Birds, Black and White, Boat, Canon 20D, Cork, Houses, Ireland, Kinsale, Long Exposure, Night, People, Photography, Photos, Sea, Sigma 10-20, Sigma 18-200, Sky, Street, Urban, Water

Kinsale at Night

The quiet, residential part of Kinsale as photographed from the busy touristy part across the harbour! This was a long exposure shot that came out quite nicely but it did show up the dead pixels on my sensor again. Good thing I don’t have time to shoot many of these types of photos nowadays.

The fight against comment spammers never ends. This blog is listed on a few “do follow” listings and I caught someone this morning leaving a comment after they came here from a “site:inphotos.org” Google search. The comment is delinked but even if I hadn’t, his url still wouldn’t have shown because I only show it after a certain number of comments have been made. It’s my thank you to the regular commenters here. The pagerank you get from that link isn’t diluted by the spammers.

PS. Phil O’Kane will be in Cork next weekend from Friday to Sunday. I’ll be meeting him at Robodock at 3pm and hopefully before but maybe we can get a small photomeet together at some stage on Saturday or Sunday?

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 15s
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Birds, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Look up, Photos, Sky, The Lough, Urban

Swans on The Lough

Swans swim past on The Lough in Cork City. This was one of the first photos I took at the recent photowalk there. Despite the clear blue sky and lovely light it was quite cold with a biting wind!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s
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Birds, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Photos, Sigma 10-20, The Lough, Water

Three’s a crowd

Some of the swans at the Lough a few weeks ago during the photo walk. Got a few more shots from that session to post!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 125mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/640s
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Birds, Candid, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, People, Photos, The Lough, Urban, Water

Heads up at the Lough

This was shot from a precarious position. I jumped up on one of the concrete posts dotted around the pond and very carefully snapped a couple of shots. I just about managed to balance there for a few minutes! See the two black swans everyone else was shooting?

From left to right: Donal, Ryan, Kevin, Katie and Sean spotted me and started shooting the biggest birdbrain there ..

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/200s
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Birds, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, People, Photos, The Lough, Urban, Water

Feed the swans at the Lough

Girls feed the swans at the Lough on Sunday afternoon.

Urban acid 🙂

Will posted his first photo from the day on his blog. He did arrive late, but he made up for lost time!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Birds, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Nature, Photos, The Lough, Urban, Water

The Swan’s Wings

You really only appreciate how large and imposing a swan is when they rear up out of the water and spread their magnificent wings. While at The Lough on Sunday there were a number of fights between swans. Guess it’s that time of the year again, eh?

The swans were fairly tame towards us humans, and allowed us to shoot quite closely, but I’ve had run ins with swans before and I’m always suspicious of them!

Katie caught me as I lay on the ground to get a shot of The Lough Church. Embarrassed? Me? Never, I’ve been in many other more compromising situations just to get a shot!

Ryan posted a whole set of photos from the day and Kevin has posted his first shot.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Birds, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Lights, Long Exposure, Night, Photos, Sigma 10-20, Sky, The Lough, Urban, Water

The lonely swan

A solitary swan swims on the calm waters of The Lough as the sun disappears at the end of the day.

Believe it or not, this is a 10 second exposure that turned out much better than I could have hoped! I balanced my camera on the edge of the Lough, set it to Aperture priority mode at f/11, dialed the exposure down two stops, flipped up the camera flash and took the shot.

How does this work?

  • By setting the aperture to a fairly high value little light is let into the camera sensor.
  • By setting the exposure down two stops the whole scene will be underexposed but bright areas will be exposed mostly correctly.
  • Given the above settings, any dark moving objects will be completely invisible so when the flash fired it picked out the swan swimming past and even created a nice reflection in the water.

Hope that helps!

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 10s
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