails in the Conor Pass
Light Trails in the Conor Pass

Light trails of passing cars along the Conor Pass on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry.


Apertureƒ/13
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length26mm
ISO100
Shutter speed20s

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Light Trails in the Car Park

Light Trails in the Car Park

The lights of cars in the car park of Blackpool Shopping Centre blur into ghostly lines.

This photo is built from 4 separate images taken at the exact same spot, merged into one in Photoshop.

I thought I had posted a similar photo to this one but I cannot find it. It’s lost to the mists of time. Annoying..


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO50
Shutter speed13s

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Boats of the Rich

Boats of the Rich

Boats in a marina in the Grand Harbour of Valetta, Malta.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length32mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/2s

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Lights on the Lee

Lights on the Lee

Lights shine on the River Lee from the new office buildings along the quays. One lone light from a boat on the river makes itself known, not to be outdone by it’s land based cousins.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length28mm
ISO100
Shutter speed2s

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The Bright Lights of Porto

The Bright Lights of Porto

Exactly 2 years ago in 2019 I was in Porto, Portugal with my team on a company meetup. It’s a beautiful city and I would love to get back there some day! That’s the Torre dos Clérigos in the background.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length27mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/2.5s

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The Groynes of Youghal

The Groynes of Youghal

The groynes on Youghal Beach reach out of a misty sea in this long exposure shot under overcast skies today. Capel Island can be seen in the background.

It’s November but it’s so mild. Lovely day for a walk on the beach!


Apertureƒ/10
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length90mm
ISO100
Shutter speed15s