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The view from Quinta da Foz

The view from Quinta da Foz

One of the benefits of working from home at Automattic is meeting up with your team a few times a year in various parts of the world. Obviously that did not happen last year, won’t happen this year either and we had been playing a meetup for April or May last year but that didn’t work out.
In November 2019 I met my team in Porto, Portugal. During the week we had a day to relax so we did a tour of vineyards. After a lengthy drive we toured a couple, took a boat ride on the local river and had a nice meal in a local restaurant. The Quinta da Foz was the second vineyard we visited and it was wonderful. Old architecture and setting mixed with new technology to make wine.

Here’s the view from the road in front looking out on a tributary of the Douro River. It’s a beautiful part of Portugal.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/400s
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The Roman Theatre in Malaga

The Roman Theatre in Malaga

Another one of the Roman Theatre. This time a daylight panorama. They don’t take kindly to people using a tripod so just put the camera on one of the steps and rotate it between shots..

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 24mm
ISO 64
Shutter speed 1/160s
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Malaga Panorama

A panorama of Malaga taken from the hills overlooking the city. November 2018.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 105mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Ireland Photography Photos

Grianán Ailigh Panorama

Grianán Ailigh, or “Grianán of Aileach” in Co Donegal, Ireland. August 2018.

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s
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Ireland Photography Photos

Looking over at Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey, Co Galway. August 2018.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/50s
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Black and White Ireland Photography Photos

Clonea Strand on a Cold August Day

Clonea Strand, Co. Waterford. August 2018.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos Urban

The Former Beamish & Crawford Brewery

South Main Street, Cork. September 2017

This is the site of the famous Beamish & Crawford brewery in Cork. Last week it was revealed that a 1000 year old Viking sword had been found there:

A 1,000-year-old, perfectly preserved Viking sword has been discovered by archaeologists at the historic site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork city.

The wooden weaver’s sword is a little over 30cm in length, made entirely from yew, and features carved human faces typical of the Ringerike style of Viking art, dating it roughly to the late 11th century.

Consultant Archaeologist Dr Maurice Hurley said it was one of several artefacts of “exceptional significance” unearthed during recent excavations at the South Main Street site, along with intact ground-plans of 19 Viking houses, remnants of central hearths and bedding material.

“For a long time there was a belief that the strongest Viking influence was on Dublin and Waterford, but the full spectrum of evidence shows that Cork was in the same cultural sphere and that its development was very similar,” he said.

“A couple of objects similar to the weaver’s sword have been found in Wood Quay, but nothing of the quality of craftsmanship and preservation of this one,” said Dr Hurley, adding that it was “quite miraculous” how the various wooden items had survived underground in such pristine condition.

“The sword was used probably by women, to hammer threads into place on a loom; the pointed end is for picking up the threads for pattern-making. It’s highly decorated – the Vikings decorated every utilitarian object,” he said.

One of the other artefacts found was a wooden thread-winder carved with two horses’ heads, also associated with fabric weaving.

The Viking remains were found in May, but only came to light last week (Sep 19) following an informal visit to the Cork Public Museum by the Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, Else Berit Eikeland.

“The visit did not coincide with any official or diplomatic event, but came about due to the Ambassador’s deep personal interest in the Vikings,” said Museum Curator Daniel Breen.

The 8-month archaeological dig led by Dr Hurley finished in June, but developers BAM Ireland have not given any indication yet when building might begin or end at the controversial site.

A spokesperson for BAM said the company had been delighted to be able to facilitate and fully fund the archaeological excavations, thus adding to the medieval heritage of Cork city.

Plans for a 6,000-seat multi-functional events centre at the site have been bedevilled by design changes, delays and massive financial overruns, with current estimates predicting the project could exceed €73 million.

So far, BAM Ireland and its partners Live Nation are set to provide €33 million towards the project, with the government contributing €12 million and Cork City Council €8 million.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Gougane Barra Panorama

Gougane Barra, Cork. October 2016.

Camera SM-G935F
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Photography Photos

Mahon Falls Panorama

Mahon Falls, Co Waterford. March 2017.

Aperture ƒ/16
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 2s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Kinsale Panorama

A panorama made from several images in Affinity Photo of Kinsale as seen from James Fort.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s
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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
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Black and White Cork Ireland Photography Photos Urban

The Skeleton of the Blackrock Terrace

The Blackrock end of Páirc Uí Chaoimh lies exposed as the stadium has been stripped bare in redevelopment of the area.

This is a panorama stitched together by Affinity Photo with final black and white development done in Lightroom. AP did a great job of stitching the images together and I put the healing brush to good use getting rid of distracting foreground walls.