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The Flower Seller

A man selling flowers on Graft Street watches as a woman looks for what she wants to buy

On Grafton Street, Dublin, you’ll find people selling flowers to passing pedestrians. There are a few of them, so business must be pretty good. Lots of foot traffic in the area, though. Lovely displays of colour too.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/500s

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Umbrellas Out!

A woman gets out her umbrella while another woman walks next to her with her umbrella open

On Grafton Street, Dublin. Yes, it’s raining. Get the umbrella out!


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO1000
Shutter speed1/500s

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Too warm for woolies

A woman and a man walk past a shop selling wool hats and scarfs.

On a warm October evening, there was no need for wool caps or scarves.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO12800
Shutter speed1/500s

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Expressway back to home

A bus on the road and a man looks to the right.
A woman in the bus.

Man looking right, woman in the bus looking left, and a red man says stop.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO500
Shutter speed1/500s

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Rain and Umbrellas in Dublin

Two women walk past the entrance to Trinity with umbrellas while it rained.

Two women walk past the entrance to Trinity in Dublin. The 396 bus drives past.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO12800
Shutter speed1/250s

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The Tara Street Train Tracks

A bridge over the River Liffey with train tracks running over it. Liberty Hall and other buildings are seen in the background.

Train tracks lead off over the River Liffey in Dublin from the Tara Street Railway Station. Liberty Hall stands in the background on the other side of the river.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/500s

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Feeding the cat

A man puts some kind of paste on his finger while being watched carefully by his cat who is lying over his shoulder!

It’s not every day you see a man walk by with a cat lying across his shoulder, but this day in Malaga I did.

He was squeezing some kind of paste on to his finger, which I presume may have been a treat for his cat. That cat was very interested in what he was doing!


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/500s

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New Year’s Fireworks in Malaga

Bright fireworks burst in the sky in an explosion of colour
Bright fireworks burst in the sky in an explosion of colour
Bright fireworks burst in the sky in an explosion of colour
Bright fireworks burst in the sky in an explosion of colour. The  Hotel Soho Boutique Equitativa and the Moon can be seen behind.

The new year was welcomed by fireworks lit by a random guy in Plaza de la Marina in Malaga. I thought there would be spectacular fireworks over by the lighthouse as the clocks struck 12, but no, the skies remained empty.

We turned away and saw fireworks lighting the sky next to the towering Hotel Soho Boutique Equitativa near the plaza. Bangers were lit and it was very noisy. I remembered I had Bluetooth earphones, and they helped dull the noise when I started playing Pet Shop Boys a little louder than I would normally.

All the photos were hand held. I had a tripod, but it was hard to know when a firework would go up. I eventually set up the tripod during a lull when they lit some sort of sparkler on the ground, but then the main protagonists just walked away. The show was over.

It was my first time shooting fireworks close up and handheld. I shot in manual mode, with the aperture as wide as I could, ISO 100. After a few shots, I switched to back button focus and focused on the hotel, but I’m not sure if it helped much.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length108mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1s

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Terraced Flats in Dublin

The back of a block of flats. Washing hanging up, flowers decorate the area. A satellite dish pokes out.

Washing on the line, flowers growing in pots, a satellite dish receiving signals from space. All things you see in any other back garden, but visible in the middle of Dublin city on Holles Street.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length118mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/500s

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A newspaper out of the rain

A woman reads a newspaper and a man looks at his coffee in a cafe, through the front window.

A woman reads her newspaper in a café on Grafton Street, Dublin.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO3200
Shutter speed1/500s

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Shopping for LEGO in Dublin

An older man and younger man standing in the middle of a crowded street with a LEGO bag

A LEGO shop opened on Grafton Street, Dublin, this year. I saw queues outside it as kids and harassed parents waited to get in.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/500s

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Ming the Merciless rules 2023

Ming The Merciless, a policeman and a child drawn on the wall of a building.

No sign of Flash Gordon yet, but Ming the Merciless is in Blackpool, Cork on Berwick Lane.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO8000
Shutter speed1/500s