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Early Morning Mist

Early Morning Mist

Mist and fog (the same thing?) gather in the hollows of an early morning last week near Blarney.


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/200s

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Along the Marina

Along the Marina

Looking along the Marina in Blackrock on a quiet Friday afternoon. The trees have started to shed their leaves, but the recent rains must be helping. The heatwave in August has passed. I still see plenty of green.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length146mm
ISO2500
Shutter speed1/160s

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A tree at sunset

A tree at sunset

Walking through the grounds of Blarney Castle late one November evening when the sun is setting. The shadows grow long and black fills the spaces between orange light.


Apertureƒ/9
CameraDSC-RX100M4
Focal length8.8mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/60s

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The Colours of Autumn

The Colours of Autumn

The golden colours of Autumn are a firm favourite of every photographer. Here’s a reminder of what they look like as trees in the northern hemisphere are now showing green shoots and daffodils are flowering.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraDSC-RX100M4
Focal length8.8mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/100s

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Sunrise in Blarney

Sunrise in Blarney

The sun rises slowly over the horizon almost exactly 4 years ago in March 2018.


Apertureƒ/14
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length300mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/640s

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The Weir in Ballincollig Regional Park

The Weir in Ballincollig Regional Park

On a particularly foggy morning in December 2002 I wandered around Ballincollig Regional Park. I photographed the weir that morning in the mist. Wasn’t much to be heard except the rushing of the water.

Some fifteen years later the centre of the weir would collapse. The OPW may rebuild it at a cost of over €1m. Hopefully that happens.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraFinePix2800ZOOM
Focal length8.2mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/170s

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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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Which Way is Up?

Which Way is Up?

A perfect reflection by the River Martin walk in Blarney.

(It’s flipped)


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/340s

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Light Shines Through

Light Shines Through

Light shines through the trees overlooking in the River Martin in Blarney.


Apertureƒ/7.1
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length35mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/160s

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The Curve and a Tree

The Curve and a Tree

Walking back to the main building of Quinta da Roêda in the Douro Valley, Portugal in 2019. This tree was probably the tallest in the immediate area.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length31mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/100s

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The Oldest Bridge in Ireland

The Oldest Bridge in Ireland

The oldest bridge in Ireland is claimed to be this bridge built by St. Patrick in the 6th century. It’s on the grounds of Moville Boutique Hostel in Co. Donegal.

I say “claimed” because there are others such as the Esker Bridge in Dublin and this one in Trim.

Who knows? The hostel is lovely and well worth a visit so you might as well visit the bridge while you’re there!


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