August 10, 2009
Looking West from St. Anne’s, Shandon
Nikon D70s, f8, 1/200 sec, ISO 200, 27mm equivalent (click to enlarge)
It seems that when you live somewhere, even for quite a time, you still don’t get to see things that tourists would take in their stride even in a visit of just a couple of days. I grew up near Cambridge and took all the magnificence for granted, of course it wasn’t until I left that I began to appreciate the place in its proper context. So walking around Cork the other day we decided to have a look at things from a tourists point of view. We hopped on the open-top tour bus and took in the sites and learned much that we didn’t know about the history of this fascinating city.
One of the several highlights was a stop at Shandon, where I took our eldest son up to the top of the tower of St. Anne’s church. With the bells ringing you have to wear ear protectors. Wearing these whist negotiating low wooden beams and narrow stairs makes the trek to the top all the more challenging, but well worth it once you are there.
This photo is looking west. Like with the previous post I’ve been messing around with the perspective – hopefully this time giving the picture the slight illusion of being like a model.
Looking down on the city from on high is a strange experience. I could not help but think of so many people living out their lives, many of whom having little or no knowledge of the God who loves them so much that He gave His one and only Son. The church (of all denominations) has in so many ways let the people down. How many will enter eternity not knowing God because they were forever put off trusting in Him by the hypocrisy of so many Christians? Oh dear I’d better stop here …
July 27, 2009
Nikon D70s, f5, 1/125 sec, ISO 200, 69mm equivalent
Nikon D70s, f4.5, 1/80 sec, -0.33 Ev, ISO 200, 27mm equivalent
Nikon D70s, f4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 640, 84mm equivalent
Nikon D70s, f8, 1/125 sec, ISO 200, 27mm equivalent
A couple of Saturdays ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with a bunch of photographers for a “photo walk” around Cork city, organised by Donncha O Caoimh as part of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide photo walk. I’d never done anything like this before at all and it was really great fun. Normally when I start talking to people about available light, aperture, hyperfocal distance and so on the yawns come even quicker than during one of my Sunday sermons. But here I was, able to converse in photographer’s gobbledegook and learn so much from others who knew a lot more than me.
The city was very crowded with various events that were happening, so the group dwindled as the afternoon wore on. I lost them after about two hours or so but by then I’d managed to take 88 pictures and went home happy.
You can see everyone’s pictures on a Flickr group. I can’t wait until the next photo walk, when hopefully the sun will shine for a bit longer than the 5 minutes it did on this occasion!
April 17, 2009
Sony Ericsson K800i mobile phone, f2.8, 1/50 sec, ISO 80
Came across this chap whilst walking down Grand Parade in Cork. At first I thought he was doing some incredible double-jointed thing with his feet, but then realised that he had in fact taken his boots off! Even though I don’t know what’s going on inside his head, I admire his courage and commitment…
(The photo is pretty poor quality because I only had my the camera on my mobile phone to hand).
November 13, 2008
Panasonic LX1, f4.9, 1/400sec, ISO 80, 0EV, 28mm equivalent (Click to enlarge)
Panasonic LX1, f4.9, 1/400sec, ISO 80, -0.3 EV, 28mm equivalent (Click to enlarge)
The sharp-eyed among you will easily be able to work out which photo was taken first ;-) The tower of St. Anne’s, Shandon is one of the most well known sights of Cork city. Yesterday I got a bit lost trying to take a shortcut to the Orthopaedic Hospital and was pleasantly surprised at finding myself at the foot of this famous Church building. The light was interesting and I had my small pocket camera with me, so much to the amusement of a few of the patrons of a nearby drinking establishment I took a couple of pictures…