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The Clougheenmillcon Deer

The Clougheenmillcon Deer

I was out with members of Blarney Photography Club last night at Clougheenmillcon near Blarney. Deer have been spotted in the area but I’d only glimpsed one while driving past some months ago.

A runner approached me with a big smile asking if I’d seen the deer. It was about 300m further on down the path towards Killeens. I was tired already but decided I needed to see it with my own eyes.

Sure enough, it was calmly eating grass by the side of the path. I had my long telephoto lens but there was really no need for it as the animal was so close!

After a few minutes of eating, looking around warily and walking to find the best grass he suddenly galloped off and disappeared into the brush.


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length233.30000305176mm
ISO25600
Shutter speed1/1000s

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Check the horses at Dawstown Point To Point

Check the horses at Dawstown Point To Point

At Dawstown Point to Point yesterday and members of Blarney Photography club made a long awaited return to the field.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length139mm
ISO2500
Shutter speed1/2000s

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A swan in the Atlantic Pond

A swan in the Atlantic Pond

A swan swimming by my side as I walked along the path.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO5000
Shutter speed1/500s

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Reaching for the sky

Reaching for the sky

The enormous (for Lanzarote) Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa sits in the harbour of Arrecife and dominates the skyline. It’s the tallest building on the island and not without controversy. Some time after it’s construction a law came into force forbidding the construction of such tall buildings on the island.

This page says it was built almost overnight in 1988, but Wikipedia and other sources mention 1970 or 1971. It suffered a huge fire in 1994 but was then reopened as 5 star hotel in 2004. I think I need to go up to the rooftop bar next time for the views ..

This is a long exposure shot. I didn’t have my tripod with me so I had to rest the camera on a wall, with my wallet and a lens cap under the lens to tilt the camera up. Making things more precarious was the very strong gusts of wind that blew through the area that would almost knock you over that day. Certainly if you were huddling over the camera, trying to keep it steady for the 10 seconds or so of this image.


Apertureƒ/16
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO50
Shutter speed25s

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A plane landing in Lanzarote

Planes come in for landing

A plane landing at the airport in Lanzarote. I captured it in multiple shots as it sped by my location on the beach at Mirador de Acercamiento.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/320s

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The Road to Femés

The Road to Femés

Every time I go to Lanzarote I like to photograph the road coming from Playa Blanca to Femés. It leads to a very steep hill that some cars have problems with. Our hired car included, as it was very underpowered!

If you look carefully you’ll see the ghostly image of a car near the pole in the foreground of this image. They stopped for a good few seconds before successfully getting to the top of the hill.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO400
Shutter speed30s

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A Very Curious Cat

A Very Curious Cat

A very curious and friendly cat in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO1250
Shutter speed1/500s

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Lights on in the evening

Lights on in the evening

The tower of the Centro Deportivo Fariones in Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote is lit up in the evening.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/4s

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The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool

Ready for an evening swim in the pool?


Apertureƒ/9
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed2s

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Lanzarote Santa in April

Lanzarote Santa in April

Can you imagine how hot Santa would be in his great big coat on a warm April day? Luckily this was back in January, but it was still quite warm. Warm enough that I was standing in the shade!


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO500
Shutter speed1/500s

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City Life in Malaga

City Life in Malaga

Walking and cycling in front of a construction site.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/250s

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Leaving El Caminito del Ray

Leaving El Caminito del Ray

The valley of El Caminito del Ray lies just behind the cliffs on the right. It was a spectacular walk in rural Spanish countryside near Malaga.


Apertureƒ/16
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/80s