The People’s Regatta in Cobh ended with a spectacular fireworks display last night! I got there early and set up just below Cobh Cathedral. I could see that Kennedy Park was packed, the pier was too but there were only a few around the Cathedral. About five minutes before the fireworks were due to start the street quickly filled with onlookers!


Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 70mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 6s
Cork, Ireland, Photography, Photos, Urban

Fireworks At Cobh People’s Regatta 2019

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A photography exhibit opened in Nano Nagle Place last Friday. A number of my photos are on display there and it was wonderful to see those them there and the photos of Cork by other photographers. Here’s a few photos of that evening!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 26mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/500s
Cork, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos, Street, Urban

Some Photos of Nano Nagle Place

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Spike Island in Cork Harbour celebrated it’s 81st birthday yesterday with a fireworks display. 1300 fireworks were set off, one for each of the inmates who died on the island during it’s time as a prison over the centuries. I didn’t have a ticket for the event but it was visible from many parts of the Harbour, including Cobh where I gathered with members of Blarney Photography Club.

The evening was warm, and although the fireworks display was far away from Cobh it was enjoyed by everyone around.

It had been a while since I’d photographed fireworks so the tips in this video came in handy:

  1. Use a tripod.
  2. Use a cable release.
  3. Use a wide angle lens (not this time, probably)
  4. Focus just shy of infinity.
  5. Use manual mode.
  6. Shoot at f/8 to f/10.
  7. Use a slow shutter speed. (3-6 seconds). Use bulb mode and a shutter release to capture the light before it trails off.
  8. Shoot at ISO 100.

It turns out that shooting at f/8 or f/10 wasn’t the right aperture after all. It wasn’t letting in enough light in the time I wanted. The fireworks were so far away and the surrounding water and countryside so dark that images were very dark.
Before the event we tested settings trying to get an exposure of -2EV so the surrounding countryside was dark but it rapidly grew darker while the fireworks flew into the air so you had to keep an eye on the exposure every few shots!
My first shots of the night were much too dark. I was shooting in manual mode with a shutter release and I was only shooting short one to five second exposures. It wasn’t until I went over 7 seconds and up to 15 seconds that I got usable images.

In an urban environment and if the fireworks are closer you definitely should start at f/8, but you have to adjust your settings to your situation.

The first (out of focus) shot here is a 7 second exposure, f/7.1 at ISO 100, and that was good enough for a few minutes.

fireworks

Only four minutes later I needed more light so I opened the aperture to f/5.6.

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A few minutes later again I increased the ISO to 200 which has the effect of making the camera sensor more sensitive to light. That wasn’t enough and I increased the ISO to 400, with various exposure times for the last few images.

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Shooting RAW and working in Lightroom or other RAW processor means you can push the photo more so exposure settings don’t have to be spot on every time. In Lightroom I found it useful to increase temperature of the photo to make it warm to counteract the blue hour light after the sun set. I increased the highlights a bit, took down whites and increased vibrance a small amount. Apart from cropping there wasn’t much else done to the images.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 127mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 8s
Cork, Ireland, Photography, Photos

Spike Island Fireworks

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If you visit Malaga during Easter Week you’ll soon become aware of the many processions that happen in the city. Young and old alike throng the city waiting patiently for processions to pass. They happen in the middle of the day, they happen at night. You can be walking down a road after dinner when you’ll hear drumming or a brass band in the distance and suddenly your way is blocked for the next ten minutes.

It’s amazing to see. Be prepared to take your time and take detours if you visit around Easter. 🙂


Aperture ƒ/4.5
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 18mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/250s
Black and White, People, Photography, Photos, Street, Urban

A visit to Malaga during Easter Week

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This year there was no St. Patrick’s Day parade in Blarney so my son and I went into Cork City to catch the parade there. There was a good turnout, and lots of participants in the parade. Unfortunately I picked a bad place to watch the parade from but later wandered about and found somewhere better. 🙂

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 500
Shutter speed 1/500s
Cork, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos, Street, Urban

The 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork City.

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Flash Harry played in the Opera House last night to a sold out crowd. They’re a Queen tribute band from Belfast and this is my third time seeing them, and I have to admit, they’re getting better with age!

Check out their Facebook page for updates and go see them if you have the opportunity!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 100mm
ISO 12800
Shutter speed 1/125s
Cork, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos, Urban

Flash Harry at the Opera House

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