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Candid Cork Ireland Market People Photos St Patrick's Festival Street Urban

The candle seller’s red hat

This man was selling scented candles on a small table in front of the Crawford Art Gallery. The sense of smell is one of our most primitive and releases memories and stirs emotions. He was doing a brisk trade.
When I saw his woolly red hat I had to make a portrait of him!
Pictured during the St Patrick’s Festival Cork.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 72mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Academy Street Architecture Black and White Candid Cork Ireland Market People Photos St Patrick's Festival Street Urban

Cork St Patrick’s Festival Market

One side of Academy Street was taken up by a long line of stalls populated by an international host of sellers! There were biscuits and cakes from Brittany, soaps and wooden toys from France, clothes and trinkets from Peru and lots more.

I took a few shots of this scene but I like this one because the famous tower of St. Anne’s Church, or Shandon Bells as it’s more commonly known is visible in the top right. Nobody could mistake it for anywhere but Cork. That Barry’s Tea sign is a pretty big give away too of course!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 106mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/160s
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Candid Cork English Market Ireland Market People Photos Urban

Look Mommy!

At one of the butchers in the English Market a week ago. This butcher sells great honey collected from bees in Co. Cork! I spotted the joint of meat on the counter as I was leaving.

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Candid Cork English Market Ireland Market People Photos Urban

English Market Seller

There’s a wonderful looking olive and spice stall in the English Market!
Unfortunately it is always mobbed with customers making it difficult to capture a photo of it but I raised my camera into the air and shot this blind.
The original is quite grainy as I used a high ISO of 3200 to compensate for the bad light.
Workflow:

  • Increased the saturation slightly.
  • Unsharp mask with a radius of 5 to bring out the grain more.
  • Duplicate layer and used the Threshold tool to isolate bright parts.
  • Blur the top layer with a radius of 25 pixels.
  • Set the top layer mode to “Soft Light”.
  • Saved a .xcf version, .jpg and a resized jpeg too. I didn’t unsharp mask the resized version.

Hope you find that useful!

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 3200
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Black and White Blackpool Candid Christmas Cork Ireland Market People Photos Urban

Christmas Goods For Sale

At Blackpool shopping center there was a charity event for the Belarussian Orphanage Project. A band played inside and just inside the main doors they were selling Christmas cards and small gifts. Not sure if I should have left this as a colour image but I think as a character study of the boy and woman it works much better in black and
white.