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Ireland Photography Photos

Ballysaggartmore Towers

Ballysaggartmore Towers

One the two Ballysaggartmore Towers in Co Waterford. They are regarded as follies built no later than 1834. From the Wikipedia page:

“They were constructed for an Anglo Irish Landlord, Arthur Keily-Ussher no later than 1834. He held an estate of approximately 8000 acres, the majority of which was rented to tenant farmers but he retained approximately 1000 acres as a personal demesne. The lodges were constructed on the main avenue leading to the family’s residence; Ballysaggartmore House. The house itself was large but of a very plain design, which was in obvious contrast to the lodges. An account from 1834 indicates that a main house predated the lodges. This account also reports that they were built from designs by the head gardener; John Smyth and that the main entrance gates were forged locally for the sum of about £150.”

I took quick photos of the other Tower but we were drenched by a sudden cloud burst of rain so we were pretty miserable and just wanted to get back to the car.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 1000
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Neville the Puppy

Neville the Puppy

Neville the Puppy

Neville, a soon to be service dog in training, enjoying his first day out among humans. He ran straight back to his human Mom looking for cuddles after this quick photoshoot. He’s adorable!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 240mm
ISO 3200
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Christmas 2020 in Cork

December 2020, the month we all partied and caused a surge in Covid19 infections in January 2021.

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Photography Photos

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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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

You could get lost in here

You could get lost in here

In the grounds of Blarney Castle, November 2020.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 35mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/13s
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Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street

Socially Distanced Fishing

Socially distanced Fishing

Fishing off Ballycotton Pier, September 2020.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Ireland Photography Photos

Dunquin Pier

Dunquin Harbour

Dunquin Pier, or Cé Dún Chaoin, in Co Kerry where boats to the Blasket Islands depart from. Beautiful location in the summer but right about now it’ll be a lot less hospitable. Moments before I took this photo, three girls were taking selfies and posing for photos sitting on the edge of the cliff here. Gave me vertigo watching them!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/2s
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Photography Photos

Who’d love some winter sun?

Who'd love some winter sun??

Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. December 2019. A lifetime ago.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 300mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Black and White Cork Ireland Photography Photos Street Urban

2m at the train station

2m at the train station

These social distancing indicators are a sign of the times in 2020 and 2021. Something that anyone from any country would now recognise.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/30s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

The trees on the horizon

The trees on the horizon

Behind Long Strand in Co Cork, in late December. Awful weather. Cold, blustery, but there’s a great fish & chips there called The Fish Basket.

Aperture ƒ/2.4
Camera SM-G965F
Focal length 4.3mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/240s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Galley Head Sky

Galley Head Sky

The setting sun hid behind clouds near Galley Head last December.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 27mm
ISO 500
Shutter speed 1/60s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

A light snow in Blarney

Light Snow in Blarney

Light Snow in Blarney

It snowed for about half an hour this morning. Ironically, the country could do with a heavy snow to encourage less travel.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s