Cork, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos, Street, Urban

The Burning of the Total Abstinence Association Hall

The Total Abstinence Association Hall on Station Road in Blarney was an unused shell of it’s former self by the time I moved to Blarney but others have fond memories of activities there.

In 2005 I saw smoke billowing up from Station Road and found Cork Fire Brigade hosing down the remains of a fire that had gutted the building earlier.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera DMC-FZ5
Focal length 6mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Hotel Los Fariones

hotel los fariones

Snow? Ice? Cold rain and biting wind? What are you talking about? Look at the sunshine streaming down through the palm trees! The swimming pool is nice and refreshing.

I can dream can’t I? This is the view from our room in Hotel Los Fariones in Puerto Del Carmen. Lovely hotel, and while we were there in May 2006 it was nice and quiet. Breakfast is great, although their sausages tasted strange and I still remember that almost 3 years later. Beds were *very* hard. My wife and I had to get a massage by the end of our stay to get rid of the aches and pains from lying on them.

By the last weekend it was busier and I swear, I know it’s an urban myth, but I heard German tourists rushing out to put their towels on the pool loungers first thing in the morning. Looks like I’m not the only one to experience this early morning rush:

  1. Sun lounger towel annexation declared illegal
  2. German sun lounger issue settled
  3. Sun lounger law rules towels illegal
  4. If I actually used the loungers much (I prefered to use them in the late afternoon when it was cooler) I should have followed the advice in the comments here.

    The trick to beating this tactic and not having to deal with the angry sunbather when they return is to leave the towel on the ground and move the entire chair somewhere else.

Camera dDP series
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Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Photos, Spain

Puerto Del Carmen Boats

Puerto Del Carmen Boats

I could post a photo of the snow that fell this morning in Blarney but I think everyone is sick of the cold weather. Instead here’s a photo from my honeymoon in Lanzarote. This was taken in Puerto Del Carmen on a roasting hot day when even the ground was too hot to touch!

More sunny photos to follow! 🙂

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera DMC-FZ5
Focal length 6mm
ISO 80
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Architecture, Candid, Cork, Ireland, Panasonic FZ5, People, Photography, Photos, Signs, St Patrick's Street, Street, Urban

No Through Road

No Through Road

Construction work on the building site between Emmett Place and Patrick Street in Cork continues at a pace. Despite the slow down in the economy high rise cranes can still be seen on the city skyline and are more prominent than the recently opened Elysian.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera DMC-FZ5
Focal length 6mm
ISO 80
Shutter speed 1/160s
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Black and White, Cork, Cornmarket Street, Ireland, Look up, Panasonic FZ5, Photos, Sky, Urban

Cables to the Heavens

Cables from a crane on the construction site at the old Guy & Company building in Cork.

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera DMC-FZ5
Focal length 6mm
ISO 80
Shutter speed 1/1300s
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Cork, Ireland, Look up, Panasonic FZ5, Photos, Signs, Urban

The Anarchist Postman

Graffiti of a postman, or could be a police officer on a wall off South Main Street in Cork.

This was taken several months ago but was still there last time I looked! Sorry for the large file size. Jpeg compression doesn’t like random pixels.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera DMC-FZ5
Focal length 17.700000762939mm
ISO 80
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Blarney, Cork, Flowers, Ireland, Look up, Nature, Panasonic FZ5, Photos, Sky

Daffodils in the sky

Lovely bright daffodils to brighten up your gloomy November Monday morning!

This was taken way back on March 18th this year on the same day I shot these daffodils! The image has been sitting in my WIP folder for months but after my gimp lomo post I decided to post this in a larger format.

Post processing: Auto-levels, gimp lomo and save. Resized version has been sharpened and I could have done more with the dodge and burn tool to bring out the detail in the flowers but this will have to do.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera DMC-FZ5
Focal length 6mm
ISO 80
Shutter speed 1/400s
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