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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

On The Rocks

On The Rocks

On the rocks between Garretstown Beach and Garylucas Beach back in 2017.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 400
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Ireland Photography Photos

Assaranca Waterfall

Assaranca Waterfall

Assaranca Waterfall is 8km from the scenic town of Ardara on the way to Maghera Beach. August 2017.

Aperture ƒ/22
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1.3s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos Street

Light Trails on Anglesea Street

Light Trails on Anglesea Street

On the last outing to Cork City by Blarney Photography Club in 2019. I was lucky that two busses passed within seconds of each other and I had the shutter open to capture them!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 8s
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People Photography Photos Street Urban

St. Peter’s Square at Night

St. Peter’s Square at Night

Not many people about in the evening of a November day in 2017 in the Vatican.

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 32mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1.6s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Daly in Red

Daly in Red

Daly’s Bridge, or the Shaky Bridge, near Fitzgerald Park was rebuilt and now sports a dazzling red lighting system!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 6s
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Ireland Photography Photos Urban

The red cobbles

The red cobbles

The new Shaky Bridge (Shakey Bridge?), or Daly’s Bridge, is a huge improvement over the old. The lighting makes it stand out, and it still has the shakes like the old one!

I love the cobbles on the ground nearby but the ugly concrete support under the walkway up to it leaves something to be desired. 🙁

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 4s
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Photography Photos Urban

Puerto del Carmen by the Sea

Puerto del Carmen by the Sea

January 1st, 2020 in Lanzarote. It seems like a world away. Some knew what was ahead of us in this year but I certainly never suspected what the world would be going through now.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 110mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 5s
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Photography Photos Urban

Dom Luís Bridge

Dom Luís Bridge

Dom Luís Bridge

The Dom Luís Bridge in Porto, Portugal last November.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 23mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 3.2s
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Ireland Photography Photos

The Milky Way and Perseid Meteors

The Milky Way and Perseid Meteors

Urban light intrudes on a long exposure shot of the night sky, but it was worth it. Got three Perseid meteors and the Milky Way.

Milky Way

Milky Way

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 6400
Shutter speed 30s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Comet NEOWISE over Blarney

On Thursday night I went out with my son to photograph Comet NEOWISE. This is a comet that was only discovered a few months ago on March 27 by NASA’s NEOWISE telescope.

Comet NEOWISE
Comet NEOWISE, 15 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640.

Comet nuclei are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust that orbit the sun. They can range in size from a few miles to tens of miles wide, and the nucleus of NEOWISE measures about 3 miles across. When these comets approach the sun, their frozen bodies start to sublimate, and they spew dust and gasses in a tail that can span millions of miles.

Comet NEOWISE made its harrowing close approach to the sun, known as its perihelion, on July 3, and it is now zooming past the Earth on its way back out of the solar system. NEOWISE will make its closest approach (64 million miles) to Earth on July 22, but the best viewing window is happening right now until July 19.

There were a few clouds in the sky, but with the sun setting very late we went out around eleven thirty.

We didn’t have far to go, heading to a local field looking north where I knew the comet would be. The Stellarium mobile app helped me figure out where to look as it’s more north-west than simply north. Look towards where the sun is setting, or has set, and you’ll find it.

At first I took a wide angle photo of the sky as I couldn’t see the comet at all. Once my eyes grew accustomed to the dark I could just about see the comet if I didn’t look directly at it. I can imagine in darker skies it probably would have looked even brighter!

Comet NEOWISE
Comet NEOWISE, 10 sec, f/6.3, ISO 2000

I took a few more photos of this scene but as the night sky got darker I realised I needed a point of interest to draw the eye in. The electricity pole in the field served that purpose well.

Comet NEOWISE
Comet NEOWISE, 6 sec, f/6.3, ISO 4000

As the minutes ticked by I was reminded that focusing in the dark is extremely hard. I recalled that someone mentioned pre-focusing at infinity in daylight hours and marking the place on the lens. I remembered outings with my photography club where someone would shine a light on themselves to help focus. If I had a flashlight I would have gladly used it to focus on that pole. I have so many out of focus photos of that pole and the comet!

Comet NEOWISE
Comet NEOWISE, 15 sec, f/6.3, ISO 2000

It was midnight and I promised my son I’d take “just a few more photos” before we headed off. I had no idea now if the pole was in focus. Zooming the lens adjusted the focus so I had to refocus. We tried shining the lights from our phones on the pole but it barely made a difference. The grass was long and wet with dew so I didn’t want either of us to go trudging through it to shine a light on it. I think I got reasonably lucky with the last shot!

The comet will be back in 6,800 years. I wonder if any of these photos will survive until then?

I’m glad you got to the end of the post. Here’s my top tips for capturing the meteor or just for taking photos of the sky at night:

  1. Open up the aperture as wide as possible. My zoom lens only went to f/6.3 🙁
  2. Bump up the ISO as the light fails to keep the exposure time short. You’ll capture stars too which is a nice bonus. I went to ISO 4000.
  3. A longer exposure records the motion of the Earth. The comet will start to streak and get bigger which you don’t want. I found < 10 seconds, or around 6 seconds best.
  4. Make sure you have some foreground interest. Bring a flashlight to shine on that object to help focus when it’s impossible to manual focus as it’s too dark. Bring someone along to shine a light on the scene to help focus.
  5. I forgot this on the night, but bump the ISO to it’s max to help you focus manually on your foreground interest. Reduce the ISO to shoot.
  6. During daylight hours manually focus on something at infinity. Mark on the lens where that is. It’ll make it simple to focus there when it’s too dark to focus. Similarly, if you know where you’re shooting, focus where your subject will be on the night, and mark the focus.
  7. You don’t need a 300mm or 400mm telephoto lens to shoot the comet. The most interesting photos of it are wide(ish) angle. I should have tried shooting with my nifty 50.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 42mm
ISO 2000
Shutter speed 15s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos Street Urban

Cork at Christmas Time

A few photos taken around Cork City in December with Blarney Photography Club.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 6s
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Canary Islands Lanzarote People Photography Photos Spain

Sitting at the Bar

Sitting at the Bar

At the bar of a hotel in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 34mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 10s