On the steps of the Museo Nacional del Prado

A woman adjusts her handbag on the steps of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. A couple have their photo taken in the background.
Large signs show the text "MANE en el Prado" and some dates. Two people enter the museum.

I remember visiting the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid and I loved it.

I visited Madrid in 2003 to stay with a good friend for a week. Back then, we only had rubbish 1mp cameras on our phones, if they had cameras at all. I had my Sony F717 with me and with a unique swivel body, 5MP sensor and 5X optical zoom I loved that camera.

Twenty years later and this photo is seeing the light of day. I love how ordinary this photo is. I wonder if that couple in the background is still together. Is the woman with the handbag still living in Madrid?

Focal length9.7mm
Shutter speed1/125s

Photography Photos

The Victoria & Albert Museum Cafe

The cafe of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is a stunning room at the back of the building. I photographed it while visiting London with a group of street photographers from Cork yesterday. We were over for the day and packed a whole lot of photography into the hours we had there.

This photo is a panorama made from five photos in Affinity Photo. The room is quite dark so the photos were shot at ISO 12800 and even then the photos at the right side of the room were relatively long 1/25 second exposures!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 12800
Shutter speed 1/30s
Architecture Cobh Cork Ireland Night People Photos Sigma 18-200 Urban

Cobh Train Station

Cobh Train Station, taken just before closing many months ago. It’s a long exposure shot of the interior of a fine building on the quay-side.

“The Queenstown Story”, a museum in the background of this shot is worth a visit and tells the story of the port of Cobh as the last place 3 million Irish people saw before they sailed for the United States. Some of those sailed on the ill-fated Titanic.

The Queenstown Story on has more reviews, and pictures of the museum if you’re interested.

Techincal details:

  1. Duplicate Layer
  2. Brighten new layer with Curves tool.
  3. Blur with Gaussian Blur and a radius of 15 pixels.
  4. Black/White conversion with channel mixer.
  5. Change layer mode to Grain merge, 82.5% opacity.
  6. Resize and unsharp mask the lower layer.

I like this: Shandon Tower.

Aperture ƒ/16
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 8s