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The Clougheenmillcon Deer

The Clougheenmillcon Deer

I was out with members of Blarney Photography Club last night at Clougheenmillcon near Blarney. Deer have been spotted in the area but I’d only glimpsed one while driving past some months ago.

A runner approached me with a big smile asking if I’d seen the deer. It was about 300m further on down the path towards Killeens. I was tired already but decided I needed to see it with my own eyes.

Sure enough, it was calmly eating grass by the side of the path. I had my long telephoto lens but there was really no need for it as the animal was so close!

After a few minutes of eating, looking around warily and walking to find the best grass he suddenly galloped off and disappeared into the brush.


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length233.30000305176mm
ISO25600
Shutter speed1/1000s

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Mushrooms on a Tree

Mushrooms on a Tree

Mushrooms growing in the wilds of the Galtee Mountains.


Apertureƒ/20
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length55mm
ISO100
Shutter speed6s

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The Golden Fields of Ballycotton

The Golden Fields of Ballycotton

At certain times of the year the Ballycotton cliff walk allows you to walk next to rich golden fields under blue skies.

Not at this time of year obviously. This was in July 2011!


Apertureƒ/10
CameraCanon EOS 40D
Focal length18mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/250s

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Autumn Colours in Blarney Castle Gardens

We’ve been lucky this year that the autumn and early winter has been so mild. It was 15C today! I think of this display as one last hurrah before the cold and rain and wind really sets in.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/50s

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Bunches of Mushrooms

Bunches of Mushrooms

Clusters of mushrooms growing out of an old tree trunk by a small river.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length50mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/8s

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Tiny Mushroom

Tiny Mushroom

Here’s one of my attempts at a mushroom photo, focus stacked from 4 roughly the same images.

This sort of photography is really hard isn’t it? You have to get down really low which is a problem itself if you don’t have a tripod to suit. An extension tube is a requirement as I don’t have a macro lens, and then trying to manually focus on the different parts of the mushroom is a challenge.

The focus assist in my camera really helped there. It shows dancing dots where the image is focused but even at f/14 it wasn’t enough to encompass the entire mushroom from front to back. Tap to zoom paid off a few times as it blows up the image to help focusing.

It was fascinating to see the focus dots move like a wave through the scene as I zoomed in and out. Yes, zooming in and out moved the focus point significantly! Significantly here means a few centimetres. Everything is small scale here.


Apertureƒ/14
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length105mm
ISO100
Shutter speed2.5s

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Cork Ireland Photos

Down and down the hill

Down and down the hill

Walking down the hill in Knockomagh Wood, Co Cork in March 2015.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 3200
Shutter speed 1/125s
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The Pink Butterfly Bush

The Pink Butterfly Bush

A butterfly bush in Fitzgerald Park, July 2016.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 300mm
ISO 1600
Shutter speed 1/250s
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The Cat in the Ditch

The Cat in the Ditch

Spotted this little guy in the ditch behind my home a few days ago. Handsome fella but nervous of humans. He hid when my neighbour walked past!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 600mm
ISO 640
Shutter speed 1/500s
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The Lispole Viaduct

The Lispole Viaduct

If you’ve been to Dingle you’ve probably passed through the village of Lispole. It’s on that long fairly straight road where the speed limit is 60km/h. There are lovely views from the top of the hill overlooking the village and this viaduct sits behind the petrol station at the bottom of the village.

I’d seen the viaduct many times over the years but (I think) never stopped to photograph it until 2 weeks ago. According to a nearby sign it was part of the Dingle – Tralee railway line which ran from 1891 to 1953. An important part of the long community so long ago.

Aperture ƒ/1.8
Camera SM-G998B
Focal length 6.7mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/1100s
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Black and White Ireland Photos

Fencing in the hills

Fencing in the hills

Fence running away from me in the hills above the Conor Pass, Co Kerry.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 4s
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Waves Collide

Waves Collide

When one force of nature meets an immovable object something has to give.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera DSC-RX100M4
Focal length 12.81mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/500s