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When the sun rises tomorrow…

When the sun rises tomorrow...

It seems unreal but most of the Covid19 restrictions will be lifted in Ireland tomorrow morning at 6am.

  • Pubs and restaurant hours to return to normal.
  • Nightclubs reopen.
  • FULL attendance at indoor and outdoor events.
  • Covid pass requirement gone for hospitality.

You’ll still need the Covid digital cert (or I presume a negative PCR?) to travel on a plane though.

Today we had just over 11,000 new cases of Covid19, but it’s omicron, “the mild variant”. Our hospitals aren’t overflowing. The Taoiseach spoke this evening and acknowledged that case numbers will go up. Hopefully not too many of those extra people die or suffer long term disability.

Despite the frost on the ground in the photo above this has been a remarkably mild winter. If I go anywhere I’ll be eating and drinking outside for a good while yet.


Apertureƒ/1.8
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length6.7mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/1050s

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Blarney Castle Sunset

Blarney Castle Sunset

A few days ago we had a lovely sunset and luckily I was out walking with my wife around the village. Here’s a shot from the road outside. This is a silhouette anyone in Blarney will recognise, isn’t it?


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/490s

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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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Along the road in Ballycanneen

Along the road in Ballycanneen

The sun set over the Dingle Peninsula in July this year. A lovely evening to be out photographing the end of the day.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/15s

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As the sun sets

As the sun sets

The sun setting off in the distance creates lovely colours in the sky at Inch Beach, Co Kerry. A long time ago in 2015.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length24mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/2s

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The Ballydehob Bridge

The Ballydehob Bridge

Early in October we were lucky to have some wonderful weather for almost hours at a time. I spent some of that time in Ballydehob taking photos of the fabulous bridge there.

Ten minutes later it started raining and I was running to the car!


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/250s

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Sunset on the road

Sunset on the road

A single exposure at 1/30 of a second because the road, even if it is in rural Ireland on the Dingle Peninsula. Cars drove past at most every 5-6 minutes.

Lightroom’s new masking tools were really helpful working on this image.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/30s

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Sunset Afterglow at Inniscarra

Sunset Afterglow at Inniscarra

Apertureƒ/9
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length50mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/30s

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Stormy Clouds Over The Beara Peninsula

Stormy Clouds Over The Beara Peninsula

Storm clouds rolled in as I tried to shoot the sunset from Sheep’s Head. The sun had already dipped by this time and I was rushing to get a few photos before the rain came. Luckily there was time but ominous clouds were overhead as I ran back to the car at the last minute!


Apertureƒ/11
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length28mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/5s

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Sunrise over Muckross Lake

Sunrise over Muckross Lake

An early morning drive to the Lakes of Killarney this morning resulted in an eventful trip for Blarney Photography Club today. Rain didn’t spoil the sunrise, but a trip afterwards to the Gap of Dunloe didn’t go so well with a literal storm blowing up between the hills.

The photo above is from Dinis Cottage if you’re interested. Lovely walk down there and so picturesque!


Apertureƒ/11
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/160s

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Sunset in Blarney

Sunset in Blarney

Sunset a few days ago was lovely as we walked around Blarney.


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/50s

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Sun sets on the Dingle Peninsula

Sun sets on the Dingle Peninsula

The sun sets on the Dingle Peninsula, in Ballycanneen.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/8s