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The view from Quinta da Foz

The view from Quinta da Foz

One of the benefits of working from home at Automattic is meeting up with your team a few times a year in various parts of the world. Obviously that did not happen last year, won’t happen this year either and we had been playing a meetup for April or May last year but that didn’t work out.
In November 2019 I met my team in Porto, Portugal. During the week we had a day to relax so we did a tour of vineyards. After a lengthy drive we toured a couple, took a boat ride on the local river and had a nice meal in a local restaurant. The Quinta da Foz was the second vineyard we visited and it was wonderful. Old architecture and setting mixed with new technology to make wine.

Here’s the view from the road in front looking out on a tributary of the Douro River. It’s a beautiful part of Portugal.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Black and White Cork Ireland Photography Photos Street Urban

2m at the train station

2m at the train station

These social distancing indicators are a sign of the times in 2020 and 2021. Something that anyone from any country would now recognise.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/30s
Categories
Cork Ireland Photography Photos Urban

A Blarney Sunrise

A Blarney Sunrise

The sun rises over the houses of Shamrock Terrace in Blarney, late November 2020.

Aperture ƒ/2.4
Camera SM-G965F
Focal length 6mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland Photography Photos Urban

Unwrap the Building

Unwrap the Building

The new Windsor Hotel on McCurtain Street was still wrapped up last October when I took this photo of the building.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Ireland Photography Photos Urban

The red cobbles

The red cobbles

The new Shaky Bridge (Shakey Bridge?), or Daly’s Bridge, is a huge improvement over the old. The lighting makes it stand out, and it still has the shakes like the old one!

I love the cobbles on the ground nearby but the ugly concrete support under the walkway up to it leaves something to be desired. 🙁

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 4s
Categories
Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Michael Mansfield of Ardmore, Co Waterford

Many years ago I published a few photos of Ardmore in Co Waterford. The post received a number of comments about one particular photo of a gentleman on a motorbike. His name was Michael Mansfield and unfortunately he passed away in 2009 but that hasn’t stopped the occasional visitor from leaving a comment since then, the most recent being yesterday.

That comment prompted me to look up the photos I made that day in 2005 to find more photos of Michael Mansfield. Here are the three I found, including the one that appeared in the original post.

Michael Mansfield

Michael Mansfield

Michael Mansfield

Reading the comments I wish I had stopped to talk to Michael. He seems to have been quite the character around Ardmore!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera CYBERSHOT
Focal length 25.1mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Cork Ireland Photography Photos Urban

Red Sky in the Morning

Red Sky at Morning

Red sky at night, shepherds’ delight.
Red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning.

Aperture ƒ/2.4
Camera SM-G965F
Focal length 6mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s
Categories
Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Morning Walks around Blarney

Covid-19 Lockdown began again in Ireland for six weeks until December 1st. Hopefully people don’t go crazy drinking and partying in December thinking the Coronavirus is gone, but of course they will. Bet we’ll have another lockdown in January.

We’re restricted to exercising within 5km of our homes now, which is ridiculous when you live in a village but obviously makes sense if you live in a build up urban area. I get out for a quick walk most mornings around Blarney and the sun rising is always a nice experience.


The Mill built an outside dining area for customers and even had nice fake trees with these flowers dotted around the area. When lockdown was announced they pull down part of it, including these trees. Hopefully they’ll be back in December.


The leaves of trees in the carpark of the Woollen Mills in Blarney as the sun rose.


Waterloo Joinery and other signs point the way up Waterloo Road.


Mushrooms growing in a tree stump in the grounds of the Woollen Mills.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera DSC-RX100M4
Focal length 12.06mm
ISO 5000
Shutter speed 1/40s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Queue for the Whopper

Queue for the Whopper

Last month in Burger King, St. Patrick Street, Cork.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 18mm
ISO 5000
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

The Blue Hand

The Blue Hand

Masked on Grand Parade, Cork. September 2020.

Aperture ƒ/2.4
Camera SM-G965F
Focal length 4.3mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/610s
Categories
Black and White Photography Photos Street Urban

Daddy T

Daddy T

A poster, Bristol, United Kingdom

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 1000
Shutter speed 1/250s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Cork Street Photography

Cork Street Photography

St. Patrick Street, Cork. August 2020.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/1250s